Headteacher’s Notice – 16 September 2022

Taken from the latest issue of More News:

Dear Parents and Carers, I hope you are well and settling into the new academic year. It has been wonderful to welcome everyone back to school, especially our new members of our community in Year 7 and 12 in particular and of course our new staff. You can read about them later on in this edition.

As is the case we have said goodbye to our Year 11 and 13 students from last year as they commence the next phase in their education or work related training. As a school we could not be prouder of their achievements, especially when placed in the context of the continuous disruption they faced over the previous 18 months.

Since our return we have commenced our prayer life as a community with the celebration of Mass. We gathered as a staff body to mark the beginning of a new year together to celebrate Mass on September 5th. Following that we have met as Year groups to do the same. Thus far Years 8, 9 and 11 have gathered to celebrate Mass and have offered their public commitment to the vocation of our patron Saint and the example he has set for us. 

As is our regular practice we have spent time auditing standards of uniform, rates of punctuality and attendance, engagement in lessons and compliance to our school expectations regarding behaviour. I am pleased to say that in the main standards remain high. However, we are quickly working towards inviting the Parents and Carers of those students where concerns exist.

Please keep our Year 13 students in your prayers as many commence completing their UCAS applications. As is annually the case significant numbers are applying for third level education and are intending to pursue a wide range of studies from law to accounting and from dentistry to medicine and nursing and everything in between.

A similar picture is to be found with regards to our Year 11 students. Within the next number of weeks we will commence our initial Sixth Form discussions and will focus on those intending to remain with us for Sixth Form but also those pursuing courses elsewhere.

In the first week of October our Year 7 students will attend a drama focussing on road safety. This is a most important element of our school calendar given the busy nature of our roads and the large number of our students who walk both to and from school.

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Mrs S Bowen is the Headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic School.