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Allestree Woodlands School School news for Friday 10th January 2014 Dear Parents and Carers, Students, Governors and members of Staff, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome back! I trust you all had a great Christmas and I hope that 2014 is a really successful year for you personally and for us as a whole school community. We had a great end of term with various Christmas activities and particularly enjoyed raising funds for Cancer Research through our annual Sixth Form Fancy Dress Charity day. Staff changes At the end of last term we said farewell to the following members of staff:  Mrs S Lewis, Head of English  Mrs R Sharples, teacher of German, Spanish and French  Miss L Champion, Cover Supervisor  Mr E Stewart, IT Technician  Miss C Worsley, teacher of Drama At the start of this term we welcome the following new members of staff:  Mrs A Dinmore, teacher of English  Mrs E Iveson, teacher of Drama  Mr R Clynyck, teacher of Modern Foreign Languages The following members of staff assumed new responsibilities at the start of term:  Mr N Lynn, Acting Head of English  Miss R Boardman, Acting Deputy Head of English  Mrs K Burridge, Acting Assistant Head of English ‘Education Extra’ – our termly magazine celebrating the rich life of the school was published on the last day of term. Many students took home a copy and it is also posted on the school website. If you would like a copy then please ask for one at reception. Year 12 and 13 Exams – have been running all week and continue until Friday, 17th of January. We wish all our Sixth Form students every success in these important tests. Year 8 Parents Evening – Thursday, 16th of January in the Theatre from 4-7pm. Please make sure your children make appointments with all their teachers. Year 9 GCSE Options Information Evening – Thursday, 23rd January in the Theatre from 6-8pm. More details will be available soon. Year 8 Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) – will take place during the week beginning Monday, 27th January. Sixth Form Interviews – will take place on Thursday, 30th January and Tuesday 4th February from 4.15pm in the Sixth Form Centre. Students will be notified individually in due course.


PFTA Meeting – The first PFTA meeting of the new year will be held on Tuesday, 21st of January at 7pm here in the school conference room. We invite all parents/carers/friends of the school to come along and help plan events for the 2014 school year. If you are a new parent to the school, this meeting would be particularly helpful for you to know what kind of events regularly happen in school for your child, as well as ways you can be involved. It’s a fun way to support your child’s education and make new friends in the process! Trespass on the school site: some students have been coming back into school for no reason after school and after dark. They have been indulging in anti-social behaviour and have been abusive to the site staff. Please note that this behaviour is totally unacceptable will result in sanctions from the school. We will also inform the police. School uniform reminder – Thank you for your support with ensuring your children wear the required school uniform. Please note that only a ‘Plain black fine gauge ‘V’ necked waist length pullover or cardigan’ can be worn under the school blazer. Hoodies should not be worn and jewellery should only be one simple pair of ear studs, a simple necklace (worn under shirt) and a simple single ring. Failure to comply with our school uniform may result in a student being sent home to change. 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. Dates for your diary Monday, 13th January Thursday, 16th January Tuesday 21st January Thursday, 23rd January Monday, 27th January Thursday, 30th January

Continuation of Year 12 and 13 examinations Year 8 Parents Evening in the Theatre, 4.15-7.00pm PFTA Meeting 7pm Year 9 Options Information Evening in the Theatre Year 8 Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) this week. Sixth Form Interviews in the Sixth Form Centre start.

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 personal assistant 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 Please can you ensure 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, http://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 ‘’Raising the Participation Age’’ explaining the new rules can be found on the school website under INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS tab and clicking on WHOLE SCHOOL.


Taking a student out of school during term time st As from 1 September 2013, there is a change to our policy regarding the taking of 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/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 In the same way that we wish to move to paperless communications we are making similar moves to have a cashless environment in the school. 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 School website Please go to the school’s website at www.woodlands.derby.sch.uk for information about the school, or you can follow us on Twitter (@woodlands_derby) for daily updates. Yours sincerely,

Alan Brady Headteacher


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