The mock examinations are fast approaching and we would like to extend the invitation to all Year 11 parents to join us next week for the Year 11 parents drop-in for mock examinations. This will take place between 3:10 and 4:30 on Monday and Tuesday. The ‘drop-in’ sessions to explain how important mocks will, they will dictate the level of examination that your son/daughter is entered for and good preparation is vital. Heads of core subjects, pastoral staff and SLT will be available along with brief talks, information packs from all subjects and the chance to see a period 6 in action (maths). Refreshments will be available in the dining room.

New Teacher Appointments

Some of our core subject classes have been a bit big and we have been working hard to try and address this. I am delighted to say that we have recruited some excellent new staff into Maths, Modern Foreign Languages and R.E. this week and are seeking additional English appointments. Reducing class sizes in core subjects is a deliberate strategy to try and further improve our outcomes.

EAL

We have appointed another EAL teacher and a parttime Polish teacher to help support EAL students. We have been testing all students who are EAL, in order to asses their language level and to support those who need more help with English competency. I am also delighted that we are able to offer a wider number of language GCSEs than ever before. We are also seeking a part-time Panjabi teacher, please get in touch if you know someone suitable subject to the normal checks and interview.

Letter from the School Council

I hope that you will take a moment to read the letter that I received from the school council? It is an excellent letter which shows real maturity and a determination to work together to improve the school for all of our students. I am very proud of our school council and will be reading my response in assemblies during the next two weeks, there are quite a few suggestions which I intend to act upon.

Prayer

As ever in a large school such as our own I am aware that there are some families who are in distress because they or their loved ones are affected by illness. Please can we make a special effort to keep these people in our thoughts and our prayers this week?

Remembrance Service 2017

At 11am on Friday 10th November 2017 students and staff at St Thomas More paused to commemorate the First World War.

Anti-Bullying and Good Samaritan Week 

This week staff and students marked both Anti - Bullying and Good Samaritan Week in school.

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Staff joined together during break on our recent training day to raise funds for the Macmillan Coffee Morning.


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