This has been an incredibly busy term for both staff and students. As Heads of Learning Community, we have been in the privileged position of seeing the huge amounts of effort and commitment which students have put into activities both in and out of the classroom. As we approach a well-earned break, we would like to take this opportunity to write about some of the initiatives which the school will be introducing in the new year to support the students and to remind them of how they can help themselves to succeed.
Next term we will be taking High Aspiration as our theme. We will make this a focus both for academic mentoring and lessons because we want all students to work towards the highest level in all aspects of their school life.
We will be able to support you, the parents, in a number of ways. Firstly, the school will be introducing an online homework system so that you can check what homework has been set for your child. We are also reviewing our reports and reviews so that they provide more information about your child’s progress in their work. We will inform you of these changes early in 2014.
We also recognise that basic standards are very much part of the High Aspiration theme. Our behaviour monitoring system shows that too many students are not learning well because of simple things such as not having the correct equipment for their lessons. As a minimum, students should have their school books with them and a pen, pencil and ruler for every day they are at school.
The way in which students wear their uniform is also a reflection of the standards they set for themselves. We are proud of our uniform at Wood Green School and thank those students who wear it appropriately.
We would like to remind you that boots, leggings or jeggings are not permitted as part of the school uniform. Also, students should wear zip up coats to school rather than non-school uniform hoodies, sweatshirts or jumpers and students who wear non-school uniform sweatshirts or jumpers can expect to have them confiscated.
Students are not permitted to wear jewellery to school. They may wear one ear stud per ear. No other piercings are permitted. Clarification of our uniform expectations can be found on the school website.
As well as the chance to take stock of the last term’s learning and regain some energy, the next two weeks provides an excellent opportunity for your children to get themselves prepared for next term.
We hope the information above will help you to help them in that task. We look forward to seeing them all in January, ready for a term of high achievement with the right attitude and equipment.
Finally, on behalf of the staff at the school we would like to wish you all a very happy and restful festive season,
Mr M Bonsell Mrs J Willett Mr S Hart Mr S Roberts