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Highfields School Newsletter Highfields School

Issue 13: 7 December 2018

Newsletter

2018-19

Issue 13: 7 December 2018

Our Newsletter aims to keep parents and carers up to date with school news, activities and key information throughout the year. If you have any feedback on or suggestions for the newsletter, please send your comments via email to newsletter@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk Don’t forget to visit our website (www.highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk) for more news and information. Thank you for taking the time to read our news.

A Marsh Headteacher

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Contents: Message from the headteacher .................................................................. 3 Student Bulletin ......................................................................................... 4 Parent/Carer Notices .................................................................................. 5 

Thank you for participating in our parent/carer survey............................................... 5

Last chance to order from the Scholastic Book Club ................................................... 5

Christmas Concert – Tuesday 11 December .............................................................. 6

Non-uniform/Christmas jumper day .......................................................................... 6

Forthcoming events this term................................................................................... 7

School News ............................................................................................. 8 

Highfields students on the trip of a lifetime in London! .............................................. 8

Bebras Computational Thinking success!................................................................. 12

Sheffield and it’s ‘Women of Steel’.......................................................................... 12

Highfields competes in Kids’ Lit Quiz UK final .......................................................... 13

Sports Leaders News ............................................................................................. 14

Sports Update ....................................................................................................... 16

Careers, College & Apprenticeship News ................................................... 17 

Careers/Employability help ..................................................................................... 17

Resources ............................................................................................................. 17

Online careers programme for 11-18 year olds ........................................................ 17

School Meals ........................................................................................... 18 Extra-curricular Clubs & Activities ............................................................. 20 

School club notices ................................................................................................ 22

Book club recommendations .................................................................................. 23

Highfields School Governing Board 2018-19 .............................................. 24 

Vacancy for clerk to governors ............................................................................... 25

Highfields School Contact details .............................................................. 26 Key Staff for 2018-19 .............................................................................. 27 Key Dates 2018-19 .................................................................................. 28

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Newsletter Message from the headteacher In our last newsletter I wrote about our ‘Big 3 Priorities’ for improving the school. It goes without saying that a priority is a priority and a core activity is a core activity. All day every day we focus on all aspects of all students’ care and learning. We aim to ensure that all students achieve their brilliant potential; not only those who belong to cohorts who traditionally are prone to underachievement. I just thought I’d mention this in case you worried that your child might get missed if he or she was not a focus in our ‘Big 3’. As I stare out into the darkness from my office perched above Lumsdale car park, the only sign of life is some twinkling fairy lights, which must mean that Christmas is coming. As you may know I have children of school age. I love it when I hear that they are undertaking Christmas activities. I would not be quite so pleased to hear that my children were doing in lessons what they could have done if they’d stayed home. For this reason we will aim to ensure that students are completing meaningful work right up to end of term. Please, please do not think that withdrawing your child before the end of term can be excused because they ‘wouldn’t be doing much learning anyway’, which is something I’ve heard before (not in this school, I hasten to add). Your child’s attendance up to the very last bell of term is expected and valued. As usual, I spent an amount of time in lessons this week. I came across a year 11 mathematician whose teacher whispered to me ‘he’s a genius’. I bumped into the student later that week and he told me, pretty nonchalantly I thought, that he’d scored 80 out of 80 on his trial GCSE exam, which is all but unheard of. Elsewhere I saw a fascinating debate on sexuality in a year 8 PSHE lesson and some absolutely cracking (and totally unsettling in nightmarish way) artwork in a year 9 lesson. Two weeks of term to go - hold on to your Santa hats…

Mr Marsh Headteacher

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Newsletter Student Bulletin

Monday 8.40am Year 8 assembly 8.40am Sixth form assembly

Tuesday 8.40am Year 7 assembly 8.40am Year 9 assembly Christmas concert rehearsals 7-9pm Christmas Concert, Wheeldon Hall

Wednesday 8.40am Year 10 assembly

Thursday 8.40am Year 11 assembly Year 7 Reading Show, Bowler Hall (periods 1 & 2) Denefields Court Christmas Party hosted by sixth form students Junior/senior choir at Derbyshire Carers Celebration (Crooked Spire)

