Period 6 is Ending
Students in Year 11 and Sixth Form may be required by some subjects to do a limited number of period 6 sessions to complete specific tasks; the timetable will be published in this newsletter and on the website.
We feel period 6 has worked very well. Our students have had more curriculum hours than ever before, allowing coursework to be completed in good time and more exam practice and structured revision. Our students have been very mature and taken advantage of these extra learning opportunities. However as the exam seasons starts, we have listened to students and parents who have asked for these sessions to be reduced to support students in their exam preparation.
All of this information has been included in letters to parents of the relevant year groups.
Mr Virgo is publishing an overview of all the revision sessions taking place for exam groups in this newsletter and online. As ever, the school is seeking to offer as much support as possible for our students. A letter with the full details will be sent out to parents next week; it will include sessions offered at the weekend and during the half-term break as well as the school-day programme
As in previous years if students are feeling very stressed, please in the first instance notify their form tutor. We have a number of staff trained in techniques to help students deal with stress and of course, we have our trained counsellor Mr Howell. Please do not suffer in silence, if there is a problem we are always here to help.
St Thomas More in the Press
We are recognised through inspections and visits by other schools and authorities as a school with excellent behaviour strategies. I am delighted to say that we had a small article in ‘The Tablet’ Catholic newspaper describing some of the work with our St John Vianney Centre.
I am delighted to say that in spite of the teaching shortage we are fully staffed for September with specialist teachers, including for the additional maths and English lessons which we are using to drive standards in these two very important subjects. However, we are mindful that other subjects are important too and that our students need to be able to enjoy a full and varied curriculum.
Last week the governors agreed with our decision to put more drama and music into Key Stage 3. We are delighted with the standards set by our new music department, thank you for the many kind comments that you have made about music in recent school performances. music and drama are being merged into a bigger department called ‘Performing Arts’, which will be led by Miss D Edwards. Whilst we recognise the national drive to deliver the English Baccalaureate, which we are following, we also want our Catholic school to include an arts programme for the wellbeing and enjoyment of our students.