Head Of Year Welcome Back Letters

Year 7 Welcome Back

April 2021

Dear Parent/guardian,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our Year 7 students to the college for the Summer Term after the Easter break and I hope that they enjoyed a restful fortnight after a challenging Spring Term. Please continue to support the students with the twice-weekly Lateral Flow testing programme that we started before Easter. This testing programme is an important measure in ensuring students who are asymptomatic do not come into college, especially as children are not currently being vaccinated. As has previously been mentioned, if your child has Covid-like symptoms please do not send them into college and take them to get tested. Students should also continue to be provided with face masks for college until there is any change in government guidance and hand sanitiser should also be provided.

Now that some government restrictions are easing and in the interests of fairness to all, we will continue to reinforce high standards of uniform with our students. As Mr McClarey alluded to in his letter to parents before Easter, we recognise that there may have been some difficulties in acquiring college uniform earlier this year. Now that shops have re-opened, we believe that it is time to once again insist on high standards of uniform and we thank you for your support with this. Please note that students must wear black shoes and that anything which resembles trainers or has sportswear branding is not acceptable as part of your child’s uniform. Students should no longer arrive for college already dressed in their P.E. kit as they will now have time to change into their kit for P.E. lessons. If you continue to have difficulties with sourcing particular uniform items, please do contact your child’s Form Tutor or myself to make them aware and ensure that a note is made in the student’s planner.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Form Tutor or myself if you have any concerns about your son or daughter. As well as email you can also communicate with your child’s tutor using the student planner. I would also encourage you to download the college’s MyEd app if you have not already done so as this app contains a lot of useful information and has now become the primary method of communication from college to parents.

Just a couple of dates for your diary; the Whitsun half term break begins on Friday May 28th and we return to college on Monday June 7th. The summer holidays then begin after Friday July 16th and further details about arrangements for the end of term will be released at a later date.

A reminder that if your child brings a mobile phone to College for use before or after school it is their responsibility to ensure that it is switched off and out of sight on school grounds during the school day. If your child is unable to attend College for any reason please contact the office before College begins to inform your child’s Tutor of their absence on 01905 352245 or again, use the MyEd app.

I look forward to working together with you during the rest of this academic year

Yours sincerely

Mrs Pritchard
Head of Year 7

Year 8 Welcome Back

April 2021

Dear Parent/guardian,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our Year 8 students to the college for the Summer Term after the Easter break and I hope that they enjoyed a restful fortnight after a challenging Spring Term. Please continue to support the students with the twice-weekly Lateral Flow testing programme that we started before Easter. This testing programme is an important measure in ensuring students who are asymptomatic do not come into college, especially as children are not currently being vaccinated. As has previously been mentioned, if your child has Covid-like symptoms please do not send them into college and take them to get tested. Students should also continue be provided with face masks for college until there is any change in government guidance and hand sanitiser should also be provided as well.

Now that some government restrictions are easing and in the interests of fairness to all, we will continue to reinforce high standards of uniform with our students. As Mr McClarey alluded to in his letter to parents before Easter, we recognise that there may have been some difficulties in acquiring college uniform earlier this year. Now that shops have re-opened, we believe that is time to once again insist on high standards of uniform and we thank you for your support of this. Please note that students must wear black shoes and that anything which resembles trainers or has sportswear branding is not acceptable as part of your child’s uniform. Students should no longer arrive for college already dressed in their P.E. kit as they will now have time to change into their kit for P.E. lessons. If you continue to have difficulties with sourcing particular uniform items, please do contact your child’s Form Tutor or myself to make them aware and ensure that a note is made in the student’s planner.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Form Tutor or myself if you have any concerns about your son or daughter. As well as email you can also communicate with your child’s tutor using the student planner. I would also encourage you to download the college’s MyEd app if you have not already done so as this app contains lot of useful information and has now become the primary method of communication from college to parents.

Just a couple of dates for your diary; the Whitsun half term break begins on Friday May 28th and we return to college on Monday June 7th. The summer holidays then begin on Friday July 16th and further details about arrangements for the end of term will be released at a later date.

A reminder that if your child brings a mobile phone to College for use before or after school it is their responsibility to ensure that it is switched off and out of sight on school grounds during the school day. If your child is unable to attend College for any reason please contact the office before College begins to inform your child’s Tutor of their absence on 01905 352245 or again, use the MyEd app.