Friday 8.40am Year 11 assembly (boys) See section on extra-curricular clubs for lunch and after school activities

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Newsletter Parent/Carer Notices Thank you for participating in our parent/carer survey Many thanks to the 345 individuals who completed our parents/carers survey recently. We are committed to listening to the views of parents/carers, along with students, staff and other stakeholders. This helps us to recognise our strengths and respond to areas where we could do better. We are never complacent and aim to be the best we can be in all areas. Your feedback helps to ensure we have as full a picture of our school as possible. A very high level of endorsement was expressed by parents/carers for all key areas of our work. For example, over 94% of respondents said that their child is challenged to do well at school, with 93% feeling that their child is making good progress. 94.6% felt that teaching is good with a similar number fully confident that their child is safe in school. Many parents/carers took the opportunity to use free text to expand on their responses and opinions. These were overwhelmingly positive, with the following comment being quite typical - ‘School and staff are amazing. Please believe it when we say you are making a difference to many lives. Thankyou’. Thanks too for your suggestions on how we can improve. A key improvement theme is the need to ensure consistently high standards in all we do, especially behaviour and teaching. This matches our objectives perfectly. Our current strategic plan is built around a ‘Big 3’ of priorities that directly address this very important goal. We are focused on improving teaching, developing excellent selfregulated behaviour and ensuring a highly effective, sustainable curriculum. Thank you very much for working with us to get there.

Last chance to order from the Scholastic Book Club Thank you to the many parents/carers who have already ordered books from the Book Club. Your orders have so far raised over £30 for the school library which will be spent on new books. The last date for ordering books is Monday 10 December. Please place your order at http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/highfields-de4

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Newsletter Christmas Concert – Tuesday 11 December A reminder that our Christmas Concert takes place on Tuesday. Tickets are available from reception at either site and are £5 each (£3 for concessions).

Non-uniform/Christmas jumper day Friday 21 December Our next charity fundraising event is non-uniform day on 21 December for Save the Children students and staff will be encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper or non-uniform for the day and donate £1 to support Save the Children. Start thinking about digging out your favourite Christmas jumper – fairy lights, baubles, snowmen and Christmas trees are all allowed! On Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day people from all over the country will be wearing their festive jumpers for a worthy cause. Donations can help pay for blankets and hats to keep a child warm, provide a hot meal, bring essential healthcare, education and protection to millions of children around the world and help save lives.

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Forthcoming events this term Tuesday 11 December 2018

Christmas Concert - 7.00-9.00pm in the Wheeldon Hall at Lumsdale

Monday 17 December 2018

Year 13 certificates evening - 7.00pm in the Wheeldon Hall

Term 3 Tuesday 22 January 2019

Year 9 options and parent consultation evening – 4.00-7.00pm in the Wheeldon Hall & sports hall

Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 January 2019 Evening of Theatre - 7pm in the Bowler Hall, Starkholmes

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Year 11 parent consultation evening - 4.00-7.00pm in the sports hall at Lumsdale

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Highfields Got Talent – 7pm (tbc) in the Bowler Hall at Starkholmes

Christmas Holiday A reminder that school closes to students at 3.30pm on Friday 21 December 2018 for the Christmas holidays. Students will return to school on Monday 7 January 2019.

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Newsletter School News Highfields students on the trip of a lifetime in London! Miss Bonsall

