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Letter to parents and carers

29th August 2014

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you and your children have enjoyed the summer break and that they are looking forward to starting the new term next week. Term starts for Year 7 students on Tuesday 2nd September and for all other years on Wednesday 3rd September. Buses will operate as normal from Tuesday. If your child travels from High Brooms, please remember that the bus will no longer leave from Powerdmill Lane and students will need to go to bus stops in High Brooms Road or St. John’s Road instead; details are on the website.

I would like to welcome all new parents of children joining Hugh Christie for the first time this September and hope your child has a happy and successful time with us. I would also like to welcome new staff joining us this term; Ms Acton as Head of Design and Technology, Ms Gibson as a teacher in the English department and Ms Mills as a teacher of Music.

The school is making really good progress in all areas, which was recognised by Ofsted in January 2014 and is reflected by our improved examination results this summer. Changes to the way subjects were assessed has made it a challenging time for all schools and I would like to thank students and staff for the professional way in which these changes have been managed. At Advanced Level, we saw another impressive pass rate with us doubling the percentage of A* grades.  The proportion achieving three A Levels rose by 4% with the vast majority of students securing what they needed to take up University offers or employment opportunities. Year 11 also performed well in their GCSE subjects with the proportion achieving both GCSE English and Maths rising by 7% to achieve our best ever outcome. Many students in Year 10 have already achieved three GCSEs a year early.

As the new year gets underway, we would like all parents and carers to continue to the support the school in a number of ways:

  • Please make sure your child is dressed in the correct uniform and that their appearance is appropriate for a professional work environment. I hope that many boys will be choosing to adopt the new uniform which looks incredibly smart. They are allowed to continue to wear the existing one until it needs replacing but should not mix it with the new uniform. Sixth Form students are also reminded that a new dress code is also in place for them from September; details on the website.
  • We expect that all students bring their ‘five a day’ to school. This includes a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and planner; please check they have these items with them. If they have a netbook, please make sure they have charged it and pack it in their bag. PE kit must also be brought to every PE lesson.
  • Homework timetables have already been published for this term and are available on the website. It is clear from our data that children who are not completing homework are making lower progress than their peers who are. Therefore, please check your child is completing homework to a high standard and contact the class teacher if you have any concerns.
  • Once your child arrives at school in the morning, they are expected to stay on site until the end of the day; please remind your child that they will not be allowed to leave the site once their bus arrives.
  • If you child is bringing a packed lunch, it greatly helps their concentration, learning and behaviour in school if it contains good healthy choices. If you allow your child to purchase food on the way to school, please make sure you make your expectations clear as to what they should be purchasing; asking to see the receipt is a strategy used by some parents to keep an eye on this. Energy drinks are not permitted in school because they have an adverse effect on children’s behaviour and learning and will be confiscated. Water bottles are permitted and encouraged.
  • Please make sure all items of clothing and any valuables are labelled with your child’s name. We will shortly be introducing a locker scheme so students can hire a locker space to keep their belongings in; more details to follow. If your child is bringing a mobile phone to school, they must use it responsibly and switch it off during lessons so it does not distract learning.

Thank you in advance for supporting the school with these issues. The Parent Information Booklet for 2014 contains all the key information about school in one place. It is available online at Once on this page, click the link to the Parent Booklet 2014. If you wish to have a paper copy for reference, please request one from reception.

Our Open Events for 2014 will soon be upon us. These are very important to the school and we will be asking many students to support us during these events. We also appreciate our existing parents and carers recommending us to friends and family.

The dates of the events are:

Experience Day – Saturday 20th September – booking required

Open Mornings –  Tuesday 30th September & Wednesday 15th October  - Periods 1 and 2.

Open Evenings – Thursday 25th September (5pm to 8pm), Tuesday 7th October (6pm until 8pm).

We also have a number of briefing events for existing parents and carers to update you on many of the changes taking place nationally with the curriculum and other areas of the school’s work. We hope to see as many of you as possible at these events; details will follow shortly.

This year sees a number of further developments at the school. One important area is developing responsibility through our Student Leadership programme. All students in years 7 and 8 will be learning about leadership through their advisory lessons. Students in years 8 and 9 will also be given more responsibility within the school to develop their leadership skills and work towards the Hugh Christie Leadership Diploma. Before the summer break, I had the pleasure of interviewing some fantastic Hugh Christie students in years 10 and 11 who put themselves forward for a role as a Student Leader. They have now been appointed and will be taking up responsibilities across the school shortly.

Between Monday 19th January and Friday 30th January, normal lessons will be suspended. Students in Year 10 will take part in work experience and students in years 11, 12 and 13 will be sitting mock examinations in preparation for the summer. Students in years 7, 8 and 9 will be taking part in a different programme including some normal lessons and some other important curriculum experiences. Details will follow later in this term.

As further exciting developments take place, we will publish these on the website and through the monthly Hugh Christie News.  I am looking forward to another successful year at Hugh Christie.

Yours sincerely

Jon Barker                                         

Executive Principal                            

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