All Hallows Disco – Friday 14th October - Postponed
Unfortunately I am postponing the Year 7/8 disco. Due to the current clown phase students have become quite distressed and worried, although there have been no incidents at school. I am aware that having students walk home dressed in fancy-dress could put them at risk. I have taken advice from police and we agree that safeguarding our students is paramount and therefore I am not prepared to put them at risk of being scared or hurt. I hope to rearrange a disco towards Christmas time when this ridiculous phase is, I hope, completely finished.
Attendance, well done!!
Whilst we always want our students to aim for 100% attendance, because they can’t learn if they are not present, we have been aiming for at least 96% attendance across the whole school. I am delighted to say that we have achieved this so far this term, another fantastic record for St Thomas More! Well done everyone, we just need to keep it going and try and do even better.
We never want to exclude students but unfortunately sometimes it is necessary. I am very proud of our record in behaviour, most recently deemed to be ‘outstanding’ in our Diocesan inspection.
So far we have only had one exclusion. This is the best start to a school year ever and testament to us continuing to raise standards.
Election of Parent Governor
I am pleased to announce that Mr Blackmore has been re-elected as Parent Governor. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Blackmore and all our Governors for the considerable time and commitment, on an entirely voluntary basis, they give to support our school.
Period 6 lessons are proper lessons and are compulsory for Year 11. I am delighted that Year 11 students have participated in these lessons in the spirit in which we intended. Their attitude and standards have improved considerably; this is great news and will definitely help them to get really good results, we just need to keep going!
When I arrived at the school as Deputy Head four years ago, I was very concerned about this particular year group but I can honestly say that, whilst we are bound to have the occasional ‘moment’, Year 11 are now a hard-working, mature and well-behaved year group and I could not be happier with the start they have made to this crucial year.
In respect of the students leaving at 4.00pm, and being mindful that the daylight hours will be shorter, the school is in negotiations with Centro and the company who provide our school buses to site an additional bus stop nearer to the school on both sides of the road, so that students will have a shorter walk. I will keep you posted.