Highfields students were lucky enough to experience an inspiring and engaging trip to London last week. On Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 November 50 year 8 and 9 students travelled to London taking part in a variety of drama, dance and theatre related activities. All of the students were invited on the trip as a reward for the hard work they put into last year’s mini musical (Annie), The Evening of Theatre and the school production of ‘Footloose’. Whilst away students were able to explore their characterisation and movement skills when they took part in a ‘The Lion King’ workshop led by a West End professional who was performing in ‘The Lion King’ musical later that day. Charlotte said “The whole trip was amazing but my stand out moment was the workshop. It was in Pineapple Dance studios which is AMAZING!” Students also watched ‘The Lion King’ matinee at the Lyceum Theatre after a brilliant two course meal at Pizza Express. They described the show as “mesmerising” and “sensational!” Their jaws were nearly at the floor for the whole two and a half hours! Maria said, “I really enjoyed ‘The Lion King’. The set and costume were incredible!”. Students were also lucky enough to see an evening performance of ‘Aladdin’ the following day and a meal at Rainforest Café restaurant – the BBQ burger was a particular favourite! Whilst in the Covent Garden area students performed an impromptu performance of their version of ‘Footloose’ and ‘This is Me’ from the smash hit musical ‘The Greatest Showman’. Over 100 people stopped to watch and enjoy the performance! A backstage tour of The National Theatre was another highlight of the trip where students explored behind the stage of the theatre seeing the making of props, set and costumes. They explored all areas of the working theatre and found the artists’ studio, the joinery and carpentry area as well as the three full working theatres. During the trip students had the opportunity to go on the London Eye – another place where they started an impromptu performance! Emma said, “I loved the whole trip – it was just as amazing as last year!” and Hannah commented “It was an incredible trip and the best experience. I was surprised at how much we crammed into such a short space of time”. Miss Bonsall who led the trip, said “The students were superbly behaved and very energetic for the whole trip! They enjoyed a sleepover with their friends at the Royal National Hotel (Russell Square) and an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast, too! They were a delight to take away and I was very proud of their theatre etiquette whilst watching the shows, as well as their dedicated hard work in the workshop – see @HighfieldsDrama Twitter page to view the

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Newsletter videos. I get a buzz every time they demonstrate their true love for performing and singing. They really are a pleasure!�

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Newsletter Bebras Computational Thinking success! Mrs Hadfield

The results are in and 52 of our students have managed to score in the top 10% for their age group in the country and earned themselves a place in the TCS Oxford Computational Thinking Challenge in March 2019. In addition, one of our students has achieved the best score in the country for the Elite age group and has an invitation to the University of Oxford to participate in the Bebras finals! The next stage of the challenge requires programming skills and practise. So, students wishing to participate will find it a great help to attend the relevant Computing club: Lower site - Fridays 1.10pm in Room 7 Upper site - Thursdays from 1.00pm in IT1 Please see Mrs Hadfield for an early lunch pass if you wish to attend.

Sheffield and it’s ‘Women of Steel’ Mrs Barker

Year 10 geography students visited Sheffield on Tuesday and Friday to investigate the city's connections within the local region and internationally, looking at the impact of both historic and recent migration. They identified the importance of the stainless steel industry, still apparent today and celebrated the work of 'Sheffield's Women of Steel' in keeping the factories running during the two World Wars. The students worked with focus and commitment, a credit to the school!

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Newsletter Highfields competes in Kids’ Lit Quiz UK final Mrs Robinson

Earlier this week a team of four year 7 and 8 students, along with four very enthusiastic supporters plus Mrs Robinson and Mrs Walker, travelled to London to compete in the UK final of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. The Kids’ Lit Quiz is an international competition that tests students between the ages of 11 and 13 on their knowledge of children’s books. Year 7 students Olivia, Joel and Olly and Tilda in year 8 competed against 18 other schools from across Great Britain to find the national Kids’ Lit Quiz champions. The event took place at the City of London School for Girls at the Barbican and featured ‘University Challenge’- style buzzers! The atmosphere was tense as the teams battled it out through 75 extremely difficult questions across five rounds. The Highfields team fought long and hard and finished in a very respectable 10th position. The top score and a trip to Singapore to take part in the World Final went to Enniskillen Royal Grammar School in Northern Ireland. Several award-winning authors, including Berlie Doherty and Geraldine McCaughrean, attended the event and chatted to students at a celebration tea party after the quiz. “It was really fun,” commented one Highfields team member. “I made new friends and really hope that I can do it next year too.” The behaviour of all the students was impeccable and they were an absolute credit to the school. “We are very proud of them. It was a very long day, but they were great company and we all had a wonderful time. The Kids’ Lit Quiz competition is a fantastic opportunity for students who love reading to show their knowledge and to meet up with like-minded young people from around the country. We’re already looking forward to taking part next year” said Mrs Robinson.

