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Issue 5: 13 January 2017

Highfields School

Highfields School Newsletter Newsletter

Issue 5: 13 January 2017

Thank you for the feedback on our newsletter which is aimed at keeping parents/carers up to date with school news, activities and key information throughout the year. If you have any further feedback or suggestions on 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.

P R Cole & B P Riggott Co-Headteachers

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Contents: Co-Headteachers’ Message......................................................................... 3 Student Bulletin – Coming up next week ..................................................... 4 Extra-curricular Clubs & Activities ............................................................... 5 School Meals ............................................................................................. 7 Sports Update ........................................................................................... 8 Highfields School Governing Body............................................................... 9 Parent/Carer Notices................................................................................ 10 Highfields School Contact details .............................................................. 11 Key Staff ................................................................................................. 12 Key Dates ............................................................................................... 13

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Co-Headteachers’ Message While our students enjoyed a final day of holiday on 3 January, staff returned to get ready for the new term and focus again on our top priorities. Amongst these is the challenge of making a success of major national curriculum change. Nationally, examinations are going through the biggest overhaul for some time. Our Year 11 students will be amongst the first cohort a sitting new style GCSEs in English and Maths in the summer. Most other subjects move on to the new GCSE structure for our current Year 10s. These are tougher in terms of content and the nature of assessment, with a move away from coursework / ‘controlled assessment’ and more emphasis on recall of knowledge in final exams. Meanwhile our Sixth Form students are also affected by similar changes to A levels. Our Year 9 students will be making important options decisions for GCSE over the next few weeks. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue some subjects in more depth, or to pick up a subject that has not been studied in Years 7-9. We will provide plenty of guidance to each individual on how to make the best decisions, but the crucial points are that students choose: a. Subjects that they think they will find interesting and enjoyable, and b. Subjects in which they think they will be successful – keeping in mind the rising demands of GCSE exams. We have launched the options process with students and look forward to providing more information to parents of Year 9 students at the Options / Parents’ Consultation evening this coming Tuesday, 17 January. Making a success of the new GCSEs provides a great opportunity for us to look afresh at the way in which we approach Key Stage 3. This in turn has led to more focus on teaching and learning with our primary school partners. It has been a real pleasure to visit some primary schools recently and look at what we can all learn from the best practice in their classrooms. This will help to ensure that we continue to build on all the progress that our students have made before they join us. Overall we are making good progress with our preparation and delivery of new courses, and feel confident about our ability to meet their demands. The secrets to success will draw on the abilities of our colleagues to plan carefully and teach well, our students’ excellent attitudes to learning, and on-going partnership with parents/carers and the wider community in the learning process. As ever, thank you for providing this.

Peter Cole & Ben Riggott Co-Headteachers

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Student Bulletin – Coming up next week

Monday 16 January Year 11 Art students - Controlled Assessments taking place during Art lessons from January to March 2017

Tuesday 17 January 4-7pm Year 9 Parent Consultation & Options Evening (the Parent Consultation evening will be held in the Sports Hall & two Options Presentations will take place in the Wheeldon Hall at 4pm and 6pm)

Wednesday 18 January -

Thursday 19 January Year 11 Data Sheets issued to parents/carers Lumsdale School Parliament Meeting (P4)

Friday 20 January Year 10 (x30 science students) visiting Rolls Royce

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Extra-curricular Clubs & Activities Starkholmes (Lower Site) Monday

1.00-1.30pm Homework Club in Room 4 1.00-1.30pm Maths Homework Help in Room 5 1.00-1.40pm Boys Football Y8 with J Shipley & J Stevenson 1.00-1.40pm Film Club in Lab 1 with Mrs Humphris From October 1.00-1.40pm Year 8 Netball with Mrs Wildgoose 3.30-5pm Rugby Training Y7 & Y8 at Lumsdale

Tuesday

12.45-1.15pm Sustainability Club in T2 1.00-1.30 pm Homework Club in Room 4 1.00-1.30pm Science Club & Science Homework Support Lab 2 1.00-1.30pm Scooter Club Y7 & Y8 Boys and Girls with Miss Warburton 1.00-1.30pm Boys football Y7 & Y8 with Mr Clifford 1.15-1.45 pm Highflyers Dance Club in PARTS 1.10-1.40pm The Net (After Oct Half Term) 1.10-1.40pm Geography Hospital in Room 2 4.00-7pm Climbing Club (1st and 3rd Tuesday in the month)

