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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Fri 12thJuly. School closes Please note all pupils will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. Thurs 15th August School open to sell Tues 27th August uniform 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. School opens

Thurs 29th August, 8:45 am.

Half Term Break Mon 21st — Fri 29th October Please see elsewhere in the newsletter for details of School Terms and Holidays for the next academic year.

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Headteacher: Mr J Mellor

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Dear Parent/Carer As another successful year draws to a close, it is only right that I begin by thanking all staff, pupils and parents for the hard work that has gone in during the course of the year. Of course, this is a momentous summer in the school’s history. I would normally thank the Year 9 students who are leaving us for their hard work, and wish them all the best at their chosen upper school. Instead, we are very excited and proud that the vast majority of that year group have chosen to stay at Limehurst to study for their GCSEs. It feels like we have been preparing for this for a long time, and I suppose that is true to some extent. However, this has been the year when we have really been getting into the detail of how next year is going to work for us. The curriculum has been set, exam boards have been chosen, schemes of work have been planned, and I think we are now ready to ‘get going’! We have also taken this opportunity to review lots of other things about the way Limehurst operates. One of the things that students told us is that they wanted a new uniform to reflect the school’s new status. They have then played a key part in designing the new uniform, and we are looking forward to receiving lots of very smart looking youngsters after the summer! Naturally, the extra year group and students mean we have been busy recruiting lots of new staff for 2013-14, and you can read about those appointments elsewhere in this newsletter. We do say farewell this summer to an extremely long-serving member of staff in Rita Das, our Home School Development Officer. Rita’s work in the community and with parents has been integral to the school’s success, and I want to take this opportunity to wish her a very happy retirement. May I wish all staff, pupils and their families a peaceful and relaxing holiday, and I will look forward to seeing you on the first day of term, Thursday 29th August. Yours sincerely Jonathan Mellor Headteacher

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