Letter from Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is my final letter for this half term and what a half term it has been! I have so enjoyed getting to know our new Year 7 students and they have well and truly settled in to school now.

Last week many students came to support our annual school Open Evening. It was a truly fantastic event and our students were absolutely amazing. They spoke so confidently in presentations, guided parents along with potential new students around the school beautifully and took part in many different activities with subject teams. The energy and atmosphere around school was the best I have ever seen and our students plus staff certainly made me feel very PROUD.

As we reflect on this first half term we think about how we have begun to embed our work on behaviour for learning together with home learning, students focusing well in lessons and enjoying what they are learning. I am keen to make sure that they are stretched and challenged, that learning is the very best it can be and we continue to work relentlessly on high expectations for all of our students.

We have seen lots of sports teams off at fixtures in the past few weeks – congratulations to all those who have been selected to be in sports teams. Results can be seen on the Castle Manor Twitter site @CastleManorPE. Twitter is a great way to keep up to date with school activities, do follow us and seek out some of our subject team twitter addresses too. Our main school twitter is @CastleManor and you can see a list of Castle Manor accounts via this link.

As the weather has started to feel much more autumnal, please can you encourage your child to wear a suitable outdoor coat to school, that provides warmth and is waterproof. Walking between our two sites can sometimes be very wet and a small umbrella kept in school bags is a good idea! Tracksuit tops, hoodies or jersey tops/sweatshirts are not suitable school coats and are not permitted.

Our parental survey on Survey Monkey is still open. We have only had around 20 responses. Please can you take the time to give us some feedback on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5BPY9CM. We will contact any parents who request parents contact on the survey this week, but if you need to speak with us at any point please do email my PA, Mrs Mitchell, on GMitchell@castlepartnership.org.uk

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe

Headteacher

You can download this letter here – 20161017_ht_letter

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