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Allestree Woodlands School School news for Friday 9th May 2014 Dear Parents and Carers, Students, Governors and members of Staff,

Ofsted Inspection – 29th and 30th April 2014 Thank you so much for your support during our Ofsted inspection last week. The outcome of the inspection is confidential to the school until the official publication of the report. However what I am happy to say is that we are very pleased. I am sure you will be too. The report will be published within the next ten days and you will be the first to receive a copy. A special thank you to the large number of parents and carers who responded to the inspection through Parent View. To the last question asking whether you would recommend Woodlands to other parents 94% of you said YES! A ringing endorsement of the school. Congratulations to:  All Year 11 Students who formally received their Record of Achievement from me in Assembly this week.  The TOP Year 11 Attendees at school for the whole of the time since they joined us in 2009: James Attfield, Rosie Bailey, Alice Crispin, Samantha Harvey, Charlotte Howard, Naomi Dinmore, Alex Winter, Kieran Barker and Jamie Sterland.  Year 7 Boys Football Team who in their first year here reached the U12 City Cup Final. They were runners up against Lees Brook losing 5-2. Big congratulations to the team: Luke Tappin, Max Cleveley, Oliver Wood, Alfie Beavon, Josh Outten-Mann, Josh Claxton-Briggs, Dan Shaw, Lewis Taylor, Alistair Brown, Max Charlton, Aiden Bromyard, Tom O'Connor, Tom Molyneux, Sam Wilkinson, Billy Cripps, Cameron Muir, Jonathan Varney, Mathew Gregory, Ben Outten and Xavier Xiros.  The U16 Girls Football Team who have reached the County Cup Final for the second year running. The final is being played at South Normanton FC on Wednesday 14th May – kick off at 6.45pm. If you can go along to support it will be much appreciated. Staff news:  Welcome to Mr Tom Bradley who has joined us as an apprentice Teaching Assistant.  Correction – Mrs McEntee’s new baby boy is called Joseph James. Mother and baby are doing well. GCSE and A level Summer Examinations:  Exam timetables have been given to students. They have also been published on the school website. The links are listed on the homepage and under the ‘’Students’’ tab and by clicking on ‘’student examinations’’.  The main exam season starts on Monday 12th May and runs until the end of June.  Year 12 students will be on study leave from Monday 12th May until the end of the AS exams.  Year 11 students will be in school attending lessons and revision classes during the exams.  Year 13 will celebrate the end of nearly 7 years at Woodlands on Friday 23rd May 2014. The main A2 exams start on Monday 2nd June. Best wishes to all our students who are taking GCSE and A level exams this summer. Continue the work hard until the very end of your last exam. Make sure you use all the resources you have been given and take advantage of all the help available to you here in school.


Information for Parents/Carers of Year 11: Year 11 GCSE exams commence Monday 12th May. Please note the following arrangements which will be in place: 12th May-23rd May    

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Year 11 students will be expected in school at all times during these two weeks. Students will attend morning registration except for where they have a 9.00 exam. Where this is the case, they should go straight to the exam venue, where they will be registered. Students will attend lessons when they do not have exams. Lessons will continue as normal. Where a subject has completed all of its exams during this two week period, students will be expected to complete independent revision for their remaining exams in these lessons. Subject teachers will lead this revision, to ensure that students are focused and actively revising. Morning exams only: students will attend lessons immediately their exam finishes. Afternoon exams only: students who attend afternoon exams will be dismissed from the school site at the end of their exam by the exam invigilators. They will not be expected to return to afternoon lessons.

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Students will be expected to attend for their exams. Students will not be expected to attend lessons except for those subjects where they have yet to sit their final exam. Once a final exam has been sat, lessons in that subject will stop. Students attending lessons will be required to sign in at the office, and sign out once the lesson has finished.

Students must wear full school uniform at all times. Healthy Living Evening – We are offering a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation training course here at school on the 14th of July from 6-8pm. Please see the attached flyer for details. Last day to email your interest is 23rd of May. Dates for your diary Monday 12th May Tuesday 20th May Friday 23rd May Monday 2nd June Friday 13th June

GCSE and A level examinations start BTec Music Concert Year 13 Celebration Day School breaks up for the half term holiday School re-opens for the second half of the summer term ‘A night at the musicals’ – Cantata in concert

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 for this time by contacting my PA, Mrs Tate at 551 921. Parent View – please sign into this via the school website to let us know what you think about the school. Annual Consent Forms: It is a legal requirement that a completed annual consent form for your child is kept in our records. This form, once completed and returned, ensures that your child receives the very best care during various off-site school trips. The form can be found on the school website under FORM DOWNLOADS. If you have not already done so, please print out a copy of the form, complete, sign and return to the School Office. Please keep your contact details up to date by ensuring that the school office has up to date contact details for you, including email addresses and mobile phone 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 participation in any of the following:  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


Raising of the Participation Age As from September 2013 there is a change in the age at which students may leave full-time education. A document explaining the new rules can be found on the school website under LETTERS TO PARENTS/CARERS and WHOLE SCHOOL. Taking a student out of school during term time As from 1st September 2013, there is a change to our policy of taking holidays in term time. In accordance with The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, Allestree Woodlands will no longer authorise any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents or carers who take their children on holiday without permission risk a fixed penalty notice of up to £120 per parent per child. Free School Meals: It is really important for the school to know who all of the Free School Meal (FSM) students are. Whatever information we receive from parents or carers is confidential and students who take free school meals are not identified in any way as all meals are monitored 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 is most comfortable for you. We are really keen that parents take up this entitlement so we would really appreciate a prompt response. Wise Pay – The school’s online payment system We encourage all parents and carers to use our school on-line payment system called ‘Wise Pay’ for payment of trips and other school activities or equipment. 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 Website: A reminder to regularly check the school website for news, reminders and copies of letters sent to parents/carers. Please note: we are in the process of revamping the Woodlands School website; therefore some issues may be encountered until it is complete. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Brady Headteacher


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