|December 2016 Newsletter|
Dear Parents/ Carers
The autumn term is always the longest and demands great energy from us all as students get used to new teachers, systems and more challenging courses and staff get to know new students. I hope that you and your families find time to relax during the Christmas festivities to recharge your batteries ready for the spring term which, for students, begins on Wednesday 4th January.
Many Year 2 students will be taking practice examinations in their classes to help them prepare for their final external examinations. For A level students these will take place over 2 weeks beginning 23rd January and for Year 2 IB students, these will be January 9th-13th
In Core Studies over the next half term the focus will be on helping students decide ‘what next?’
A Few Reminders:
Students or parents are expected to inform the College if they are unable to attend on the first day of absence and on any subsequent day of absence. The College should be contacted by 10am. Notifications received after this time will not be registered and absences will remain unauthorised.
The College can be contacted in the following ways:
Contacts for absence (this can be done by students or parent/carers)
Tel: 01273 546645 (telephone calls only - texts to this number are not recognised)
Parents/Carers are informed by email of absences, whether or not we have been notified of the absence.
In addition to real time attendance, our Parent Portal provides access to the report card and a day by day account of what is happening in the student’s academic life through ‘Collective’. You can register using your unique login through our website or request help from the IT team from the same page.
Over 90% of parents and carers now receive communications from us by email and we would prefer to use email for all our communications: it is more reliable, faster, cheaper and greener; if you are still receiving this as a hard copy and would like us to use email please respond to: Elaine Thompson email@example.com
Dates for Your Diary
I have attached (click here) an updated list of important dates for the year, including term dates.
It is essential that all students attend fully, maintaining our 95% target in order to be able to progress to Year 2 in September. Please do not book holidays during term time.
Parent Governor Elections
Following the recent Parent Governor election process, we are delighted to announce that Jane Farrell and Robert Bridges have been elected as Parent governors for a two year term of office.
On behalf of the College I should like to wish you all a happy festive season and a peaceful new year..
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