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14th January 2022

Dear families,

I hope you and your family have had a peaceful and restful break.

Although we have only been back in school for a couple of weeks, the pupils have immersed themselves back into school life with various events / activities to support their learning. To highlight just a few, we have had Y7 midterm assessments, a Y2 inspiration day, RP training, Y4 trip to Skipton Castle, a Y11 Careers day at Leeds United, Y10&Y11 Leeds Ethics Cup debating competition, rotation of the Y9 study schools, Y11 GCSE exams and all pupils enjoying being part of our second Peace campaign with the focus on the environment.

Pupils continue to respond well to the guidance and expectations around Covid. All pupils in Years 7-11 should routinely bring a face covering to school to wear in coaching sessions and lessons, as well as in communal indoor spaces. All pupils, in all phases, should be mindful that spaces will be kept suitably ventilated where applicable and therefore additional clothing may be worn under usual school uniform.

Peace Campaign: This week has seen the launch of our second Peace Campaign. This campaign focuses on the environment and will finish with a Peace Day on Wednesday 16th February. Across both phases, pupils will be engaging in a range of activities in Coaching, lessons and through Flexible Learning. We will be looking at the way in which we relate to the environment, locally, nationally and globally. More information will follow about a variety of events and opportunities across both phases.

Primary Phase drop off: The safety of our children in the Primary Phase is paramount and we would like to remind families about the procedure for dropping children at school in the mornings. Parents/carers are responsible for supervising their child on the school site until the teacher takes the class into the building at 8.45am (8.30am for Year 6 pupils). The only exception is children in Years 5 and 6 whose parent/carer has given written permission for them to walk to school independently. Parents/carers who drop their child off early at Breakfast Club must stay at the school office with their child until 7.45am, when a member of staff opens the door.

Parking – please park in one of the marked bays at the top of the Primary Phase car park. If all bays are occupied, please be considerate of our neighbours when parking on the roadside near school. Thank you for helping to keep all our children safe.

Flexible Learning / Volunteering: The beginning of the Spring term marked the start of an updated Flexible Learning offer across both phases, offering all children the chance to engage in a range of clubs and opportunities across the school during breaktimes, lunchtimes and after school. There are also growing opportunities for your child to engage in volunteering, both within the school community and beyond the school gates. These are all excellent ways for your child to make new friends, build character and develop new skills. Please speak to your child about any Flexible Learning or volunteering that they would like to engage in this term and speak to your child’s Coach if you have any queries. Please click here for a reminder of the Flexible Learning opportunities available this term.

Independent Learning: Independent Learning is our way of extending learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Independent Learning is set for pupils in Y7-11 on a regular basis with the expectation that all pupils complete and engage in the work being set. An Independent Learning Hub has been created in S1 every night of the week 3-4pm to allow pupils a quiet space and access to technology if they wish to complete their work in school. Please can you discuss with your child the importance of completing all Independent Learning

Free School Meals: We appreciate how difficult the last few months may have been for many of our families. If your circumstances have changed and you are unsure if you are eligible for Free School Meals, please note you can claim for any child who normally lives with you and who is classed as being under your parental care. To receive Free School Meals, you must receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (and your net combined household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax)
  • Income Support, State Pension Credit / Pension Credit, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit only (with no Working Tax Credit) and your Annual Taxable Income does not exceed £16,190
  • Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals for further information or alternatively if you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to contact the Primary or Secondary office who will be happy to support you.

Key Dates – Spring 1 Term

Wednesday 19th January – Reception Inspiration Day
Monday 24th January – Year 4 Inspiration Day
w/c 7th February – Year 9 Exams
Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th February – Year 5 Residential to Robinwood
w/c 14th February – Year 11 Mock Exams
w/c 14th February – Meet Your Coach Week (R – Year 5)
Wednesday 16th February – Parent/Carer Consultation Evening (Year 7) & Meet Your Coach Day (Years 6 – 11)
Friday 18th February – School Closes for Half Term
Monday 28th February – School Opens

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

Lucie Lakin
Principal