Pastoral Matters

The February break marks the halfway point of the academic year and is the perfect opportunity to reflect and plan for the remaining time to come, as the summer will be here before we know it.

Since returning after the Christmas break we have been extremely busy welcoming guest speakers into school to highlight important issues such as the effects of knife crime and substance misuse, supplementing our PSHE programme. We have also marked Holocaust Memorial Day and just this week, Safer Internet Day, which has given students the tools to stay safe online, during the holiday.

This is a very important time of year for students as we approach the exam season. There are a number of extra sessions running during the half term break and I urge parents of students in Years 11 and 13 to encourage their children to attend.
For Year 10 and Year 11 students, next term will see mock exams being undertaken, so it is important that regular revision is encouraged throughout the break, whilst students in KS3 should ensure that all homework is completed and up to date, ready for a fresh start on their return. It would also be wise for Year 8 students to spend some time reflecting on their strengths and future aspirations and giving considered thought to their option choices.

Holidays are often a time when students wish to express their individuality by experimenting with fashion styles. Can I encourage parents/carers to be mindful of our uniform policy when students are ready to return to school. Particular attention should be paid to:

  • Haircuts – no extreme styles or unnatural colours/braids
  • Piercings – no facial piercings / no earrings for boys
  • False nails, nail varnish and eyelashes are not allowed.
  • Footwear – plain, black formal shoes, no trainers or boots.

A copy of our uniform policy can be found on our uniform pages.

As ever, I continue to be extremely proud of the progress and efforts our students make. I wish them a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing them on Monday 24th February, ready for Week B and another busy half term.

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Mrs C Weighell is the Assistant Headteacher at St Thomas More Catholic School.