Letter to Parents – Expectations

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been a pleasure to welcome back your children for the new year at Castle Manor Academy.

As always, we continue to have very high expectations for behaviour and learning at Castle Manor Academy and I am writing to you to alert you to some small changes to our Expectations for Learning policy. These alterations are designed to further support our students in making the right choices about their behaviour in the classroom and around the school site.

If a student is given a Consequence 3 for disrupting a lesson, they will be expected to return to see the teacher to complete a restorative session. In this session, the teacher and student will work together to resolve the situation, make changes to ensure the behaviour is not repeated, and to complete the work missed in the lesson. This session will take place at break, lunch or after school at the teacher’s convenience. Should there be any problem about completing this session, the teacher will telephone you to discuss and resolve. You will continue to receive a text message to alert you if your child is given a Consequence 3. This process will also be followed should a student receive a Consequence 4 and, in addition, the teacher will phone you to arrange a meeting to discuss.

Persistent disruption will not be tolerated at Castle Manor Academy. For this reason, if a student is given three or more Consequence 3s, Consequence 4s or removals in a rolling week, they will be internally excluded in the Grey Room for one day for persistent disruption.

The hours of the Grey Room are 10.00 until 16.00. Students are expected to stay until 16.00 on the first and any subsequent days of an internal exclusion and we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know when an internal exclusion is taking place. Please ensure that we have your correct contact details so that we can alert you if your child will be staying until 16.00 or if they need to attend at 10.00 in the morning. Students are expected to follow the expectations of the Grey Room consistently: this is called completing a ‘Perfect day’. If, for any reason, the student has not consistently followed the Grey Room expectations and has therefore not completed a ‘Perfect Day’, it will be expected that the whole day will be repeated. Students returning to school following a fixed-term (external) exclusion will also be expected to complete a ‘Perfect Day’ in the Grey Room prior to returning to lessons.

Finally, thank you for your support in upholding our very high standards of uniform, as discussed when I wrote to you in July. I would just like to remind you of our expectations with regard to extreme haristyles: unnatural colours and patterns shaved into hair are not permitted. Can I also please ask that you support us in ensuring that your child is attending school with the correct equipment? They should have with them each day a decent sized school bag, to contain their pencil case with a full range of stationery and their ManorFile.

By making these changes to the way we work, we endeavour to ensure that all students at Castle Manor Academy are able to learn undisrupted at all times. I know we can count on your support in ensuring that all of our students are able to meet our expectations. If you would like to discuss any of the items in this letter in further detail, please do not hesitate to get in touch. My email address is VHorne@castlepartnership.org.uk


Vicky Horne

Assistant Headteacher


You can download a copy of this letter here – 20160912_parent_letter

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