Wednesday

1.00-1.30 pm Homework Club in Room 4 1-00-1.30pm Art Club in room 12 from October 1.00-1.30pm Girls Football Y7 & Y8 with Miss Spencer 1.00-1.30pm Sports leaders Y7 in Gym

Thursday

1.00-1.30 pm Homework Club with Mrs Green in Room 4 12.45-1.15 pm Science Homework Support in Lab2 1.00-1.30pm Help with Maths- Homework Support in Room 6 1.00-1.30pm Mixed Hockey with Mr Shirtcliffe 1.00-1.40pm Junior Choir 1pm-1.40pm Boys Basketball Y7 & Y8 with Miss Warburton 3.45-4.45pm Musical Theatre Club in PARTS

Friday

1.00-1.30pm Homework Club with Mrs Green in Room 4 1.00-1.30pm Geography Homework Help in Room 2 1.15-1.45pm Book Club in Library – Year7&8 Alternate weeks 1.10-1.45pm Drama Club in PARTS 1.00-1.40pm Running club with Mr Hurst 1.00-1.30pm Sports leaders – Year 8 in Gym

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Extra-curricular Clubs & Activities Lumsdale (Upper Site) Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Lunchtime

After School

Football (Year 9-11) Basketball (All years) 1.10-1.40pm Music Theatre Club 12.45-1.15pm Science Assistance Services in S9 1-1.40pm Maths Revision in M5

3.45-5pm Senior Choir MU1 Duke of Edinburgh 4-5pm Rugby (Y9-10) D&T Year 11 and A Level CatchUp in C8

Lunchtime

After School

Table Tennis (All years) Badminton (Year 10-11) 1-1.30pm Geography Homework Help and Controlled Assessment Catch-Up in H2 GCSE Computing Catch-Up in IT1 1-1.30pm - Mixed Staff Student Choir - MU1 12.50pm – Running Club

Climbing Club (every 2nd and 4th Tuesday) – Please see Mr Bonitz for 3.45-4.45pm U18 Rugby (Y11-13) 3.45-4.45pm Dance Performance Group in Wheeldon Hall – see

schedule on dance notice boards

Lunchtime

After School

Volleyball Club (Year 12/13 Only) Sports leaders GCSE Computing Catch-Up in IT1 1-1.40pm Maths Revision in M5 1pm MFL Homework Club in L4

Warhammer Club in C5 (3.45-5pm) Sports leaders 3.45-4.45pm Dance GCSE Catch-Up in Wheeldon Hall 3.30-5pm GCSE Computing CatchUp in IT1 3.45-4.30pm - Senior Orchestra 6th form canteen 4.30-5pm - Senior Strings - MU1

Lunchtime

After School

1.15-1.45pm Upper School book club in the Library 12.45pm Design & Technology Catch-Up Club in C8 Girls Football Netball (Years 9-11 Girls) GCSE Computing Catch-Up in IT1 12.45-1.15pm Science Assistance Services in S9

3.45-4.45pm U18 Rugby (Y11-13) Netball (Years 9-11 Girls) D&T Year 11 and A Level CatchUp in C8 3.45-4.30pm - Senior Wind Band 6th form canteen 4.30-5pm - Senior Jazz Band

Lunchtime

After School

Badminton Smash-Up (All years)

3.45-5pm - Friday Night Group 6th form canteen

1-1.40pm Maths Revision in M5

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more information

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School Meals Monday 16 January – Friday 20 January 2017 Monday

Hunter’s Chicken Vegetarian Tacos Rice Seasonal Vegetables Chocolate Crunch & Chocolate Sauce

Tuesday

Organic Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Vegetarian Pasta Bake Pasta Seasonal Vegetables Fruit Pie & Custard

Wednesday

Roast Gammon & Pineapple Country Vegetable Pie Roast/Creamed Potatoes Seasonal Vegetables Flapjack & Custard