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Newsletter Sports Leaders News Mrs Allen (School Sports Co-ordinator) Our Sports Leaders and Sports Apprentices will be extremely busy supporting sporting activities not only in school, but also within our partner primary schools and across the wider community. Further information on Sports Leadership can be found on the school website: http://www.highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk/SportsLeadership.html

Sports leaders notice board: Thursday 13 December CPD session for Sports Leaders on the officiation of the sports hall athletics award from 1-3.30pm

Full details are available from Mrs Allen.

Sports leadership events PE sports apprentice update Our level 3 award PE sports apprentices delivered their presentations on Friday 30 November - all three apprentices showed a sound knowledge of the subject and delivered their PowerPoint presentations with clarity.

Mrs Turner attended Kirk Ireton Primary School to observe a lesson of PE apprentice, Mr Hill during his primary placement.

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Newsletter Sports Leaders UK dance On Wednesday 5 December our two dance teachers, Mrs Hollinrake and Mrs Petch, attended Sports Leaders UL dance tutor training at Pineapple Studios in London. As a centre of excellence for the delivery of the Sports Leaders UK awards we have to ensure our tutors attend refresher training.

SEN Inclusive Sports Festival Some of our Highfields Sports Leadership Academy students supported the KS2 SEN Inclusive Sports Festival on Thursday 6 December. Students from Darley Dale and All Saints took part in table top games, sitting volleyball and bocce.

Leadership Skills Award We celebrated the leadership skills award taken by our students in 2018 on Friday 7 December – this is an additional award offered by Sports Leaders UK that Mrs Morgan has been delivering in school.

Youth Sport Trust Girls Active Project On Friday 7 December Liberty Venn, researcher for the YST Girls Active Project evaluated our progress to date.

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Newsletter Sports Update Mr C Shirtcliffe (Head of PE)

Fixtures: Wednesday 12 December (provisional) Year 10 rugby match away at King Edwards VII in Sheffield at 2.30pm, returning approximately 5pm – awaiting final confirmation. Mr Shirtcliffe will confirm with students next week.

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Newsletter Careers, College & Apprenticeship News Careers Information

Careers/Employability help If you feel that you can offer your services to school with regard to Careers/Employability please contact the school via email careers@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk

Resources Careers information, Apprenticeship vacancies and Higher Education information can be found on the webpage under Students-Work Experience and Careers. http://www.highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk/careers.html

Online careers programme for 11-18 year olds START is an online careers programme designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. The programme is broken down into sections on ‘world of work’ with a job search according to subject, skill or interest; ‘what to study’ about pathways and qualifications; ‘where to learn’ which views all colleges, universities, sixth forms, training providers and UTC; and ‘employability’ which has sections on work experience, work preparation including CV writing, covering letters and interview preparation. There is also the facility for students to upload their personal statement and CV, so they can start to build their own careers profile. Students can access the programme at home via the website (startprofile.com) with the student code they have been issued with – see Mrs Turner for further details.

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Newsletter School Meals Monday 10 December – Friday 14 December 2018 Week 3 winter menu Monday

Mains

Hot dog, vegetable sausage in a bap

Sides

Potato wedges and selection of breads

Veg & salads

Salad selection, baked beans, cauliflower and broccoli mix

Desserts

Jam coconut sponge, melting moments, chocolate cracknel, fresh fruit, fruit yoghurts

Tuesday

Mains

Cajun chicken and potatoes, leek and mustard vegetable hot pot

Sides

Rice, garlic bread, selection of breads

Veg & Salads

Salad selection, carrots, sweetcorn

Desserts

Fruit jelly, flapjack, shortbread biscuit, fresh fruit, fruit yoghurt

Wednesday

Mains

Roast beef & Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese pie

Sides

Creamed potatoes, selection of breads

Veg & Salads

Salad selection, broccoli, carrots

Desserts

Fruit crumble, banana toffee muffin, chocolate Rosalie biscuits

Thursday

Mains

Chicken vegetable curry (korma) naan, fresh vegetable curry

Sides

Rice, selection of breads

Veg & Salads

Salad selection, peas & sweetcorn mix

Desserts

Apple cake sponge, chocolate beetroot brownie, lemon muffin, fresh fruit, fruit yoghurts

