Letter from Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,                 30th October 2017

I hope that the half term break went well for you all and we are pleased to be back at school for the second half of the Autumn term. The Autumn term is often the one where absences due to illnesses are highest. Please can I remind you to stay in touch with our attendance team if your child is absent. Our whole school target for attendance is 96% this year and we have been so impressed with lots of improvement on attendance over the past year. Genuine illness can’t be helped, but we do expect children to attend school every day unless they are genuinely ill. Being at school every day of course helps to support learning and progress so that children can flourish academically and get any additional support they need. I am really proud of one of our students who had her hair cut to donate to the Little Princess Trust. Alexia Bryant braved a hair cut just before half term and was able to donate 4 ponytails worth of hair to create wigs for children who have lost hair due to illness. She is also collecting donations for the cause on her just giving page if anyone would like to donate. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alexia-bryant Keeping in touch with Parents and Carers is really important to us and I hope that the fridge magnets given out at Kickstart evenings at the beginning of term have been helpful. We also use twitter regularly to update about the day to day events in school. The main school twitter is @castlemanor, PE is @castlemanorPE, our Library is @castlemanorPLC, SEN is @CMASENhub, English @CMAEnglish, Science @CMAScienceteam and Catering is @CMACatering. If you are on twitter is it worth a follow! I look forward to seeing you for our first academic tutoring day of the year on Tuesday 31st October. As always if you would like to get in touch with me please do email on VWhitcombe@castlemanor.org.uk or contact my PA, Gill Mitchell on GMitchell@castlemanor.org.uk for an appointment to meet.

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe



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