Thursday

Lamb Keema & Potato Curry Pizza Rice Seasonal Vegetables Lemon Cake & Custard

Friday

Catch of the Day Tortilla Layer Chips Seasonal Vegetables Fruit Crumble & Custard

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Issue 5: 13 January 2017

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Sports Update Sports Fixtures We are now entering a winter break and looking forward to seeing our students continuing to participate and achieve in a range of sporting events locally and nationally when fixtures start again in February. Mr C Shirtcliffe (Head of PE)

Sports Leaders Our Sports Leaders and Sports Apprentices have been 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 Mrs Allen (School Sports Co-Ordinator)

Highfields Sports Ambassadors are out in primary schools delivering sports assemblies. This week Lily McCrea (Year 12) and Harry Rudkin (Year 11) visited All Saints Infants and Junior Schools. All Saints were our champion school 2015/16 who also gained a Gold School Games Mark Award. The Ambassadors, PE apprentice Mr Molyneux and Mrs Allen looked to inspire our next generation of Young Leaders and Ambassadors to have an active healthy lifestyle - all part of our brief as the Derbyshire Health & Wellbeing Hub site. We had a visit from Sporting Futures Chief Mentor, Karen Kelly, for the level 3 qualification last Friday at Highfields. She was giving tuition on the (supporting teaching and learning) qualification to James Bates and Jordan Spencer who are following the apprenticeship.

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Issue 5: 13 January 2017

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Highfields School Governing Body Governors’ skills and experience Highfields School is fortunate in the kinds of people who have volunteered to become Governors, each brining a variety of skills and experience to support the school.

Meet your Governors This week our profile is on Helen Crane, one of our Vice-Chairs of Governors: I am one of the Vice-Chairs of the Board of Governors. I have been a Governor since 2010, first as a parent and now as a Coopted Governor. I Chair the Student and Community Links Committee, which makes sure that Highfields is a welcoming and safe place for all students and parents, with strong and active links to the wider community. I also sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Helen Crane Vice-Chair Co-opted Governor

I want all students to leave Highfields having discovered a personal talent or skill which they can enjoy and develop throughout their lives, whether they go into work, business, apprenticeship, college or university. I have worked in the community and voluntary sector, taught with the Open University and currently work with social enterprises.

Start of term of office:

12 January 2015

End of term of office:

11 January 2019

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

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Parent/Carer Notices Year 9 Option Evening / Parent Consultation – Tuesday 17 January Students have attended two assemblies this week outlining the options process and have been given their options booklet to start to think about their subject choices. The Key Stage 4 Curriculum Booklet has been issued electronically to Year 9 parents/carers and is also on the school website (http://www.highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk/pdfs/InfoPDFs/KS4CurriculumBooklet.pdf). Paper copies will be available to collect on the evening following the presentation. The booklet includes details of the option process as well as descriptions of all courses available to students starting Year 10 in September 2017. The Year 9 Parent Consultation evening is from 4pm-6.45pm for parent consultation appointments in the Sports Hall and the Options presentations will take place in the Wheeldon Hall at 4pm and 6pm (this is the same presentation available at two points during the evening). If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Harper (Pastoral Manager) on extension 364.

Careers Advice Phil Nelson, the school’s Independent Careers Advisor, will be available during the Year 9 evening to talk to parents/carers and students. Phil will be able to provide any guidance with option choices and future career choices. His desk will be situated in the Sports Hall as part of the Parent Consultation Evening.

Year 11 Mock Interviews – Tuesday 31 January 2017 All Year 11 students will be given a Mock Interview with an Employer on 31 January and will need to come prepared with their CV. If you have any questions about this, please speak to Mrs Turner, Life & Work Skills Co-ordinator.

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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Highfields School Contact details Communication with school General enquiry (Form Tutor) The first point of contact for parents/carers for general enquiries is the Form Tutor. If parents/carers feel enquiries have not been adequately addressed by the Form Tutor, this can be followed-up with the relevant Head of Year. We encourage parents/carers to keep in touch with tutors by using the student planner. There is a space at the end of each week where parents/carers can write a note to the tutor. 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. Parents/carers can contact us on the main school number (see below). Reception staff will aim to help with queries or refer parents/carers to a member of staff who can.

