A ‘good’ year at St Thomas More
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and restful holiday. It has been a very busy year, but we are delighted at the many successes that our students and our school has achieved. I can now announce officially that are latest Section 48 Ofsted inspection (led by the Archdiocese of Birmingham) achieved another overall ‘good’ judgement; they were very impressed with the behaviour of our students, spiritual life including student leadership and many aspects of our teaching. I would like to thank our staff for their hard work in producing good and outstanding teaching and their constant care and support of our students. It has been a very ‘good’ year!
There are substantial changes to local bus timetables that will impact on our students from September. Staff from the bus companies will come in and talk to our students and help them plan routes home in September. As there are extended days for Year 11 and sixth form need to be prepared for extended days as required, we will look at later buses with those students. Generally most of our students are happy to use and can get home on the service buses, so where possible we will work with them to find a route that will suffice. We were considering putting more school buses on at 4pm, but we will review this need along with the new service bus timetable next year. We want to find solutions for our students that are not prohibitively costly for the school.
We are delighted that Fr Martin is going to be working with us a day a week from next year. Fr Martin gave a wonderful speech at our KS3 Awards Evening, which was very well received. Two students asked if we could ‘keep him’ because they really appreciated what he had said to them. I am delighted to say that following a very positive start to Fr Martin’s work with our school that he will be a regular part of our school community from now on.
Sixth Form change
We have arranged to use Goals as an alternative Sixth Form break and lunch time venue, this will include a catering facility, inside and outside seating, giant screens for sports event and a sixth form football league for female and male students. Sixth For students will also have the Bistro available throughput the school day. We will work with our students to get food which they would like to purchase. Due to health and safety concerns we are no longer going to allow students to leave the premises at lunch time but hope that Goals will provide everything that they would like from a change of scene and activity to a choice of food and drinks that they will really enjoy. We think this will be a very positive change and look forward to working with our students to make it the best experience possible.
Our new catering company AIP will provide £2 meal deals but also the opportunity to buy a far wider range of individual items. The new menus are based on high street style meals and will provide a far more grown up and up to date range of items that are affordable and healthy. Extra service points will be provided to drastically cut queuing time for students. Free School Meals students will no longer be restricted to purchasing food only at lunchtime and can buy what they wish, along with other students at break time too. Our students will benefit from these changes and will work with us to make any further changes in order to provide the best possible service. Aliance In Partnership website: www.allianceinpartnership.co.uk
Dr Hatfield, Headteacher