Friday

Mains

Battered cod, pizza slice

Sides

Chips, selection of breads

Veg & Salads

Salad selection, mushy peas, baked beans

Desserts

Apple & strudel sponge, chocolate crunch, carrot cake muffin, fresh fruit, fruit yoghurts

In addition to the options above, the following are available on a daily basis: Hot Snacks

Jacket Potatoes, Hot Paninis, Pasta Bar

Deli range

Protein/salad box, sandwiches/baguettes, deli rolls, wraps

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Menu options available at morning break: Week 3 winter menu Monday

Tuesday

Bacon bap

Crumpets

Granola pots

Egg bap

Teacakes

Cold pasta pots

Filled Naan

Toast

Sandwiches

Homemade garlic

Yoghurt

Fresh fruit

bread

Croissants

Bacon bap

Teacakes

Yoghurt

Egg & bacon bap

Wholemeal bread rolls

Granola pots

Hot wraps

Toast

Cold pasta pots

Crumpets

Filled Naan/curry

Sandwiches

sauce

Fresh fruit

Wednesday 

Thursday

Friday

Bacon bap

Crumpets

Cold pasta pots

Egg & bacon bap

Toast

Sandwiches

Pizza

Yoghurt

Fresh fruit

Teacakes

Granola pots

Sausage bap

Homemade garlic

Toast

Egg & sausage bap

bread

Yoghurt

Filled naan/curry

Wholemeal bread rolls

Granola pots

sauce

Crumpets

Cold pasta pots

Sandwiches

Teacakes

Fresh fruit

Bacon bap

Teacakes

Cold Pasta

Egg & bacon bap

Toasted sandwiches

Sandwiches

BBQ wraps

Yoghurt

Fresh Fruit

Crumpets

Granola Pots

Toast

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Newsletter Extra-curricular Clubs & Activities Starkholmes (lower school site) The following clubs will take place at Starkholmes. Further clubs will be added during the year and students will be made aware of the extra-curricular activities available to them. Time Lunch Lunch Lunch 1-1.30pm 3.30-4.45pm

Club Netball Y8 Sports Leaders Dance Club Science Club Rugby

Tuesday

Lunch 1.00pm

Football Junior Choir – Y7/8

Music

Mr Shirtcliffe Miss Morris

Wednesday

Lunch Lunch

Basketball Drama Club

PArts Mob

Miss Warburton Miss Wright

Thursday

Lunch 1.00-1.40pm

Craft Club Y7-8 girls’ football with female coach Mini Musical (Lion King)

1A

Craft Club Sports Leaders Y7/Y8 book club (alternates) History drop in

1A

Monday

3.45-4.45pm

Friday

Lunch Lunch 1.15pm Lunch

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Room

PArts Mob Lab 1

PArts Mob

Member of staff Mrs Wildgoose Mrs Turner Mrs Redhead Science staff Mr Johnston

Mrs Boothby Miss Warburton/ female coach Miss Bonsall

Library

Mrs Boothby Mr Moss L Robinson

HMob

R Morley

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Extra-curricular Clubs & Activities Lumsdale (upper school site) The following clubs will take place at Lumsdale. Further clubs will be added, and students will be made aware of the extra-curricular activities available to them.

Monday

Time Lunch Lunch

Club Basketball GCSE Drama Catch Up

1.00pm

Y9-11 girls football club with female coach Rugby

3.30pm

Room P1

Member of staff Mr Johnston Miss Bonsall/ Mrs Rifkin Mr Shirtcliffe/ female coach Mr Shirtcliffe/ Mrs Bowen Miss Morris

3.45pm

Senior Choir Y9-13 female students/staff

Music room

Tuesday

Lunch

GCSE Drama Catch Up

P1

Miss Bonsall

Wednesday

1.00pm 1.10pm 3.30pm 3.45pm

Sports hall P1

Mrs Allen Miss Bonsall Sixth form Mrs Allen/Mrs Turner

4-5pm

Sports leaders Musical Theatre Club Dance Club Sports Leaders Primary Evening Warhammer Club