Main Contact Details Lower Site (Years 7 & 8): Starkholmes Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3DD Telephone: 01629 584020 Upper Site (Years 9-13): Telephone:

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

General email: Newsletter feedback: Admissions: Chair of Governors:

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

Website:

www.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.

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Key Staff Co-Headteachers: Mr P Cole & Mr B Riggott

Senior Assistant Headteachers: Mr D O’Reilly & Mrs C Rifkin

Associate Assistant Headteachers: Mr K Rodgers Mrs A Ruston

- Years 7 and 8 (based at Starkholmes) - Years 9, 10 & 11 (based at Lumsdale)

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

– – – – – –

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

Pastoral: Mrs Green - Years 7 & 8 Mrs Harper - 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 – Mr D O’Reilly 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

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Learning Support / SEN – Mr A Dawtry Maths – Miss S Wallhead Modern Foreign Languages – Mrs M Bowen Music – Mr K Rowley PE – Mr C Shirtcliffe Psychology – Miss H Ould PRS – Miss S Collis Science – Mrs C Morgan Sociology – Mrs A Serjeant

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Key Dates 2016-17 Academic Year:

2016-17 Bank Holidays (school closed):

Term 1: 5 September 2016 − 21 October 2016 26 and 27 December 2016 Term 2: 31 October 2016 − 20 December 2016 2 January 2017 Term Term Term Term

3: 4: 5: 6:

3 January 2017 − 10 February 2017 20 February 2017 − 7 April 2017 24 April 2017 − 26 May 2017 5 June 2017 − 21 July 2017

14 April 2017 17 April 2017 1 May 2017 29 May 2017 28 August 2017

(Good Friday) (Easter Monday) (Spring Bank Holiday) (Summer Bank Holiday)

2016-17 CPD Days (school closed to students):

Monday 5 September 2016 Friday 21 October 2016 Monday 19 December 2016 Tuesday 20 December 2016 Tuesday 3 January 2017 2016-17 Parents’ Consultation Evenings:

Year 12: Year 13:

Tuesday 22 November 2016 Thursday 8 December 2016

Year 9: Year 8: Year 11: Year 10: Year 7:

Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday

17 January 2017 7 February 2017 21 February 2017 7 March 2017 4 April 2017

(including Option choices for Year 10)

2016-17 School Events (further details will be issued prior to each event along with confirmation of date and times):

Y12 Review Day Y7 Review Day Christmas Concert

25 November 2016 (during school day) 1 December 2016 (Starkholmes) 6-7 December 2016 (7.30pm Wheeldon Hall)

Year 11 Mock Interviews Evening of Dance Y11 Study Skills/Revision Evening for parents Easter Concert Sports Leaders Awards Evening Y10 Health Day Highfields’ Got Talent Y12 Higher Education Evening Y10 Work Experience Day Y10 Work Experience (2 weeks) Y7, Y8 & Y9 Sports Day

31 January 2017 (during school day at Lumsdale) 8 February 2017 (7pm Bowler Hall, Starkholmes) 16 March 2016 (6-8pm Wheeldon Hall) 28 March 2017 (7.30pm Wheeldon Hall) 6 April 2017 (6-8pm Wheeldon Hall) 7 April 2017 (during school day) 27 April 2017 (at Starkholmes) 22 June 2017 (7pm Wheeldon Hall) 23 June 2017 (during school day) 26 June – 7 July 2017 28 June 2017 (during school day at Lumsdale) (30 June 2017 contingency) 5 July 2017 (during school day) 5 July 2017 (during school day) 5 July 2017 (during school day) 12-14 July 2017 (7.30pm Wheeldon Hall) 21 July 2017 (during school day at Lumsdale)

Y6 Visit Starkholmes Y7 Sponsored Walk / Y8 Visit Lumsdale Y9 Enterprise Day School Musical Challenge Day (Whole School) 2017 Exam Results Days: A Level Exam Results: Thursday 17 August 2017

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GCSE Exam Results: Thursday 24 August 2017

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