18 July 2022
Year 9 – End of Summer Term 2022
I think I say this every year but I cannot believe how quickly the last academic year has gone. As a cohort we have ended the year in a strong position amassing over 83,000 positives this year which is a very impressive total and something that I hope students will continue into next year.
It is an exciting time for Year 9 as they are now moving into the next stage of their academic journey. Graduation Evening marked the end of Discovery school and Destiny school now awaits them in September. Students will now be following subjects that they have chosen in more depth. The demands of the GCSE courses will require students to be adaptable, resilient and hard working. I am confident that many of them will rise to this challenge. I am very much looking forward to supporting them as the head of year next year. I would appreciate it if you could make sure that the students have all they need ready to start their GCSE programme.
Graduation Evening was a fantastic end to the academic year celebrating the success of the Year 9 students. It was lovely to have the opportunity for Year 9 students to be recognised for their effort, academic success and their Character award. Thank you to all the parents who attended and made it such a special event. Year 9 also participated well in sports day and there were some excellent individual performances. Well done to all.
There are a couple of changes next year to the tutor team. At the end of this year we say goodbye to some of our Year 9 tutors, Miss Hobbs and Miss Wilson. We wish them all the best and thank them for all their hard work this year. We welcome Miss Pettipas, Mr Couldridge and Miss White to the team of tutors, who will be pivotal in supporting your child to settle into Destiny School.
The Summer provides an excellent opportunity to replace and restock your child’s equipment. A student that is not equipped, causes significant disruption to the learning environment and valuable learning time is lost as they are not organised. It also means they cannot be successful across the school day. We ask for your support with this, making sure purchased items to support your child. A personal reading book, their own water bottle and a fully stocked pencil case to fully engage with their learning are the minimum required. We will provide them with a student handbook and a place to write their timetable in, upon their return to school. Stationery equipment can be purchased from school via your ParentPay account.
We return in September in our winter uniform (not polo shirts) and we ask that you resolve any issues you identify with your child’s uniform in readiness for the start of term. In particular many students have outgrown their shoes so please ensure that these are replaced in time. If students are without the correct uniform then we ask that you provide them with a dated and signed note and that the issue is rectified within three days. Students attending school without the correct uniform and without a qualifying note will have break and lunch time removed until the issue has been resolved.
From September there is a change to the School Uniform Policy in which students will be able to wear plain black trainers to school. Trainers can be branded but cannot have any other colour than black on them. Students can still wear school shoes if that is their preference. We hope this measure will cut down the number of students with issues with shoes and expect to see a significant reduction in notes excusing students for being in trainers. Please support the school to reiterate that trainers must be plain black and have black soles and black laces.
All students in Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and Year 11 must hand in their mobile phone during morning tutor (Roll Call) as they are not permitted to have mobile phones in their possession. The phone should be silenced and notifications turned off. Students arriving late (after Roll Call) will be expected to hand their phone into Raising Standards for safekeeping. The phone will be collected by the ‘lates team’ when they enter via reception, if late without a valid reason they will incur a late detention to be served the same day after school.
Students who have a planned appointment, for example, the dentist must let their tutor know, then hand their phone into Raising Standards so that they can collect it at the appropriate time, when signing out of school.
Parents and students should be clear that the misuse of mobile phones will not be tolerated and failure to hand in their phone will be treated seriously by the school as it is in clear breach of our rules. Parents wanting to communicate with their child during the school day should do so via the school office.
Misuse of their mobile phone will be dealt with using the principle of “see it, hear it, and take it”. If a student is found in possession of a mobile phone between 8.50 am and the end of the school day, communication will be made to home and the parent/carer will be responsible for visiting the school to collect the mobile phone by appointment.
We ask for your support with this and to explain our clear expectations to your child to avoid any conflict with staff. Full details of the school’s Mobile Phone Policy can be found on the school website.
Please update the school regarding any changes in your child’s medical history that will impact on our duty of care or compliance with standard school rules. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any details. Our welfare team will be happy to discuss with you any changes to ongoing conditions or medication and you should make sure any out of date medicines are replaced if still needed.
Please inform the school of any changes in your named contacts (two are required for legal reasons) or if any other details have changed, for example your email, mobile phone number or address. Please email email@example.com.
We will continue working in partnership with WPA Education Welfare Services in promoting a positive approach to attendance. Could I please remind parents to contact the school before 8.00 am if your child is unable to attend for any reason. The telephone number of our student absence line is 01344 304567 option 1 or 01344 390824 (direct line) and the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. It is likely that you will receive a telephone call or text message from the school if your child does not arrive and you have not informed us of the reason.
Return to school in September
The school will open on Friday 2 September 2022 for Year 7 and Year 12 students only. All other year groups will return on Monday 5 September 2022. We hope this approach will support our new students who are joining the school with ‘finding their feet’ before the whole school returns.
On both the Friday and Monday the school day will begin at the normal time of 8.40 am and will finish at 3.10 pm. Friday 2 September will be Week B and Monday 5 September will be Week A.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer break and I look forward to working with you and your child in the next academic year.
Miss L Preston Head of Year 9