Prospective Parents/Carers: Following our Open Evenings, “Frequently Asked Questions” have been posted and can be accessed here or from the ‘Transition Team’ link on the navigation bar above. Please contact the school if you have any questions or queries. Our Transition Team will be visiting parents’ evenings for Years 5,6,7 and 8 throughout this academic year.
Like many Headteachers, I have been following, with some anxiety, the news of the three missing London teenagers, now believed to be heading for Syria. I was particularly surprised to hear one commentator remark that, as well-behaved and intelligent girls, their willingness to comply put them at risk.
This is clearly a difficult and sensitive area and schools, along with parents/carers, community leaders, government departments and numerous others all have a part to play in ensuring that young people remain safe.
As a school, we certainly expect students to behave well and compliance with rules and routines is essential, as it is in any democratic society. However, encouraging students to question and debate is also a vital part of what we do on a daily basis. Students are actively encouraged to explore different viewpoints and not simply to accept what they hear or what they read without thought or challenge. The school’s values: rights, responsibilities and respect, ensure that even the most controversial of issues and ideas can be discussed in a safe and secure environment. I have no doubt that students will be following this particular news story, whether through tutor time or Philosophy lessons.
The unfolding events of last week formed a complete contrast to our own final week prior to half-term. We welcomed a second group of Year 5 pupils into school, this time from Cedars Park for an afternoon of French. A good time was clearly had by all and pupils left the building with croissants and pain au chocolat. Courtesy of the origami club, there was also a light-hearted, but very pleasant end to the final day as numerous paper hearts adorned the doors of the school. All students were encouraged to “take a heart and pass it on” as they left for their holiday!
Although the school was closed to students over the break, various contractors have been on site and we return to an updated and rejuvenated wireless system! This work, coupled with the planned improvements to broadband provision will transform the capacity and speed of the ICT network.
If the decision is made to close the school for the whole day because of adverse weather conditions notification will appear here on the school’s website home page. In addition, we intend to send an email informing parents of closure to those who have signed up to ParentMail and provided an email address.
In the event of any difficulty information will also be displayed at http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk. BBC Radio Suffolk will also be notified, 95.5, 95.9, 103.9 or 104.6 FM (www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk), but there is inevitably a time-lag between a decision being taken and broadcast, or information being displayed on their websites.
Any decision to close the school is based on the following factors: safety of the school site, transport arrangements, ability to staff the school adequately, weather forecast for the day.
Please find our December Newsletter here: Newsletter December 2014