Year 9 Welcome Back Letter

Dear Parent

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our Year 9 students to the college for the summer term after the Easter break, for their final term in Key Stage 3!  It promises to be a busy term, with some of our Year 9 students involved with a Catholic retreat to Soli House, while others will be continuing with their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.  There are also a variety of new clubs available for the summer term, including summer sports, details of which are available on our college website.

Students should now have received their option choices for GCSE next year and are very excited about starting these subjects next year.  If there are any questions or concerns regarding these choices, please do get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Our Year 9 students will also be sitting ‘End of Key Stage 3’ exams in June, which is an opportunity to show the progress that they have made in all subjects during the last three years.  Further details about these assessments will shortly be available on the college website.

Please note that we are continuing to encourage students to ensure that they wear the correct uniform to college, and details of our uniform policy are available on the college website.  Please pay particular attention to the information on haircuts and jewellery.  If you encounter difficulties with sourcing particular uniform items, please do contact your child’s Form Tutor 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 lots of useful information and is now our primary method of communication from college to parents.

A few dates for your diary; the Whitsun half term break begins on Friday 27 May, and we return to college on Monday 6 June.  The summer holidays then begin on Thursday 21 July and further details about arrangements for the end of term will be released later this term.  Year 9 end of Key Stage 3 exams begin on Monday 13 June and a Curriculum Planning afternoon, requiring an early finish for students, is planned for Wednesday 6 July and further details will be released regarding both over the coming weeks.  Finally, our College Sports Day is provisionally planned for Tuesday 12 July.

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.

Yours sincerely

Mr K Dobson

Head of Year 9