LANGLEY SCHOOL A SPECIALIST COLLEGE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, LANGUAGES AND TRAINING Tel: 0121 706 9771 WEBSITE: www.langley-sec.solihull.sch.uk
Friday 10 May 2013 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 Ofsted Inspection You will recall that our Ofsted inspection took place last Wednesday and Thursday. At the time of writing this, we are still awaiting the final, written report. What I can say is that the inspectors were delighted to receive an unusually large number of parental/carer responses to their questionnaire [there were 200 compared to the average of around 12!], the vast majority of which were extremely supportive of our school. Thank you very much for that. The inspectors were even more impressed by your children and the exceptional way in which they behaved in and around school. They really were a credit to you and to Langley, as they are every day, and it was really pleasing to hear that from people who visit schools nationwide. As soon as I receive our report, I will ensure that you see it. Once again thank you for your great support for what we are trying to do here for your children. This Saturday - 11 May – PTA Car Boot Sale Pitches cost just £6 – please ring 0121 706 7139 to reserve your space, or turn up on the day. A pupil table top pitch costs just £5 on the day. Entry is from 8.30am for set up and 9.30am for buyers. The cost is 50p for adults, whilst children come free! Hot food and refreshments on sale and everyone is welcome. Water Please remind all students to bring in a water bottle so they can refill it during the lunchtime break. Mrs A Kehoe, School Matron Mumps. Measles & Rubella vaccinations Please can we remind parents to ensure their children, ages 1016 have had their two MMR vaccinations. They should be directed towards their GP who will administer them if necessary. Linda Heath - School Nurse
Funky Friday Presentation & Fashion Show – ‘From Litter to Glitter’ Wednesday 15 May 6.30- 8pm For the past term the Year 7 Funky Friday pupils have been engaged in an Environmental Project, and all of their work culminates in an evening to which parents, family and friends are invited. There will be a series of presentations of all the students’ work, followed by a Fashion Show in the Dovehouse Theatre where the majority of the costumes on the catwalk will have been made from recycled materials! This has been a very popular event in the past so we would urge you to book your tickets [price £2 each] early, via the Box Office, 0121 706 7139 Careers/Post 16 Information: Year 10 On the morning of the 26th April the year group participated in a planned 'Life after Langley' event. The aim of the morning was to foster awareness among our young people of the expectations which colleges and employers will have of them as they enter the fields of post-sixteen education, training and employment. On the morning in question, representatives from Business, Industry and Further Education formed part of a panel of to answer questions asked by our pupils on such topics as entry qualifications, the importance of punctuality, CV’s, the value and nature of interpersonal skills, hints on interview and application form techniques etc. Both the government and employers’ organisations have identified the value of such an ‘interface’ between pupils and the ‘world of work and further education’, and we hope that students gained a lot and enjoyed the morning. Our thanks go to Reed Recruitment, Artemis Executive Consultancy, The Sixth Form College Solihull, Penny Turvey Beauty Therapy, Brian Fiddaman of The Rotary Organisation and Ian Stapleton from CIMA for their enthusiastic and skilled involvement. Year 11 – Apprenticeship Opportunity A local Solihull Civil Engineering company is searching for an Advanced Apprenticeship Site Manager / Quantity Surveyor. This is an excellent local training opportunity for someone who has 5 GCSEs grades A – C. The company is keen to set up a meeting with interested young people (and their parents) to tell them more about the company and the training programme. If any student is interested please see Mrs Guest. Careers in Engineering – TRW Visit – Year 10 & 11 We were recently visited by TRW Engineering who gave a lunchtime presentation to interested students about career opportunities with TRW, including apprenticeships. In formal talks were also provided by two of their apprentices and a very inspirational short film was shown on ‘Women in Engineering’. The
following link will be put on the school’s post-16 section of the website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgjaWq0d7I8&feature=youtu.be Our thanks go to TRW and their apprentices for giving their time to support our students’ careers progression. We will be notified when they release their 2013 Apprenticeship programme and will inform parents by email/newsletter as soon as we have this information. Mrs Guest Careers Progression Co-ordinator Year 7 Cricket On 7 May, the Year 7 Cricket Team travelled to Yardleys School for the first round of the Warwickshire Schools tournament. Having lost the toss and fielding, all the squad did exceptionally well to limit them to just 44 runs from 16 overs. Harry Hart (4 wickets for just 5 runs), Keshav Vaitha (2 wickets for 6 runs) and Lewis Brown (2 wickets for 10 runs) all bowled exceptionally well along with Andy Mackey and Regan Whapples. When taking the first ball of his Langley career, Captain Lewis dispatched it for 4 runs and finished the innings 9 not out. He was supported by Harry Hart and then Andy Mackey who top scored with 19 not out. What a fantastic performance boys! Now, we head off into the second round! Congratulations to all members of the squad: Ben Brooker Dan McHugh Jon Ford Arun Sohota Keshav Vaitha Harry Hart Lewis Brown [Captain]
Dan Courtney Naeem Khan Andy Mackey
Sam Bodenham Jack Page Regan Whapples
Book of the Week The book for the week beginning Monday 13 May is ‘Young Knights of the Round Table’ by Julia Golding. HUMANS ARE THE ENEMY! That's what Rick's been taught to believe by the Fey Folk who stole him. Taken to the magical realm of Avalon, he's been trained, alongside other kids like him, into an elite force of warriors. When rumours start that a new generation of knights are re-forming the Round Table to attack Avalon, the Fey entrust Rick with a mission: go to Earth, find the knights, and stop them. Simple, right? Well, not exactly . . . No training could prepare him for the shock of being a modern teenager. And when he discovers that the Fey have been lying to him, Rick has to ask: if humans aren't the enemy-who is…….?
Cycle Safety Now that the days are longer and the weather is improving, more Langley students are choosing to come to school on their bicycles. Whilst we are delighted that this may result in fewer cars on the roads, we would urge parents to ensure that their children are wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet. Many serious head injuries might have been avoided by wearing a helmet. An Introduction to Photography at Market Hall Museum in Warwick Tuesday 27th - Thursday 29th August 10.00am - 3.00pm If you already love taking photographs, are aged between 14-18 years old and would like to learn how to get that professional edge to your images, then this three day workshop is for you. Work with professional photographers Liz Drake and Mark Acton to find inspiration in the museum and its collections and learn a wide range of new photographic skills. This is an engaging and interactive workshop where students will be able to use professional equipment and discover more about the techniques and science behind photography. Get inspired about photography and learn how to have the creative and professional edge in an age where everyone is a ‘photographer’ because they have a camera phone. Previous experience or keen interest in photography is essential. You will need to have your own digital camera and be able to attend all three days. Cost: £85.00 for three-day course. Please call 01926 412069 to book a place, or to enquire about this course, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pearl Ball – Friday 19 July The Solihull Together Ball will be held at St John’s Hotel on Friday 19th July in aid of fund raising for local, Solihull based charities. This year has special significance as Solihull SUSTAiN (Colebridge Trust) are supporting Age UK (Solihull) for their presence and work with older people in the borough for 30 years. Tickets cost £37 for drinks, reception, three course meal and coffee, together with an auction, raffle and fun casino, with live entertainment provided by ‘Partners in Crime’. For further details or to book a ticket please contact any of the following: email@example.com www.solihull-sustain.org.uk facebook.com / AgeUKSolihull twitter.com / SolihullSustain All proceeds go to Solihull Together and Age UK Solihull Ticket line: 0121 711 3148 (Solihull Together) 0121 704 3361 (Age UK Solihull) Yours sincerely
Mr P Talbot Headteacher
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