Letter from Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                     27th February 2017

The days are starting to get a little longer and we can feel spring in the air. It was lovely to see our Horticulture students out preparing the ground for planting their potatoes last week, and they weren’t even put off by the blustery winds – impressive resilience from our students!

Thank you for your efforts over half term to ensure uniform is appropriate and compliant with expectations. Our students generally look professional in their dress, and are arriving on time with the equipment they need to learn. Our work on keeping expectations high in these areas is continuous, and we are grateful for your support. This also spreads to work around attendance. Making sure your child comes to school every day and is only off school if they are genuinely unable to come in due to illness is vital. Our attendance officers spend lots of time chasing to check that students are safe if they are not in school because not all parents contact us with information. Please can you make sure you are contacting us every day that your child is off, either by telephoning the school, emailing, or responding to absence texts.

This week we are looking forward to celebrating World Book Day in school. Miss Neal, our Library Manager has prepared a week of book related events, including a ‘Mystery Book’. Do look at the Castle Manor Library twitter feed for more information and clues. The twitter account is @castlemanorplc. We are also undertaking a ‘Drop Everything and Read’ event on World Book Day itself (2nd March) where 3 times throughout the day students will respond to a bell being rung, and will engage in reading. An opportunity for staff and students to all enjoy reading together.

Some of our Year 10 students last week took part in a ‘Maths Feast’ at Linton Village College, where they competed with students from schools across Cambridge. They did exceptionally well, and received commendation for their excellent team work, I am very proud of them. We have also had lots of Sporting events this week, with our students participating in a wide range of different sports, including fixtures in handball, volleyball and basketball.

Thank you to parents of Year 11 who attended our Maths, English and Science evening on Thursday last week. Students are very impressive in their approaches to learning, revision, and of course the upcoming exams. Working together with parents to make this time as smooth as possible is vital.

We have received our draft OFSTED report following our inspection in January. I am hoping to be able to share the final version of the report with you all before the end of the week.

As always, please contact me on VWhitcombe@castlemanor.org.uk or my PA, Mrs Mitchell on GMitchell@castlemanor.org.uk with any concerns or queries.

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe



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