I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new parents/carers to Alderman White School, I trust your child is settling in well. I am pleased to say that we have had a smooth start to the year, with students all looking fantastic and behaving in a mature and self-regulated manner. I would like to make you aware of some of the events that we will be running this year and remind you of day-to-day housekeeping pointers.
All Year 7 data information, including email addresses have been inputted into the system. Many communications are sent electronically, including our weekly newsletter, data updates for your child, letters from staff, etc. If you have not added your email address to the contact form, please send a letter confirming your email address and sign to say you would like communication via this method.
Many of you will have used Go4Schools last year. This is the database which holds live attendance and progress information for your child. Please see the handy Online Parent Access booklet within this pack that explains how to log on and use this system. Year 7 pages will be live in one week.
GCSE/KS3 Assessment and Go4Schools Information Evening
We have a GCSE/KS3 Assessment and Go4Schools Parent Information Evening taking place on 21st September at 6.30pm in the main school hall. Mr Hyland will lead this event by talking through the recent national and school changes to assessment, including the move to number grading at GCSE and give information on accessing and using Go4Schools as a parent. It is an informal event in which you will be able to ask questions related to assessment and examinations. It would suit both new KS3 (Years 7-9) and parents whose children are beginning their GCSEs and will be getting numbers as grade predictions (9-1), rather than letters (A*-G).
Groupings and Aspirational Target Setting
In addition, we set aspirational targets based on prior attainment. Information about how aspirational targets are set and the high expectations we have of all our students can be found in the grid below. This fits in with our aim to develop a secure understanding of the key ideas needed for successful performance in KS4.
New Members of Staff and Key Staff Contact:
We are pleased to welcome our new members of staff:
- Mr Sainsbury will be taking Mr Stewart’s classes this term
- Mr Rodrigo has left but Mr Palmer has joined us
- Mr Mistry has joined us in Science
- Ms Plimmer has changed her name to Ms Andrews
- Mrs Kidd is now Mrs Shiers
- Mrs Floate will oversee KS4 (Year 10 and 11) on the school phone number or
- Mrs Holling will oversee KS3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) on the school phone number or
- Mr Hyland can be contact for setting/data questions on the school phone number or
- Mr Stephan can be contacted for questions linked to extra-curricular events/trips/shows/Language College
Trip to China
We have an exciting term ahead, with a group of sixth formers travelling to China, with the Confucius Institute over half term. In addition, Mr Heery and I will be travelling to Shanghai on the 14th of October for one week with AccessChinaUk. We will be setting up an exchange programme and we already know that a group of young people will join us next July, with the chance for a group of our students to travel to China in the 2018/19 academic year. The first task will be for our students to write penpal letters, so Mr Heery and I can deliver them to the schools we visit. We will give more information in assemblies over the coming weeks. During the trip, we plan to engage with whole year groups in a video conference from Shanghai. Please look out for more information in the newsletter and on social media.
All students are looking smart and are wearing their shirt, blazer and tie to the required expectations. A reminder that we made the decision to move to black coats for winter one year ago, please ensure this is adhered to. Also, I would like to remind you that girls’ skirts should be knee length. A small number of girls are wearing skirts that are a few inches above the knee. Please ensure that your child is not turning their skirt up at the waist and that they are of the correct length – this will ensure members of staff do not have to address this in school. Finally, trousers should not be tight fitting. Please contact Mrs Holling (KS3), or Mrs Floate (KS4) if you have any concerns about uniform.
Dates for your diary
Thank you, once again, for organising your children to come to school smart and ready to learn. We have had a great start to the year, with students that are self-motivated and engaged. I look forward to working with you over the coming weeks and months.