C5

Mr Crawford

Thursday

Lunch Lunch 1.00pm

KS4 Football GCSE Dance Catch Up Upper school book club

P1 Library

Mr Shirtcliffe Ms Petch Student led

Friday

1.00pm

Badminton/table tennis

1.00pm

SEN Sports Club

1.00pm- Board games and Chess Club 1.45pm Lunch A Level Catch Up (Drama/Dance)

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Sports Hall Sports Hall E4

Mr Shirtcliffe

P1

Miss Bonsall/ Miss Wright

Mrs Allen/Mrs Turner /Apprentices Mr Key

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BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATIONS This week’s school book club recommendation is ‘A Boy Called Christmas’

The true story of Father Christmas – Alice (year 9)

Previous recommendations: The Astounding Broccoli Boy’ - James (year 10)

‘Yu-Gi-Oh’ - Neil (year 10)

‘Eragon’ - Rhianna (year 9)

‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ – Courtney (year 9)

‘Biscuit Barrel’ - Charlotte (year 7)

‘The Hobbit’ – Alex (year 9)

‘Cirque du Freak’ – Aiden (year 8)

‘Unwind’ – Finley (year 9)

‘Wonder’ – Andrew (year 10)

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Newsletter Highfields School Governing Board 2018-19 Highfields School is fortunate in the kinds of people who have volunteered to become governors, each bringing a variety of skills and experience to support the school. The composition of the governing board for 2018-19 is split as follows. Each governor serves a term of office of four years. Name Mr Andrew Marsh

Governor Type Headteacher

Responsibility

Jon Clarke

Local Authority

Ms Helen Crane

Co-opted

Mr Tim Diggle Ms Julie Lane

Co-opted Co-opted

Miss Rebekah Mitchell Miss Jodie Rogers

Co-opted Co-opted

SEN Link Governor

Mr Paul Steeples Ms Lizzie Watt

Co-opted Co-opted

Vice-Chair of Governors Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

Ms Julie Birtwistle Mr David Matthews Mr Nick Newberry

Parent Parent Parent

Human Resources and Health & Safety Safeguarding

Mr John Redhead

Staff

Chair of Governors Equalities Chair of Student & Community Links Committee Chair of Finance & Resources Committee Finance

Please visit the school website for full details of the Governing Body.

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Vacancy for clerk to governors Highfields School

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Job opportunity to assist the smooth running of the school! We are looking to recruit an experienced and flexible clerk to governors to provide a high standard of administrative support to the governing board of Highfields School. Are you:  An enthusiastic administrator with great attention to detail?  A good communicator who will assist governors to perform their role effectively?  Keen to contribute to the further success of Highfields School? The clerk plays a pivotal role, supporting governors to hold school leaders to account for the quality of education provided at Highfields. The clerk prepares agendas in consultation with the chair of governors and headteacher; issues documentation to the board; notifies staff when required; takes and writes up accurate minutes at all governors’ meetings. The clerk must adhere to strict deadlines and keep abreast of changes to legislation and good practice. They must work effectively with governors, key staff in school and relevant local authority staff. The maintenance of confidentiality is essential. This is a part-time position working from home, requiring a flexible approach towards working hours, including evening work as the majority of meetings are outside school hours. The chair of governors works closely with the clerk to agree priorities and how they can be best achieved. It is an interesting role sitting at the heart of the governing board and can really add value to the smooth running and effectiveness of the meetings and support the role of governors. If you are interested in the position and would like further information, please contact Helen Crane, chair of governors via email hcrane@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk

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Newsletter Highfields School Contact details Communication with school General enquiries (reception) The first point of contact for parents/carers for general enquiries is reception. Reception staff will aim to help with queries or refer parents/carers to a member of staff who can. Pastoral enquiries (form tutor/pastoral manager) If parents/carers have any concerns about a student, we ask that they contact the form tutor or pastoral manager in the first instance either by email or telephone. If parents/carers wish to contact the school regarding attendance, the pastoral manager should be the first point of contact. If parents/carers feel enquiries have not been adequately addressed by the form tutor or pastoral manager, this can be followed-up with the relevant head of year. Subject specific enquiry (subject teacher) If parents/carers have subject specific enquiries, we ask that they contact the relevant subject teacher. If parents/carers feel enquiries have not been adequately addressed by the class teacher, this can be followed-up by the relevant head of department.

