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LANGLEY SCHOOL A SPECIALIST COLLEGE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, LANGUAGES AND TRAINING Tel: 0121 706 9771 WEBSITE: www.langley-sec.solihull.sch.uk

Friday 15 July 2011 Langley School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DF

Dear Parents and Care Givers Uniform Expectations As the holidays approach and you may be considering purchasing your child new items of uniform for September, we would like to remind you that the following items MUST BE worn. Checks will be made on the first day back and anyone wearing incorrect uniform will be sent home to rectify the situation. • Shoes must be appropriate, black and leather [no trainers, canvas or logos] • Skirts must be of an appropriate length • Blazers must have a Langley School badge Thank you for your continued support in maintaining our high standards. Arrangements for last day of term – Friday 22 July We would like to give you notice that school will finish at 12.35pm on Friday 22 July. Anyone wishing to pre-order a lunch may do so the day before. A full range of refreshments will be available for all students at break-time. We will, of course, offer supervision for any students who need to remain until 3.05pm. Funky Friday Summer Fête Reminder – Friday 15th July Remember the Year 7 students’ Funky Friday Summer Fête, will be held at Langley School today, Friday 15th July between 3.15 – 5.30pm. There will be a wide range of stalls, prizes to be won and refreshments and entrance is free! All proceeds from the fête, and from the other businesses that have been running this term, will be going to the charity ‘Acorns’. Summer Concert Congratulations to all performers and ‘behind the scenes’ technicians or supporters who combined to produce a wonderful, professional evening’s entertainment at the Langley Summer Concert on Thursday 7th July. The range and quality of musical talent at Langley School amazed the audience yet again! Instrumental Lessons New learners or continuing musicians are requested to complete an application form for lessons next year. Lessons are available for drums, classical / electrical guitar, strings, woodwind, brass, keyboard and voice coaching. Please see Mr Scholey for more details.


Mr Sambhi’s Mathematical Challenge The Question: What is the next term in the sequence? 1 11 21 1211 111221 312211 13112221

The Solution: 1113213211 There were only 3 correct entries this time! Well done to David Rose of 9H. Please see Mr Talbot to collect your prize. ParentPay - coming soon - our new online payment service! We are pleased to announce that we will be launching ParentPay as our preferred method of payment to school. ParentPay offers you the freedom to make online payments - safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available. Parents will have a secure online account, activated using a unique username and password (these will be sent to you shortly). Making a payment with your credit or debit card is straightforward and ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments to view at a later date. In addition to payments ParentPay also offers an integrated reminders option ensuring you never need miss a payment and helping you keep your child’s school meal account in credit. We look forward to your support in using ParentPay as it will help us further support teaching and learning by reducing the burden of income collection in the classroom and school office whilst improving schoolhome communication. Further Changes to Finance System! All cheques coming into the school in payment for anything after 1st September should be made payable to ‘Langley School’. Please note that we will not be able to accept cheques payable to ‘SMBC’. This will particularly affect those who prefer to send a cheque for their children’s dinner money, rather than use ParentPay.

Summer Reading Challenge 2011 – Circus Stars Your challenge – should you choose to accept it – to read SIX books over the summer holidays! Any Langley student may register at a local Solihull library from this Saturday, 16th July and the challenge runs to Saturday 10th September. Collect your circus stars stage and stickers as you progress. When you complete the challenge you will receive a certificate and a medal – and be entered into the prize draw! For more information telephone Solihull Library on 704 6968 or visit www.solihull.gov.uk/libraries


Library Book Returns / Re-Issues Ms Beck would love to have your children’s overdue library books returned this week please! If any books are not yet finished and children want to keep them, to continue to enjoy over the holidays, please ask students to simply bring them in to be stamped and re-issued! Thank you. Measles Update As reported earlier this year, cases of measles have continued to increase. The new cases of measles are predominately in children and adults under 19 years of age and the vast majority are unvaccinated. Other European countries have also seen increases in measles cases in recent months with over 11,000 cases reported across 35 European countries in the first four months of the year. The countries mainly affected are France, Germany and Spain. We have therefore been asked to remind parents of families who are travelling abroad of the importance of immunisation before they travel. For further information please visit the Health Protection Agency website on www.hpa.org.uk. Holidays / Term dates for Academic Year 2011-2012 Autumn Term 2011 INSET Day [Staff only attend] Monday 5 September INSET Day [Staff only attend] Tuesday 6 September 1st day of term for students Wednesday 7 September INSET Day [Staff only attend] Friday 21 October Half Term Monday 24 - Friday 28 October Term Ends Friday 16 December 2011 Spring Term 2012 INSET Day [Staff only attend] 1st day of term for students Half Term Last day of term for students INSET Day [Staff only attend] Good Friday Easter Monday

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Wednesday 4 January 2012 Thursday 5 January Monday 13 - Friday 17 February Wednesday 4 April Thursday 5 April Friday 6 April Monday 9 April

Summer Term 2012 Term Starts for staff & students May Bank Holiday Half Term Spring Bank Holiday Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Term Ends for staff & students

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Monday 23 April Monday 7 May Monday 4 June - Friday 8 June Monday 4 June Tuesday 5 June Wednesday 25 July

Parental Survey Feedback A huge thank you to the 198 parents who responded to our request to complete our school survey on the quality of our provision and service. This sample size constitutes 28% of parents in school. The responses were very encouraging and there were a range of suggestions and ideas that are shaping our school improvement priorities over the next two years.


Parental Survey Results 92.4% of parents rated the school good or better. 95.1% of parents stated the school had improved or remained the same over the last year. 92.9% of parents said their children felt safe at school with 4% stating they didn’t know. 88.9% of parents said their children felt safe at school with 5.6% stating they didn’t know. 52% of parents said their children had the right amount of homework. 53% of parents said their children were offered sufficient opportunities to take on responsibilities. 29.3% didn’t know. 79.8% of parents said there was a good range of activities (including extracurricular, trips and visits) You clearly rated the quality of school discipline, facilities, attendance control, the caring nature of teachers, school safety and the happiness of pupils particularly highly. Suitable levels of homework, differentiation of work, and parental communication as areas for development. Some parents stated in the written feedback at the end of the survey that they had concerns regarding uniform standards.

Next Steps We have started to digest these results and are writing the school development plan for 2011-2013, an overview of which will be shared with you next term. You will see: •

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A new online parent gateway in the Autumn term where you have the facility to access attendance, assessment, achievement and behaviour data. You will also be able to access school documents to help you support your child’s learning. The development of a Virtual Learning Environment so that you and your children will be able to access learning materials and assessments online. Reviewing the method of communicating curriculum information to all parents so that you have a better idea of what your children are learning and how you can support them. Reviewing the homework policy and communication of the actual homework set. A reiteration of the school expectations on uniform and reinforcement of this at all levels in the school. Working with staff to develop more differentiation strategies in lessons.

Yours sincerely

Mr P Talbot Headteacher


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