Letter from the headteacher
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself to you as Head teacher of St. Thomas More Catholic School and secondly, I would like to take this opportunity to both thank you for choosing our school as your choice of secondary school for your child and to welcome you both to our very special community.
As Head teacher, I am acutely aware of how lucky and blessed I am to be a caretaker in so many ways of this vibrant and caring school community. I am also immensely proud of the work that we do in collaboration with our parents/carers to secure the very best for our children be that spiritually, academically, socially or emotionally.
I am sure you will appreciate that whilst very protective of our Ofsted (November 2020) grading as “Good”, that as a Catholic school we do not seek to serve Ofsted, or league tables. Rather, we aim to support the children who attend our school in developing their relationship with God, their relationships with other people and equally so, to provide them with an excellent standard of education.
Based upon my continued experience as a school leader of many years standing, I know that success in those larger areas of life – relationships, sporting achievement, extra-curricular activities and lessons is formed by concentrating on those smaller but no less important areas, such as manners, punctuality and appearance. Now, I am only too well aware that at times it may appear that we tend to ‘nit-pick’ or concentrate upon on issues which, at first sight may appear to be of minor significance. However, without these basic or ‘small things’ in place, the larger (and seemingly more important) will not follow. I am unashamed in my belief that standards are essential and traditions are things to be proud of. We are therefore exceptionally proud of the standing we have in our local community regarding our children’s appearance, behaviour and giving nature.
Therefore, I would ask you to work with us, informing your child’s tutor of any issues we need to know about promptly, and supporting us by abiding by our school rules especially those applying to appearance, attendance, punctuality and being prepared for school and for lessons. As a parent of two children, one a teenager and one fast approaching those often demanding and trying years, and as an experienced teacher, I know at times this can be difficult. However, please be aware that if your child claims “that everyone else is allowed” to break the rules, I can assure you that this will not be the case, certainly not at St Thomas More.
Please continue also to support your child’s education by attending your child’s Pastoral Evening and Progress Evening and such other events in school, our on line school newsletter MN – (More News), both our use and yours of Show My Homework (SMH) and other documentation posted by school.
I am very much appreciative of how unsettling the current situation we find ourselves in must be for you as a family and as Parents and Carers. As a parent myself, I am acutely aware of the necessity and importance of routine for our children and the unsettling influence the ‘new normal’ may well be having on the enormity of such important steps as moving to a new school. Equally so, it at this point that we would normally invite you as a family to school for our Pastoral and Curriculum or Induction Evening, allowing you the opportunity to meet your child’s Form tutor and to meet with other important pastoral and support staff. Clearly at present we are not able to operate ‘as usual’ but please let me reassure you that we are putting the final pieces of an alternative plan in place which will allow us to deliver our Induction Programme with due ‘social distancing’ protocols in place. I am sure you will understand that this will and must be subject to a rigorous risk assessment in the first place and approval from our Governing Body and the LA in the second place. We aim to communicate with you again after half term to make you aware of all relevant information.
I am aware of how precious your child is to you as Parents and Carers and I assure you that St Thomas More Catholic School is truly a place where each child is known and valued as an individual. This level of pastoral care, which is excellent, is only possible through the commitment of the experienced and caring staff and through the support we, as a school, receive from you. In partnership we can achieve anything.
I look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks.
Mrs S M Bowen
Transition activities and information
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How to tie your school tie
Please note this video is for instructional purposes only, to demonstrate how students can practice tying their ties. The tie in the video is not representative of our Year 7 school ties, which are gold, this year. Ties will be distributed along with our summer activities pack in the next few weeks.