I look forward to working together with you during the rest of this academic year.

Yours sincerely,

Mr K.Dobson
Head of Year 8

Year 9 Welcome Back

April 2021

Dear Parents,

As usual, Year 9 students have returned to school looking, for the most part, very smart and I am grateful to you for your efforts to make sure that your child is fully equipped for school. All students should be wearing correct uniform, including black shoes, and by now they should have been able to iron out any problems with this. If any item of their uniform is still missing, please contact your child’s tutor to let us know when this will be resolved and back this up with a written note in their planner. If you have any questions about what is appropriate wear for school, you can view a full version of our uniform policy here.

Thank you for your continued support with lateral flow tests for your child. They should have taken a test before returning to school this week and will need to continue to take tests regularly each week. More tests will be provided for students to bring home shortly.

An exciting opportunity that will shortly be available for your child is that Mrs White will be beginning the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme. More information about this is available from the Google Classroom page which she has set up for both students and parents to gather information about the programme. The code for access is kbw5xah.

Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 26th May – Second HPV Vaccinations for Y9 students (Rescheduled)

Monday 14th June – Assessment week

Monday 31st – Friday 4th May – Half Term

Tuesday 6th July – Sports Day (Provisional)

As usual, do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor if you have any questions or e mail me on pjp10@blessededward.co.uk

Yours sincerely,

Ms Pratty
Head of Year 9

Year 10 Welcome Back

April 2021

Dear Parent,

I hope that you and your family have enjoyed a restful and pleasant Easter. It has been lovely seeing your children return to College this week ready to continue their studies in Year 10.

As per Mr McClarey’s letter at the end of the last term, we will be continuing to reinforce our high standards of uniform with our students. Our uniform continues to be one way in which students and parents can demonstrate that they are proud to support the values and ethos of Blessed Edward Catholic College. Now that non-essential retail has been permitted to open it should be easier to source items of uniform that may have been difficult to obtain during the last lockdown. Please contact myself or your child’s form tutor if there are any difficulties obtaining any particular item.

We will also be continuing to monitor and promote high levels of attendance and punctuality in College. If your child is absent or will be late in, please contact the school absence line as soon as possible so that we are aware. This also supports the attendance officer by helping to manage the number of “check in” phone calls that need to be made for students that are absent from school without a reason.

In my final assembly of last term, I reminded Year 10 that in a few short months (once the current year 11 have gone onto the next stage of their education), they will become the most senior year group in the school. I emphasised how the younger students in the College will look to them as role models and the responsibility that this entails. Looking ahead, we will be asking students to put themselves forward for the role of prefect or to apply for the role of Head Boy and Head Girl. I know that Year 10 will continue to demonstrate and live out our College virtues in their interactions with other students, staff and the wider College community.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of College life or if we can support you or your child in any way, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any member of staff. I would like to thank you for your support during the last few turbulent months and I look forward to continuing to work with you and your child throughout the rest of Year 10 and into Year 11.

Yours sincerely,

Mr C M Taylor
Head of Year 10

Year 11 Welcome Back

April 2021

Dear Parent,

Now that we are in our final term for Year 11 in College I would like to start by thanking you for your ongoing support.

I know that students have been working really hard to prepare for the assessments that are taking place this week and later in the half term. They have approached their studies with great maturity and responsibility in what has been a difficult Key Stage 4, and I know that they are all looking forward to taking their next step into education or training in September.

Orders for hoodies and yearbooks have been placed and those should be with us before the end of this half term.

Students have also been given a letter about the prom on Thursday June 24th. It will take place at Sixways Stadium – this is reliant on England’s road map out of lockdown. Tickets are £29.99 and payment must be handed in by Thursday May 6th. There is a section about dietary requirements or medical concerns on the letter which is to be handed in to the finance office. This will be a special occasion, and a very fitting way to celebrate our 5 years together.

We will continue to reinforce high standards of uniform with Year 11. Please note that students must wear black shoes and not trainers – if there is any issue please contact either myself or your child’s tutor.

In conclusion, thank you again for your co-operation, and I look forward to supporting your child in their remaining weeks in College.

Yours sincerely

Lindsay Jones
Head of Year 11