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Principal's latest letter to parents
28th November 2018
Dear Parents / Carers
I am excited to share with you some recent appointments that we have made to the school. We are delighted to welcome Mrs J Simoni and Mrs D Raikes to our Science Faculty; both are very experienced as teachers and leaders and we are thrilled to have them as part of our team. In January, our new Head of Science, Mr S Mortimer will start with us. As a result, we have made changes to the Science timetable to ensure that our students benefit from their specialisms. I am aware that changes to timetables can be difficult for some students but be assured that changes are only ever made with the students’ best interests in mind. In addition, Mrs Y Hopwood, who some of you will remember, has rejoined the school to support the Drama department temporarily. This appointment will also add extra capacity within the English and Media Faculty to ensure students receive specialist teaching in these areas.
Mr M Tingle joins the Inclusion Department in the newly created role of ‘Personal Learning Co-ordinator’. Mr Tingle will support students who require a more personalised approach to their curriculum. We are also working with Mr Christie, a Behaviour Management Consultant, who will work with us to shape plans for appropriate Personal Learning and to help us improve the consistent use of the ‘Behaviour for Learning’ policy across the school. Mr Christie has a wealth of experience working with schools and has been very complimentary following his initial experiences in our school. In his expert opinion, he believes that our students conduct themselves responsibly and has witnessed a lot of self-regulation by them. He has also reported seeing a lot of ‘energy in lessons with some innovative teaching strategies to keep our students engaged’.
Mrs C Mitchell, our new Pastoral Secretary, is also settling into school and I would like to remind you to contact her on 01484 848698 if you son/daughter is absent from school. I would also ask that you keep her updated with any medical information that she needs to be aware of to ensure your son/daughter is monitored properly. Our new receptionist Mrs D Chatfield has made an excellent start and is enjoying her new role. She has received some phenomenally positive comments from other stakeholders. She is joined in reception by Mrs K McManus who starts today and we welcome her also to the school.
On Thursday 23rd November, we welcomed back our most recent school leavers, ‘The Class of 2017’ as we held our annual GCSE Presentation Evening. The evening was a celebration of the excellent GCSE performance of last year’s Year 11 cohort. There was a phenomenal turnout of ex-students, along with their parents and it was a joy to witness the celebrations between the students as exam certificates were presented and award winners announced. 99% of this year group have successfully started the next stage of their education, employment or training. This is a tremendous achievement, way above national average, and testament to the outstanding work that our Careers team deliver.
As a school we are always improving the school site for the benefit of both our students and staff. Our latest improvement is the installation of electronic gates at the main entrance from Gillroyd Lane. These gates will allow us to control vehicular access onto the school site to ensure the safety of our students. The layout of our school site means that students have to walk through the car park to access the Sports Hall throughout the day and after school. As a result our gates will be in operation during the day from 9.00am until 15.30pm. Should access be required during these hours, please use the intercom to speak to a member of school staff. I therefore ask for your support in not using the school car park to drop off or pick up students at the start and end of the school day. Again, this is to minimise traffic on the school site when students are moving around the school grounds.
I would like to draw your attention to an alert received from Steve Barnes (Kirklees Safeguarding Officer) of a new “craze” appearing on some social media sites which is inciting children to go missing – “48 hour missing challenge”. For further information and advice on dealing with issues and challenges arising from online platforms, please see https:/www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/online-challenges-advice-parents.
As always, please continue to share your feedback with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and do not hesitate to contact your son/daughter’s Form Teacher, or if necessary subject teacher, for further information. All staff can be contacted by email using the format email@example.com.
I am delighted to report that the provisional number of Year 6 students who have selected Colne Valley High School as their first choice for the September 2018 intake is higher than in previous years which highlights confidence in the school.
Thank you for your continuing support; together we are stronger.