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Principal's letter to parents - 22 September 2017

Dear Parent / Carer

As we approach the fourth week of the new academic year, I would be interested to hear your feedback on how well students have settled into school.  I have noticed a significant increase in energy around the school building due to the enthusiasm of the staff and the students. Huge numbers of students are attending extra-curricular clubs which highlights the commitment of our students and staff and is always a positive sign of any successful school.

Please share your feedback through our Parent Feedback web link ( .

My highlights of this week were: speaking to a Year 7 student to ask how the week had been and to receive a resounding “Just awesome Sir” with a beaming smile to match. I also asked a new member of staff how they were finding things, and the response was “I absolutely love it, the students are just the most lovely students that I have ever worked with”. As I have described previously, the key to a student being successful is to create a happy and confident learner. This is shaped by strong relationships, and this is a major focus of the leadership team to develop strong relationships within our school community.

As a parent, you need to know that we hold the safety of your child as the absolute priority. Given recent events in the community we are working closely with the Police and local agencies to ensure that school continues to be a safe learning environment. Please be reminded that there are two sides to every story and what is reported in the press or on social media is often only partially true and lacking context. I wish to reassure you that when there is an issue I will immediately alert you. On Monday a boy from another school entered the school grounds followed by two PCSOs and our Behaviour for Learning Manager. He was promptly arrested and although a minor, I will be pressing charges for trespass. Let me emphasise that this boy did not enter the main school building at any point, he is known to us and was definitely not wearing a ‘balaclava’! As you will understand, I am bound by confidentiality and cannot report in detail on these things.

I am proud of our school and the communities that we serve and will not allow the actions of individuals to impact on the reputation of our local area, our students or the school. I believe that increased education, vigilance and deterrents are the components that will ensure our children remain safe and I would ask that you share the points below with your son / daughter and support the school and our community.

Increased Education

  • The next SPACE day (‘drop down day’) will focus on the ‘community’ and the responsibilities that our members have as law abiding citizens.
  • Intensive and personalised support and education has already started with particular individuals who may be at risk of exploitation by young adults outside of the school and or have been affected by the incident that occurred in Cowlersley.
  • Tutorials and assemblies will be delivered to educate our youngsters about the dangers related to anti-social behaviours.
  • The Police will be delivering targeted intervention to specific student groups.

In working closely with the Police, they advise that we remind all students of the following:

  • It is illegal for anyone, including those under the age of 18, to carry a knife. Should anyone be found to have possession of a knife or potential weapon within the school then the Police will be informed immediately, this will be treated as a criminal matter and the student will be permanently excluded.
  • If a student is found to be aware that another student is carrying any form of weapon or instrument that could harm another individual and does not report the situation to an adult within school he/she will face the severest of sanctions including potential permanent exclusion.
  • I am working closely with the Police, and other external agencies, in the sharing of information that will help protect our community.
  • There will be an increased staff presence before and after school as a matter of normal practice.
  • Random and regular checks will be made on any student identified by parents, the school, external agencies or the Police as potential risks to the members of our school and community.

Support from yourselves as parents

  • All parents and carers are expected to share information regarding potential risks to the school or the community with the Police or with the school. Please do not enter into social media dialogue that impacts negatively on the school and the community. Contact me directly if you have concerns.
  • Please talk to your son/daughter about how you expect them to behave and keep safe.
  • Make regular checks to ensure your son/daughter doesn’t take anything into his/her possession that belongs to someone else.
  • Please urge your son/daughter to tell a member of staff at the school if they hear something that they know is harmful to someone in our community.

I would like to acknowledge the support of Huddersfield Town and Andy Booth particularly who has supported the school and some students over the recent weeks very generously.

Thank you for your support, together we are stronger.

Yours sincerely

J S Christian (Mr)