Post-inspection treats for students
Our students have enjoyed a treat as a ‘thank you’ for their continued hard work and good behaviour which helped us to get a positive result from our Diocesan inspection last week. Years 7 to 10 have enjoyed a film and an ice-cream, whereas the sixth form have had an extended coffee break with free drinks and cookies. Well done to all at St Thomas More Catholic School on two very successful school inspections in one year!
First day back at school dates for different year groups
Whilst we are all looking forward to a break, I just want to remind our families that we will return to school on 5th September with an INSET day for teachers only, Years 7 and 12 will have their induction day on Tuesday 6th September and the whole school will return on Wednesday 7th September
Needless to say our uniform standards will remain high, please can I ask parents not to allow students to wear shoes that do not meet out standards (check on our website if in doubt), to have piercings or extreme haircuts or colourings as it may cause embarrassment when we ask you to get the issue corrected, and your child may need to be educated in our unit whilst the matter is resolved. Ofsted have given me the power to select and enforce high standards for our students’ uniform, and it is a strength of our school that our students are always smart and ready to learn.
Extended day for all year 11 and for sixth form as required
Year 11 students will stay until 4pm from Monday to Thursday, homework and after school clubs will be available on other days.
Years 12 and 13 must be prepared to stay until 4pm to complete coursework, tests or revision.
Years 7 to 10 will continue to finish their day at 3pm but have a range of homework and after school activities which they can choose from.
The government is encouraging schools to extend the length of the day; whilst we need to be mindful of this, we hope that our balanced approach will give students who need additional support to meet the requirement of forthcoming examinations and coursework the greatest help when they need it the most.
Our students enjoyed taste testing catering companies’ food last week, helping us to choose a more up to date and flexible company for our school. Next year we will keep the £2 meal deals but will also have a lot more flexibility to purchase a greater range of items at break and lunchtime, including single items of food and drink.
We are reviewing our queuing system and keeping the extended lunch (35 rather than 30 minutes) in order to improve the quickness and quality of our service. The food that we will provide will have more of a ‘high street’ feel and will include pasta pots, wraps and hot meals that are nutritionally balanced and healthy but will be more appealing. I have tried to take on board parental and student feedback when implementing these changes and hope they will be popular
Dr Hatfield, Headteacher