Main Contact Details Lower Site (Years 7 & 8): Telephone:

Starkholmes Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3DD 01629 584020

Upper Site (Years 9-13): Telephone:

Upper Lumsdale, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5NA 01629 581888

Website: General email:

www.highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk info@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk

Admissions: Chair of Governors: Newsletter feedback: Careers information:

admissions@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk chair@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk newsletter@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk careers@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk

Your contact details Please ensure you notify us of any changes of address, telephone and email details to ensure our records are up to date in case of emergency.

Get Involved! We would love to hear from any parents/carers or members of the community who may be able to contribute to school life, for example talking to students about specialist area of work, supporting mock careers interviews, providing work placement opportunities etc. Your insights, involvement and support have been crucial to the successes of the school over time and we would like to build on our strengths and develop excellence across the school community. If you feel you may be able to contribute to the school in any way, please email us detailing the help you could offer at getinvolved@highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk – we would be very happy to hear from you.

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Newsletter Key Staff for 2018-19 Headteacher: Mr A Marsh

Deputy Headteacher: Mr P R Cole

Assistant Headteachers: Mr D O’Reilly Mrs C Rifkin Mr M Hodkin

Associate Assistant Headteachers: Mr K Rodgers - Years 7 and 8 (based at Starkholmes) Miss N Gresswell - Years 9, 10 & 11 (based at Lumsdale) Mrs C Morgan – Curriculum and Timetabling

Heads of Year: Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Sixth form

Mrs A Hollinrake / Mrs L Redhead Mrs A Ruston Miss J Hughes Mr J Redhead Miss L Hamrouge Mr M Flett

Pastoral: Mrs Green - Years 7 & 8 Mr Tidmarsh - Years 9, 10 & 11 Mrs Bumby - Sixth form

01629 584020 extension 244 01629 581888 extension 364 01629 581888 extension 165

If you wish to report student absences, please contact the relevant pastoral staff to your son/daughter’s year group as indicated above.

Department Contacts: Art – Mrs K Fairbank Business & Computing – Mr I Lovatt Dance – Miss E Bonsall D&T – Miss A Morris Drama – Miss E Bonsall English – Mr R Key Film Studies – Mr C Warrington Geography – Mrs M Barker History – Mr R Hoben Maths – Miss S Wallhead

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Modern Foreign Languages – Mrs M Bowen Music – Mr K Rowley PE – Mr C Shirtcliffe Psychology – Miss H Ould PRS – Mrs S Blakesley PSHE/L2L – Mrs Turner SENCO – Mr M Hodkin Science – Mrs C Morgan Sociology – Mrs A Serjeant

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Issue 13: 7 December 2018

Newsletter Key Dates 2018-19 These dates are correct at the time of going to print. 2018-19 Academic Year: Term 1 - 3 September 2018 to 26 October 2018 Term 2 - 5 November 2018 to 21 December 2018 Term 3 - 7 January 2019 to 15 February 2019 Term 4 - 25 February 2019 to 12 April 2019 Term 5 - 29 April 2019 to 24 May 2019 Term 6 - 3 June 2019 to 22 July 2019

2018-19 Bank Holidays (school closed): 25 and 26 December 2018 1 January 2019 19 April 2019 (Good Friday) 22 April 2019 (Easter Monday) 6 May 2019 27 May 2019 (spring bank holiday)

2018-19 CPD Days (school closed to students): Monday 3 September 2018 Tuesday 4 September 2018 Monday 3 December 2018 Friday 5 July 2019 Monday 22 July 2019 2018-19 Parents’ Consultation Evenings:

Year 13: Year 12: Year 9: Year 11: Year 8: Year 10: Year 7:

Tuesday 20 November 2018 Tuesday 4 December 2018 Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday

22 January 2019 5 February 2019 26 February 2019 12 March 2019 2 April 2019

(including option choices for Year 10)

