Letter from Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that half term week has been a good break for you and your children, they have worked very hard in the first half term of the year and I look forward to welcoming them back today fresh and ready to focus.

We have a busy term coming up. A reminder that our Academic Tutoring Day is on Wednesday 9th November. You have been sent letters and instructions with how to book your appointments online, but please do contact your child’s tutor if you have any queries. These days allow us to discuss your child’s academic progress overall, looking at targets and actions to move forward. However this does not replace talking to individual subject teachers and you are more than welcome to contact your child’s subject teachers at any point to discuss progress and how you can support at home. The most efficient way tends to be via email, but please do telephone the school and leave a message for a teacher to telephone you if this is a better method for you.

The clocks have gone back over the holidays and the nights will be drawing in very soon. Please talk to your child about walking home safely and choosing appropriate routes that are well lit, especially if they stay at after school clubs. A reminder also about our expectations regarding appropriate outdoor wear, please ensure your child has a suitable coat, preferably waterproof. Hoodies, jumpers, sweatshirts and tracksuit tops, or anything that is not designed as a coat is not appropriate for wearing at school.

We are looking forward to our Year 7 Matilda Trip this week on Wednesday, with some older Drama students also joining them. A fantastic show and a real stimulus for the practical work that Year 7 are studying based on Roald Dahl this term. They will be presenting a showcase of their work on the evening on Tuesday 13th December, more details to follow but please do save the date!

Year 11 will be issued with their mock exam timetable this week. These exams come round very quickly and teachers will be working with students to assist them in their revision and preparation. The demands of exams are high and this year’s students face the new style GCSE exams in Maths and English. Lots of the exams rely on the recall and memorising of key knowledge and it is important that your child is completing all home learning, much of which will be designed to memorise and practise this knowledge.

We hosted a fantastic cross country event with 274 runners across many of our local primary schools and 54 runners from Castle Manor just before half term. It was fantastic to see older students working with younger ones and such high energy as the competitors took part in the race. Congratulations to all who took part.

As always, please do contact me if you would like to discuss anything at all regarding school life. My email address is VWhitcombe@castlepartnership.org.uk or you can book an appointment via my PA, Gill Mitchell, on GMitchell@castlepartnership.org.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe


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