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ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL A W S N E W S W E E K LY —

13-01-17

Dear Parents and Carers, Students, Governors and Members of Staff,

Happy new year Welcome to this week’s edition of our first January schools newsletter


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL Sixth Form Charity Christmas Jumper Day FOR THE Alzheimers Society Monday 19h December 2016. Total Raised £1630.87


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Sixth Form Charity Day


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Sixth Form Charity Day


ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL Christmas Carol Service St Nicholas’s Church Thursday 15th December 2016


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Christmas Carol Service


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Christmas Carol Service


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Building’s Update Please note our new car park is open and one way


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GCSE grades are changing GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities and languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands. In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system please see the "Ofqual 9 to 1 postcard" below. More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.


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ALLESTREE WOODLANDS SCHOOL Free School Meals It’s really important for the school to know who all of the Free School Meal (FSM) students are. Whatever information we receive from parents and carers is confidential and students who take free school meals are not identified in any way as all meals are purchased using the ‘finger machine’. No cash is exchanged. If you think your child could be entitled to Free School Meals, please contact the school in any way that you feel most comfortable to you.

Breakfast Allowance is £1.50 which is sufficient for a bacon roll and hot chocolate from 8.00am to 8.30am. At lunch the allowance is £3.25 which is sufficient to purchase a hot meal and a pudding. We are really keen that parents take up this entitlement so please do not hesitate to contact us.

WisePay The school’s Online Payment System We encourage all parents and carers to use our school online payment system called ‘WisePay’ for payments of trips and other school activities, equipment and topping up dinner money accounts. Details of how to do this can be found on the school website on: www.woodlands.derby.sch.uk or by contacting the school on 01332 551921 or by email: the.office@woodlands.derby.sch.uk

Dates for your Diary Year 11 Mock Exams - Monday 16th – Friday 27th January Year 10 Reports — Friday 20th January

Year 9 GCSE Information Evening 6pm-9pm —Tuesday 24th January

Website A reminder to regularly check the school website for news, reminders and copies of letters sent to parents/carers.


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School Routines Head teacher’s Surgery: I am available to meet Parents/Carers each Wednesday from 5.15-6pm. 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.

Parental Consent: A reminder to all Parents/Carers that it will be assumed that you have no objections to your child’s details or ticipation in any of the following:

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Copyright/photographs and names of student in the Newsletters, Education Extras and on the school website

Internet access at school

Sex education

Data sharing with Connexions and other educational agencies

Fingertip recognition for student meals

If you do object then please put it in writing and send it to me. A copy of the school’s privacy notice can be found on our website www.woodlands.derby.sch.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Brady, Headteacher Don’t miss out on all the latest news, Videos & Information about Allestree Woodlands School. Twitter: @woodlands_derby | Facebook: Woodlands School Derby

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AWS NEWS WEEKLY 13.01.17