2018-19 School Events (further details will be issued prior to each event along with confirmation of times): Christmas Concert Tuesday 11 December 2018 (7-9pm Wheeldon Hall) Y13 Certificates Evening Monday 17 December 2018 (7pm Wheeldon Hall) Evening of Theatre Wednesday 23 January & Thursday 24 January 2019 (7pm Bowler Hall, Starkholmes) Y12 DCC Road Safety Day Tuesday 29 January 2019 (during school day) Y8 Waste Watchers Thursday 7 February 2019 (Bowler Hall during school day) Highfields’ Got Talent Wednesday 13 February 2019 (7pm tbc - Bowler Hall) Y10 Health Day Friday 22 March 2019 (during the school day) Evening of Dance Tuesday 26 March 2019 (7pm Bowler Hall, Starkholmes) Y11 Study Skills/Revision Evening for parents Thursday 7 March 2018 (6.30pm Wheeldon Hall) Easter Concert Wednesday 3 April 2019 (7-9pm Wheeldon Hall) Sports Leaders Awards Evening (by invitation) Thursday 11 April 2019 (6-8pm Wheeldon Hall) Y12 Higher Education Evening Wednesday 19 June 2019 (7-8.30pm Wheeldon Hall) Y10 Work Experience Day Friday 21 June 2019 (during school day) Y10 Work Experience (2 weeks) Monday 24 June - Friday 5 July 2019 New Y12 Induction Days Tuesday 25 June 2019 (during school day) Thursday 27 June 2019 (during school day) Y11 Prom Friday 21 June 2019 (details to be confirmed) Y7, Y8 & Y9 Sports Day Wednesday 26 June 2019 (during school day at Lumsdale) GCSE/GCE Exam contingency day Wednesday 26 June 2019 Y6 Visit Starkholmes Wednesday 3 July 2019 (during school day) Y7 Sponsored Walk / Y8 Visit Lumsdale Wednesday 3 July 2019 (during school day) Y9 Enterprise Day Wednesday 3 July 2019 (during school day)

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Issue 13: 7 December 2018

Newsletter 2018-19 School Events cont/… School Musical Year 8 Graduation Evening Challenge Day (Whole School) 2018 Exam Results Days: A Level Exam Results: Thursday 15 August 2019

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Wednesday 10 July – Saturday 13 July 2018 (7.30pm Wheeldon Hall) Wednesday 17 July 2019 (7pm Bowler Hall, Starkholmes) Friday 19 July 2019 (during school day at Lumsdale) - tbc GCSE Exam Results: Thursday 22 August 2019

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Issue 13: 7 December 2018

Newsletter 2019-20 academic year These dates are provisional and subject to change. 2019/2020 Academic Year: Term Dates 3 September 2019 - 25 October 2019 4 November 2019- 20 December 2019 6 January 2020 - 14 February 2020 24 February 2020 - 3 April 2020 20 April 2020 - 22 May 2020 1 June 2020 - 21 July 2020

Bank Holidays 25 and 26 December 2019 1 January 2020 10 April 2020 (Good Friday) 13 April 2020 (Easter Monday) 4 May 2020 25 May 2020 (spring bank holiday) 31 August 2020 (summer bank holiday)

School to home communication In order to improve communication with parents/carers and to reduce the substantial cost and environmental impact associated with the amount of paper and photocopying involved in school mailings all correspondence is sent to parents/carers via email only. Our aim is that only students’ assessment profiles/data sheets, and of course, confidential or personal mail will be posted home. We fully understand that some parents/carers may wish to continue to have paper copies sent home rather than to receive communication by email and we will make arrangements to ensure that it is possible for this to continue upon request. Please contact the relevant pastoral manager at school to update your details if you do not currently receive email communications from Highfields: Mrs Green - Years 7 & 8 Mr Tidmarsh - Years 9, 10 & 11 Mrs Bumby - Sixth Form

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ParentView Survey We would like to remind you that you have the opportunity to give your views of school through the Ofsted Parent View survey below. https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ The survey is designed by Ofsted and is used by Inspectors when making decisions about which schools to inspect and when.

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Highfields Newsletter Issue 13  

2018/19 Academic Year

Highfields Newsletter Issue 13  

2018/19 Academic Year