7th September 2018 Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to the new school year! I hope you had a good summer break. Thank you for the way you have prepared your youngsters for the start of school. We have been really impressed by the high standard of uniform in all our students and for the positive attitude they have all displayed in these first few days of the new term.
Improved GCSE and A level exam results I know you share my disappointment in the Ofsted judgement we received in July this year. In my letter to you when the report was published, I stated that ‘I am confident that this summer’s GCSE and A level results will be better than last year’. I am delighted to say that our GCSE and A level exam results overall are much better than last year. We will publish provisional details of our results on our website very soon. You will also be able to see full details of our exam results when the Department for Education publishes the school performance tables later this year. New School Year message to all students: In assemblies this week, I have spoken to all students about the ingredients for their success as follows:
Good behaviour at all times – in school, and to and from school Treat everyone properly – with kindness and respect Maximise attendance and punctuality at school Be organised – come to school each day with everything you need Work hard in all lessons Enjoy getting stuck – learn from your mistakes and keep trying
Please support your children, and the school, in making sure they have these good and essential characteristics. Farewell to our caretaker – Mr Barry Edgar We said farewell to our long serving caretaker during the holidays. Mr Edgar has been at Woodlands since 2003. We wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.
New members of staff We welcomed the following staff to the school this week:
Dr de Mynn Miss Joynson Miss Kent Mr Kerr Miss Mallett Miss Hancox Mrs Hughes Miss Mills Mrs Palmer-Blount Mrs Pattison Mr Rance Mr Sinnott Miss Thornton Miss Upton
- Geography - MFL - English - Physics - Physics - Cleaner - Cleaner - Assistant Headteacher - Head of Sixth For - PE Deputy Director - Teacher of the Deaf - Design Technology - Physics - PE - Design Technology
Existing staff taking on new responsibilities:
Mrs Brailsford Mr Cleveley Miss Colley Mrs Curr Mr Hammond Miss Martin Mrs Burridge Mrs Smith Mrs Swain Mr Swift
- Assistant Headteacher/DSL - Director of Physical Education - Head of Cedar - Head of Rowan - Assistant Head of Cedar - Acting Deputy Director of English - Acting Assistant Director of English - Acting Director of Arts - Acting Head of Art - Assistant Head of Oak House
I am sure you will join me in wishing our new staff and those taking on new responsibilities every good wish for a successful time at our school. Please note the following dates for your diary: Information evenings Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 8 Year 9
Tuesday 11th September at 6pm Tuesday 11th September at 7pm Thursday 13th September at 6pm Tuesday 18th September at 6pm Tuesday 18th September at 7pm
TERM DATES FOR 2018-2019 AUTUMN TERM 2018 Monday 3rd September Staff training day – School closed to students Tuesday 4th September Start of term for students Tuesday 4th September to Friday 26th October Half term – Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December Christmas holidays – Monday 24th December to Friday 4th January 2019
SPRING TERM 2019 Monday 7th January to Friday 15th February Half term – Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February Monday 25th February to Friday 12th April Easter holidays – Monday 15th – Friday 26th April SUMMER TERM 2019 Monday 29th April to Friday 24th May Half term – Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June Monday 3rd June to Friday 19th July Summer holidays – Monday 22nd July – Monday 2nd September TERM DATES FOR 2019-2020 AUTUMN TERM 2019 Tuesday 3rd September Staff training day – School closed to students Wednesday 5th September Start of term for students Wednesday 5th September to Friday 25th October Half term – Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November Monday 4th November to Friday 20th December Christmas holidays – Monday 23rd December to Friday 3rd January 2020 SPRING TERM 2020 Monday 6th January to Friday 14th February Half term – Monday 17th to Friday 21st February Monday 24th February to Friday 3rd April Easter holidays – Monday 6th – Friday 17th April SUMMER TERM 2020 Monday 20th April to Friday 22nd May Half term – Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May Monday 1st June to Tuesday 21st July Summer holidays – Wednesday 22nd July – Friday 4th September AUTUMN TERM 2020 Monday 7th September Tuesday 8th September
Staff training day – School closed to students Start of term for students
Staff training (INSET) days 2018-2019: Monday 3rd September Monday 5th November Friday 12th April Friday 5th July Parents and Carers evenings 2018-2019: Year 7 Meet the Tutor evening Year 13 Year 11 Year 9 GCSE Information evening Year 9 Year 8 Year 12 Year 10 Year 7
Wednesday 24th October Tuesday 13th November Tuesday 20th November Wednesday 30th January Thursday 7th February Thursday 7th March Tuesday 12th March Thursday 9th May Tuesday 11th June
Parking at the end of school – polite request: As you know, it gets very congested outside school at the end of the school day. In order to ensure the safety of all our students please DO NOT drive into school to pick up your child. Arrange to pick them up somewhere away from school and please park safely, legally and considerately outside school and in the roads around the school.
Headteacher’s Surgery: I am available to meet Parents/Carers each Wednesday from 5:15pm—6pm. If you are able, please make an appointment by contacting Kate Challands on 01332 551921.
Contact Details: Please keep your contact details up to date by ensuring that the school office has the most current contact details for you, including email addresses and mobile telephone numbers. And finally: This new academic year will be extremely important for your son or daughter as they embark on the next stage of their education here at Allestree Woodlands School. All of us here will work hard to ensure they are as successful as possible. I look forward to receiving your continuing support in this great endeavour. Yours faithfully,
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