Community Languages

I am delighted that the Panjabi group have been enjoying their lessons and understand that some of them need extra support with their writing. Following their request I am delighted to inform you that Panjabi lunchtime clubs will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday

Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese and Italian lessons will all continue on Thursday period 6, additional lessons are being taught at different times. Students who speak a language that is not offered in school will be receiving some support over the next few weeks and MFL have worked hard to secure staff to run speaking exams in due course.

Advance Notice for Polish A Level 22nd May

A level preparation will take place in addition to their other classes on the morning of May 22nd starting at 08:40.

Ask your children to tell you about what they have studied or what they have found interesting. Sometimes teenagers are not overly excited about having a long conversation but showing an interest is important.

Year 11 Intervention

Year 11 are involved in a series of interventions including rolling form. I would like to congratulate them for their mature attitude and hard work.

Students are being set GCSE papers to complete as homework. Failure to complete these will result in an hour’s detention. However I am delighted to say that out of 240 students, fewer than 10 are in that position. Hopefully next time there will be nobody, as this hard work is entirely for students to benefit from and most young people fully appreciate the efforts made to support them and are working hard.

Staffing

Due to staff illness, we have had some minor disruption to some lower school classes. I am delighted to announce that we have managed to recruit additional staff in key subjects and things should be fully resolved by Easter. We will also be offering a programme of booster sessions for some groups, starting with Year 9 and 10 English after half term.

We are very fortunate to be fully staffed with specialist teachers. The teaching shortage is difficult for all schools and we have worked hard to find new and retain current good staff. I would also encourage any students who are thinking about teaching to consider it seriously; it is an enormously rewarding career and there are very good chances of getting a job in the local area.

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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