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Friday 14 September 2012 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.
Dear Parents and Care Givers GCSE examination results 2012 Congratulations to our outgoing Year 11 students, who have achieved the best results Langley has ever had: •
The ‘gold standard’ of 5A*-C including English and Maths was 71% - the highest result ever for Langley School!
82% of students gained 5A*-C not including English and Maths
We are delighted for our out-going Year 11 students; we thank them for being such fine ambassadors for our school and wish them every success in the next stage of their education. Open Evening / Open Morning – important information! We would like to give you notice of our Open Evening and Open Morning. These events are for parents of current Y6 students considering their child’s secondary school for September 2013. Please note that on Thursday 20th September students will leave school at 12.35pm. Lunch will not be available that day, but those entitled to a free school meal will be credited with this for morning break. Open Evening Thursday 20 September - 6.30 - 8.30pm Open Morning Friday 21 September - 9.00 – 10.30am and 11.00 – 12.00 noon Academic Mentoring/ Review Mornings At Langley we run a successful programme of 1:1 academic mentoring. Each year group is invited to a 1:1 meeting with a staff mentor to focus on the student’s academic concerns or issues - thanks to the support of other students and parents. This year, the Review Morning for Year 11 students will take place as follows: •
Year 11 students will be given an allotted time to meet their mentors between 8.40 - 9.25am on Monday 24 September
All other year groups, ie Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will register with form tutors at 9.30am on Monday 24 September. Thank you in anticipation!
“Dear Parents or Guardian A Bright Future for our Children The children at school in Solihull consistently perform above the national average at Key stage 2 and Key stage 4. This is no doubt due to the high quality of education on offer along with the positive support and engagement of parents and carers such as you. I hope you’ll agree that we all believe in giving our children the best opportunities in life and the key to high levels of attainment is a high level of attendance. It is with this in mind that I write to you about family holidays in term time. These are difficult times for everyone and many people will be suffering financially, but I must remind parents and carers that the government guidance on holidays in term time is that they should be granted only in exceptional circumstances. A ten day holiday in term time will reduce a pupil’s attendance by at least 5%, which will affect both their attainment and school routine, and on behalf of the Local Authority I will therefore fully support Headteachers who refuse to authorise absences in these circumstances. If you consider that your circumstances are genuinely exceptional then please discuss your plans with the school before you go ahead and book so that you are clear whether or not the absence will be authorised. Also, I need to let you know that the government has raised the level of fine for a penalty notice issued in relation to poor school attendance. As of the 1st September 2012 the fine will rise from £50 to £60 per parent per child and from £100 to £120 if paid after 28 days but within 42 days. This is a national change which we will have to apply in Solihull and I’m glad that this won’t affect most of you, because as we have already seen most of our children are doing well in schools that are well supported by parents and carers. However, you should be aware of significant changes introduced by the government. Thank you for supporting your children and your children’s schools to do the best they can. Let’s keep working together to ensure the brightest possible future for all children in Solihull. “ Vanessa Bishop Director of Children’s Services, Solihull Authority Trip to the Tate Modern in London “On Tuesday 17th July the Dead Good Science Club travelled to London to visit the Tate Modern and – more importantly – the Damien Hirst exhibition. Damien Hirst is an English artist, entrepreneur and art collector and his art mainly is intertwined with dead organisms. For example, he used a preserved dead shark with its mouth open to evoke fear into the viewer. Our club is specifically interested in his butterfly art, known as Cathedral and Psalm prints, as we are attempting to either replicate or extract our own ideas from the artwork. The rest of the Tate Modern which we explored highlighted the fact that artwork should not be taken at face value; there should almost always be an inconspicuous meaning” Holly Malin, [now 9E]
Dear Parent ELECTION OF PARENT GOVERNOR I am pleased to inform you that there are two vacancies for Parent Governors at Langley School for a four year period. Although you must have a child at the school at the time of the election, you do not need to have a child at the school throughout the four year period. It should also be noted that no individual may be a governor of more than two schools. All parents over the age of 18 are eligible to stand for election and to vote, with the exception of: I. Those who are elected members of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council II. Those who are employed to work at the school for more than 500 hours in an academic year III. Those who are ineligible [as detailed within the application pack] If you would like more information on the rôle or to put your name forward, please contact my PA, Mrs Hannah and an application pack will be sent to you. The application forms will need to be completed and returned to me, to arrive no later than 4pm on Friday 28 September 2012. It may be that you would wish to propose another parent to serve as a parent governor. Please note that in this case the parent in question should complete the nomination form after you have discussed this possibility with them. If it is necessary to hold an election, I will provide further details of the arrangements in a later newsletter. Mr P Talbot Headteacher
Congratulations! On Thursday 19th July the following students [now Year 8], successfully completed an overnight camp supervised by Mrs K Beck, Mr J Edwards and Solihull Extended Services staff – and gained the prestigious John Muir Environmental Award: Declan Shiel Yousef Ali Bradlee Fletcher Joe Oakes Cameron May Andrew White Matthew Leadbetter Harry Peate Harry Lloyd Tom Abbott “Book of the Week” This is a new initiative in Langley School; posters on the English floor and in the Library provide a summary or review of the book – and if students are interested, they might like to pick up a copy from Mrs Beck in the Library. This week’s book is: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again” by Frank Cottrell Boyce This is the first ever sequel to Ian Fleming's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", written by bestselling author Frank Cottrell Boyce and endorsed by the Fleming family. When the Tooting family find a vast abandoned engine and fit it to their camper van, they have no idea of the adventure that lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary flying car - and it wants to be back on the road again...fast! The Tootings can haul on the steering wheel and pull the handbrake as hard as they like, but their camper van now has a mind of her own. It's not long before they're hurtling along on a turbo-charged chase as Chitty tracks down her long-lost bodywork. But there are sinister forces at work too. When it comes to a car as special as Chitty, everybody wants a piece of her...
‘Science in My Mind’ …. Art and Science beautifully linked.
A new display has been created for Science by the pupils of Langley School. In Science classes at the end of term pupils designed and completed wooden plaques with their thoughts of Science. This is the first of a number of displays using their ideas. Well done to all involved! Mrs C Watton, Science Faculty Science News Birmingham University offer a series of lectures. They generally start at 7pm-ish and are held at the Poynting building [with parents welcome too]. Please look for details on www.facebook.com/groups/student.ioptalks Tuesday 2 October Particle Physics and the Large Hadron Collider Tuesday 16 October Do we understand Nuclear Matter? Tuesday 30 October The Square Km Array [a radio telescope] Tuesday 13 November Superfluidity – quantum mechanics you can see! Tuesday 27 November Christmas lecture: Molecular Gastronomy – the science of taste and flavour [NB – tickets required for the Christmas lecture – please book with Mrs Watton.] Yours sincerely Mr P Talbot Headteacher