6th December 2019
As the Autumn term draws to a close and we prepare for Christmas I am writing to inform you that on Friday 20th December we will be allowing students to wear their own smart and modest clothes to school. We ask students to contribute a minimum of £1 for the privilege. This year the money raised will be given to our college charity which supports the building of the St David's Medical Centre in Nyandoro, Zimbabwe.
The college will close at 12.30pm. The bus companies have been informed and the normal college buses will be available at this earlier time. If it is not possible for any student to leave at 12.30p.m. he/she can remain in the college under supervision.
Our Carol Service will take place in the College Hall on Thursday 19th December at 7p.m. It is always a wonderful and joyous celebration of the start of Christmas. The theme this year is Pax Christi, and there will be a retiring collection for the Pax Christi International Catholic Movement for Peace. I do hope that you will be able to join us.
In conclusion I would like to thank you for your on-going support and to wish you a very happy and holy Christmas and New Year.
Thursday 5th December 2019
We would like to invite you to an evening during which you can talk to your child's teacher
to discuss their academic progress to date. Parents' Evening will start at 4.30 pm and end at
7.30 pm. You will be able to make appointments throughout the evening. Your child has an
appointment sheet in their planner on which they will book appointments for you to see
each member of staff. Please bring this with you.
Parents' Evenings are an important event in the academic year and it is expected that all
parents attend. Where possible, it is beneficial that your child accompanies you. Research
has also shown that students whose parents attend Parents' Evening achieve better results
at GCSE than those students whose parents fail to attend. Attendance at Parents' Evening
also reinforces the Home-College partnership.
In order that waiting can be kept to a minimum we suggest that discussions should be
limited to five minutes. Senior staff will be available in the Sports Hall should further
discussion be needed. Mrs Fitzer, our SENCO, will also be available during the evening.
Plentiful, well-lit parking is available at the rear of the College, via Evendine Close. Please be
mindful of local residents as you arrive and leave.
We would be grateful if you could
complete and return the attached slip to the College or reply to the electronic link we
recently text to you by Wednesday 27
th November 2019.
Mr C Taylor
Head of Year 9
Name of Child: _____________________________________________ Form: _____
I will/will not attend the Year Nine Parents’ Evening on Thursday 5th December 2019.
15th October 2019
The summer 2020 exams may seem like a long way off at the moment, but we wish to share some
important information with you to avoid any possible issues next summer.
During the spring term students will be given their individual exam timetables which will highlight
when their final exam will take place. The summer written exam period will run from Monday 11
May to Tuesday 23 June 2020.
Every summer exam series a “contingency” exam day is arranged by the examination awarding
bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or
equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or
local disruption to examinations during the June 2020 examination series.”
The decision comes following tragic events, such as the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower
fire. The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an
exam in the event of an incident and rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal
The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 24 June 2020. This means
that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until
Wednesday 24 June 2020. This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in
A note of the new contingency exam date should be made by all students/parents/carers in case
the need arises for an awarding body to invoke its contingency plan.
Mrs E Duell
Tuesday 3rd December 2019
All Year 9 students will experience a day of talks, discussions and activities next Tuesday on the
themes of healthy living and relationships.
Here at Blessed Edward’s we believe that any teaching about love, relationships and health in a
Catholic school must be rooted in the Catholic Church’s teachings about what it means to live well
in relationship with others and be presented within a positive framework of Christian virtue.
The different topics to be explored range from mental health and wellbeing, relationships, careers,
options, risk of drugs and health diet and lifestyle.
The timings of the day will be as normal, however we do ask that the students attend in full PE
kit, as some of the sessions involve physical activity.
If you have any questions about the day, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.
Assistant Head Teacher