Welcome to a short weekly update to mark the end of our first week back.
A year by year approach seems appropriate this week given we have a number of different priorities with each year group
Work is progressing well with the collection of evidence for Teacher Assessed Grades. We will have a secure process in place to make sure that accurate grades are awarded this year. Pupils will need to confirm that every piece is their own in each subject and also complete an overview declaration sheet.
If exam access arrangements are needed or there are other exceptional circumstances that we should be aware of that may have affected your child’s performance, please let us know.
Thank you for not asking us about the grades. We are not able to release them until Results Day, a letter about which will be coming out soon.
I am really pleased that we are able to plan for the Summer Ball provisionally. We are very fortunate to have use of the Pavillions and we need to make sure that we make another great impression as ever this year. I would caution against very expensive dresses, suits, cars etc… in the spirit of being sensible regarding Covid at the moment, but I am looking forward to seeing you there!
If your child is going to Weymouth College next year and would like an informal tour, they simply need to email me directly and I will facilitate this with the college. Pupils have done very well in terms of planning their destinations.
Year 10 have made a great start back this week and are really taking the message that it will not be long before they are the senior year in school to heart.
It has been positive to see a number indicate interest in an optional work experience week. Those not taking part will be taking part in a really positive week of careers education and personal development work that I think will be a really great end to the year.
I spoke with Year 10 yesterday about their upcoming summer exams and the need for them to be well prepared. We will think carefully about the content of the papers to make sure that pupils are tested on what they have covered since I am mindful that it will take some time to recover from the lockdowns.
Thanks to all Year 9 pupils and parents for returning the options forms. Mr Oxborrow and Mr Osborn will be reviewing these and one to one interviews will soon start so that we can be sure pupils have opted for the right courses.
At the moment, it looks like Languages uptake is slightly lower than we would have hoped for so we will be contacting some pupils and parents to explore the idea of pupils taking the full EBACC. Our languages department have some creative ideas for delivery next year so please do be open to this as a possible route!
Year 9 have also welcomed Mr Kinsey in a very positive way. Please thank them for this.
Whilst on the subject of options, there will be a letter to follow within the next week or so to Year 8 parents and pupils about the Year 8 Guided Choices process. This will determine the creative and technology options that pupils study in Year 9. We keep the curriculum as broad as possible for as long as possible at All Saints so in Year 9, all pupils will study English, Maths, Science, History and Geography, RE, PE, Learning for Life, Languages (unless invited to study Literacy or Numeracy catch up) and then a creative and technology rotation. This has worked well with Year 9 pupils this year and means further input can be given in Year 9 to making final GCSE choices.
Pupils will be able to choose from Music, Drama, Art or Media in the Creatives Block and Design Technology, Engineering, Food or CADCAM in the Technology Block. Pupils swap half way through the year so that they study two from each block.
Mr Oxborrow will be running an assembly for pupils very soon about this!
I have been amazed at how quickly Year 7 pupils are growing and maturing! They are already significantly taller than they were pre-lockdown and I always think that they are the year group where the changes to young adult suddenly happen very quickly!
They have done fantastically well at getting round the building this week and continue to work really positively under Miss Bligh’s leadership.
Other brief summary points this week:
– If you child brings a ball into school, please make sure they have a drawstring bag to keep it in. Some are being bounced around in the car park on the way to and from school which is not safe
– Please remember that pupils are representing the school on the journey to and from school. If they are in uniform, they are representing All Saints and as such need to remember good manners and polite conduct when using local facilities (e.g. Wyke Gardens / Hillbourne Park)
– Next week, we will have a monitoring visit from the Diocese of Salisbury to help us review our school improvement work. If you feel that we are doing a good job, please do contact me directly by email – parental testimony is always helpful at times such as theses! Equally, if you have a matter that you need me to address, please let me know and I will do so rapidly.
– It is a common pattern across the country to see a rise in mental health concerns for young people who have been affected by lockdown. If your child is struggling, please contact us. Mental health can manifest itself in a number of ways including anxiety, depression and self-harm. We will be sending out a letter to parents and carers about mental health as part of our ongoing safeguarding thematics series shortly.
– Other letters covering a number of matters have been sent this week including Operation Encompass and Year 10 Parent Consultation Evening. Please do check our website for full details
Finally, have a great weekend. The holiday seems like a long time ago after a busy first week but I hope that your child has enjoyed it and that you are able to enjoy some quality time this weekend.
With every blessing!