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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 27 September 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 Industrial Action – Tuesday 1 October 2013 Please remember that the school is closed on Tuesday 1 October 2013 due to the NASUWT and National Union of Teachers taking Industrial Action in the form of a strike. With the safety of students being a concern, and after undertaking a risk assessment, we have reached a decision that due to lack of appropriate supervision for children the school will be closed to all students. Year 10 and 11 GCSE Information Evening – Weds 2 October We have been overwhelmed with the level of interest in the Year 10 and 11 GCSE Information Evening on Wednesday 2nd October 2013 and would like to thank you for committing the time to find out more about your child’s experience in Key Stage 4. There are still a few places available, but they are running out quickly so we urge you to ring the school box office as soon as possible if you would like to attend. The event will take place in the Dovehouse Theatre and we urge guests to enter through the Dovehouse Theatre foyer so that we can register your attendance. Some pupils have fed back to us that, in some cases, more than one person from their family intended coming to the event. I would like to remind you that, as stated in the letter, only one person per family should attend, as theatre seats are limited. All resources for the session will be uploaded to the school website. If you have booked a place, but cannot attend, it would be helpful if you could inform the box office on 0121 7067139. Thank you for your time, support and cooperation. Mr W Keddie Deputy Headteacher Examination Certificates 2012 We still have a number of important examination certificates in school awaiting collection! Please would any pupils with a sister or brother who left the school in 2012 check with them whether or not they collected their exam certificates. If not, please would they either come in to school to collect them, or write a note giving permission for their sibling to collect them in their place. Thank you. Mrs J Hill - Exams Office


Privacy Notice – Data Protection Act 1998 We collect, use and store information about our pupils and may receive information about you from your previous school. This information helps us: • • • •

support our pupils’ teaching and learning; follow and report on our pupils’ progress; provide the right care and support for our pupils; and understand how well our school is doing as a whole.

The information we keep includes contact details; assessment marks and results; attendance records; other information such as ethnic group or religion; special educational needs and any relevant medical information. We are required (under the Data Protection Act) to take care of all information and we take this responsibility seriously. We will not give information about you to anyone outside the school without your consent unless the law and our rules permit it. We are required by law to pass some of your information to the Local Authority (LA), and the Department for Education (DfE). If you want to see a copy of the information we hold and share about you, then please contact the school. If you want more information about how the LA and DfE store and use this data, you can visit the following websites: • •

www.solihull.gov.uk/schoolsfpn http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statisticalreturns/a00643 91/who-the-department-passes-pupil-data-to

Please contact Solihull Council or the DfE if you would like a printed copy of the information: Data Protection Officer Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Council House Solihull West Midlands B91 9QU www.solihull.gov.uk

Public Communication Unit Department for Education Sanctuary Buildings Great Smith Street London, SW1P 3BT www.dcsf.gov.uk

Careers Services Once you are aged 13 or over, we have to pass on certain information to Solihull Specialist Careers Service [formerly known as Connexions], which is the support service for all young people aged 13 to 19 in this area. Careers services are provided by local authorities and private companies. We have to give the name and address of the pupil and parent (or carer), and any further information that the careers services need. However parents (or carers) can ask that no information beyond name and address (for pupil and parent) be passed on for careers services. The pupil can also ask that no information beyond name and address (for pupil and parent) be passed for careers services if they are aged 16 or over. If you do not wish to give more than your name and address, you should write to the school and tell us.


Langley's Little Book of Literacy We have produced an e-book to support pupils in developing their Literacy skills independently. You can find the book on the front page of our website, www.langley-sec.solihull.sch.uk and if you open it using an e-reader you will be able to flick through the pages to find the aspect of Literacy you are looking for. This book can be used as extra support for pupils on an area of literacy they want to improve upon, such as spelling or punctuation. Pupils can also use it when proof reading their work, to check that their work is grammatically correct. We hope that you find this little book a lot of help! Mrs C Thorpe, Literacy Co-ordinator ‘Flash from Trash’ Please could you keep plastic bags, unwanted ties and any haberdashery items for the Textiles department to work their magic with. Your help will be very much appreciated. Please send any items to Miss Robson-Smith in the Textiles Studio. Also, a big thank you to all those that have already sent in items already! Miss Robson-Smith Operation Christmas Child ‘Shoe Box’ appeal Thank you for the massive response so far with this appeal. We have had lots of shoe boxes though more would be welcome. For this coming week, can we ask for: Combs Colouring pencils Pencils Rubbers Small size colouring books Christmas wrapping paper Many thanks again in anticipation of your further support in this. Please drop items in the yellow box in the main reception area. Thank you for your support. Mrs S Cooke & Mrs E Lynch Careers Information for Year 10 & 11 Students and Parents Wednesday 16th October 2013 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm We share a Careers Convention with Light Hall School. This year’s convention will be held here at Langley and will be on the above mentioned date and times. A range of colleges, sixth forms, employees and apprenticeship providers will be represented and we expect all Year 11 to attend, if at all possible. (Year 10 students are also welcome to attend if they desire) Year 11 can be an anxious time for students and parents and the convention represents a real opportunity to ‘get the ball rolling’ regarding ‘Life after Langley’. Students and parents can simply drop in to the convention to talk to exhibitors at any time during the 2 hour running time, although it is usually best to arrive before 8pm. School uniform need not be worn on this occasion. ‘Life after Langley’ & Work Experience – Year 10 & 11 Letters have recently been given to students to bring home which provides information how as a school we support students, please look out for these.


Careers Events for Students interested in careers in Law and Medicine Epoc Careers organises focused careers events for students. Places are available at our 2013/14 Careers Conferences: * Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Doctor * Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Lawyer For full details, including costs, and to book places, see www.epoc.org.uk. These one-day events are held on Saturdays, from 10:00am to 4:30pm. They are suitable for students in years 11 and 12. Other students, staff and parents are welcome too. As well as helping students to achieve their goals, our conferences give them a clear view of the advantages and disadvantages of a particular career. Students find our conferences valuable and enjoyable. Book of the Week For the week beginning Monday 30 September is: ‘Last Chance Angel’ by Alex Gutteridge. When Jess is knocked off her bicycle she finds herself at the gates of Heaven early - before her actual death date. Striking a deal with Darren, the angel of death on duty, she is allowed to return to earth to visit her friends and family, in invisible form, for five days. But saying goodbye is harder than Jess ever imagined, as she learns new things about her friends and family. And, when Darren offers Jess a last chance at life, she is faced with an impossible dilemma. ‘Autism Event’ – Tuesday 15 October 10am – 4pm Queen Alexandra College is hosting an Autism Event on Tuesday 15 October 2013 at The Clarendon Suites, 2 Stirling Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 9SB between 10am – 4pm. This will be an exhibition of products and services, free workshops and seminars, but pre-registration is required. To book, please call 0121 428 5041 or visit www.qac.ac.uk/autism-central or email autismcentral@qac.ac.uk St Alphege Primary School Advertisement No 1 Club (St Alphege Preschool) is recruiting for a new member of staff. The hours are Monday to Friday mornings from 7:45 -9:00 and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 15:00 – 18:00. If you are interested then please contact Jackie Jenns via email: no1club@stalphege-preschool.org.uk. The closing date is Friday 3rd Oct. Yours sincerely

Mr P Talbot Headteacher


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