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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 20 December 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 Admission Arrangements We are proposing a change to our admission arrangements which would take effect from the admission of children into Year 7 in September 2015 and beyond. You can find a copy of the admission arrangements on our website. If you would like to send us your comments or views regarding the proposed change you should address them to the Chairman of Governors by 5pm on Friday 14 February 2014. Your comments and views will be considered and our final admission arrangements will be published by 15 April 2014. Swimming Championships The swimming Championships took place on Monday 9 December 2013 with 15 students representing Langley. With some very close 2nd and 3rd places, Langley ended up with its best ever performance with 3 winners. Congratulations to all the team and especially our winners, Millie Edwards – 7L , Frankie Austin – 8E and Abbie Rhodes – 9U. Year 7 Joshua Pearce Josh Denny Charlotte Moseley Jess Amond Natalie Rhodes Emily Rutherford-Stoll Millie Edwards Kaitlyn Hussain

Year 8 Rory Jones Marisa Veloso Frankie Austin Millie Chapman Rosie Weaver

Year 9 Liam Edwards Evie Garner Georgia Lonie Abbie Rhodes

Year 10 Declan Zimmerman Jamie Edwards Thomas Robinson Patrick Robinson Hattie Panaser Emily Hunter Ellie Parker Rosie Mellon

MFL Pantomime /Countdown to Christmas Concert /Senior Citizens’ Tea Party Congratulations and ‘Thank You’ to all the Langley students involved in these events over the last few weeks - in whatever capacity - whether on stage or behind the scenes. You brought some much appreciated good cheer and excellent entertainment to parents, family, friends and members of our local community! We hope that you feel rightly proud of yourselves. Advance notice – Exam Invigilators Required! We wish to appoint 3-5 Exam Invigilators to join our enthusiastic team in January. These posts are casual, term-time only, paid at Band A £12,435 pro rata. More details will follow in the new year and if you would like to know more information, please leave a name and contact number with Mrs J Hill, Examinations Officer.


PTA Christmas Raffle The draw took place on Wednesday and all prize-winners have now been notified. We shall publish a full list of prize-winners and announce the final amount collected in January. Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraising venture. Book of the Week The Book of the Week for the week beginning Monday 6 January 2014 is: “Split Second” by Sophie McKenzie. Bound together by the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, teenagers Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat appear at first to have much in common. But, as Charlie gets closer to Nat and his family, she begins to wonder if perhaps he knows more about the attack than he has let on. Split Second is an action-packed thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit. Jaguar Land Rover Apprenticeships in 2014 The 140 Jaguar Land Rover Apprenticeships available in the West Midlands are now listed on the National Apprenticeship website, as follows: 100 Engineering Apprenticeships – Advanced Level - 22 in Solihull, 22 in Warwick, 23 in Birmingham, 23 in Coventry and 10 in Wolverhampton. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2014. Interviews are scheduled to begin 3 March 2014. The expected duration of the advanced apprenticeship is 4 years. The starting weekly wage is £210.53 (the salary will significantly increase every 6 months). Entry requirements are a minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at Grade C or above, including Maths, English Language and either a core Science, Technology or Engineering. Please see: http://newsroom.jaguarlandrover.com/enin/jlr-corp/news/2013/11/jlr_2014_apprentice_intake/ Mrs S Guest, Careers Progression Adviser Finally, at the end of term, may I wish you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Students return to school on Tuesday 7 January 2014. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the Christmas poem below from Amy Goodban of 10K: Pigs in blankets, turkey stuffing, Playing charades, Granny’s bluffing, Wrapping paper, lots of wine, Will the turkey be ready on time? Eastenders Special, chocolate coins, Crackers are out, everyone joins Hands to pull crackers and sing Christmas songs, Oh no! The turkey has been in too long. No instructions, need some batteries, Bucks Fizz for breakfast, everyone’s happy, Baubles hanging, Christmas lovin’ Turkey is finally out the oven. Empty plates, Christmas cheer, TV Specials, it’s that time of year. It’s nearly over, Christmas is done. And the leftover turkey will soon be gone…..! Yours sincerely Mr P Talbot, Headteacher


Langley School News [20/12/13]