Year 7 Welcome Evening 2014 - Frances Bardsley School for Girls

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Year 7 Welcome Evening
 The
new blouses look great
 Year 7 and 8 have new toilets
 We have created a more open area at the
front of the school for Years 7 and 8
 We have a new Sixth Form Centre
 Year 7 students have written some really
positive letters to me about the school and
what they like as well as some suggestions
for changes
 Our
exam results this year were extremely
pleasing
 65% of students gained 5A*-C with English
and Maths: the national average is about
53%.
 23% of our grades at GCSE were either A or A*
 At A level 37% of grades were A*, A or B
 We have our biggest Year 13 ever
A
new bigger library
 Extending the Farm
 A new LIFE Centre at the front of the school
to house SEN, EAL, Counselling and support
services
 An even greater focus on progress for all
students
 The
Parent Staff Association
 The Student Support Fund
 PiP meetings
 Consultations
Aim: “To further the education of all students
attending the academy”
 Parent writes to the school
 Member of staff and Headteacher support the
application
 Used to subsidise trips and for purchase of
equipment for students
 The postcard enables a member of the Finance
team to contact you
 The Gift Aid form means all contributions to the
Fund will attract 25p back from the Govt for
every £1 you give
 The Standing Order Mandate is to choose to give
an amount a month whilst your daughter is here

 Parents
in Partnership meetings
 In 2013/14 we had meetings to consider:
 Curriculum including increasing contact time
in Years 7 and 8
 Building Plans
 Trips and Visits programme
 Extra-curricular programme
 parentmail
– if you haven’t signed up yet,
please do
 apologies for any teething problems
 parentpay – not optional, the only method of
paying for anything in school
 but several methods of payment options, this
includes a large variety of paypoints, please
contact Christine Gentle at the finance office
for details
 School
blazer
 Pleated school skirt
 Lilac check school blouse
 Bottle green V necked jumper – no other
jumpers allowed!
 Black opaque tights
 Plain black flat shoes
 plain green or black thin hair band, no
bandanas, flowers etc.
 No badges – apart from any school badges
and one charity badge allowed
A
plain black coat – no logo/fur is okay
 Plain black hat, scarf and gloves
 If the weather is extremely wet/snowy the
girls may wear wellies/boots to school but
must bring school shoes and change into
them before registration, storing the boots in
their lockers
 Second
hand PE kit can be bought directly
from PE department for £2 an item
 Please label all items of school uniform
 No
make-up
 No jewellery apart from a wristwatch
 No fake tan
 No acrylic nails and nail varnish
 No coloured hair or shaved hairstyles – no dip
dyes – girls will be in inclusion or sent home!
 Any
items not allowed to be worn will be
confiscated.
 Mobile
phones are never allowed to be used on
school premises unless special permission by a
member of staff has been given
 Reminders of rule/consequences are displayed
throughout the school, in classrooms and
corridors, and pupils are aware of this rule
 If a student is seen using her mobile – confiscate!
 1st time – pupil can get it back at the end of the
day
 2nd time – parent needs to collect from school
office
 Serious consequence if student refuses to hand
over mobile phone – 1 day inclusion
to monitor behaviour in and around the school in
terms of noise levels, uniform standards etc.
 must be on pupil at all times, ideally in zipped
inside pocket – please don’t wash it!

1st failed card: Form tutor detention 15 minutes
 2nd failed card: Progress Manager detention 45
minutes
 3rd failed card: SLT detention 1 hour - phone call
home
 4th failed card: inclusion 1 day - phone call home
and post-inclusion meeting
 5th failed card: Meeting with parents/Progress
Manager and member of SLT to put in place a
Behaviour Improvement Plan

 sticker
will be issued as reminder/to inform
you
 blue stickers – subject detention or form
tutor detention (at the discretion of subject
teacher or form tutor)
 yellow stickers – departmental detention or
progress manager detentions (30 – 45
minutes)
 red stickers – SLT detention on a Friday for
one hour after school
 inclusion
 for
any late mark in the mornings, detention
set on the day of the late mark received
 15 minutes detentions for any late marks
 if ‘no show’ time will be doubled
 rush hour cannot be an excuse (only in
exceptional circumstances, e.g. large amount
of girls and staff late due to exceptional traffic
incident)
 letters home and punctuality reports
Remind girls to try and write down:
 Route number of the bus
 Direction of travel/destination of the bus
 Any other identification number, such as vehicle
registration, running number etc.
 Any descriptive information about the driver, such as
gender, age, build, ethnicity
 Address your complaint or enquiry to Transport for
London ‘Buses customer services’
 Talk to your daughters about appropriate behaviour
on buses and especially being courteous to members
of the public

 please
talk to girls about road safety again –
concerns raised by various staff about their
unawareness of cars when entering school
 darker evenings – add some sort of reflective
lightening strips to their bags/coats
 please remind of ‘stranger danger’ – don’t
accept lifts of strangers/report any unusual
activity to police/school
Achievement points collected by girls
 Certificates and postcards sent out
 Awards assemblies held once per term celebrating
good attendance and punctuality, achievement points
 Notice Board near examinations office: weekly updates
on form with highest amount of achievement points,
lowest amount of behaviour points
 Notice board near student services: highest attendance
in each year group, lowest number of lates as well as
list of individuals
 House points will be awarded – rewards to houses
 Celebration evenings: 100% attendance; Excellence in
subjects

For Year 7s on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays after school
 Year 7s can also access the regular homework
club on a Tuesday and Thursday after school
 If your daughter does not have access to a
computer and/or printer at home a good place
to complete any homework that needs to be
done online/printed out
 Other clubs and activities: your daughter will
have been informed by FT
 Notices on form boards
 School newsletter – homepage – information newsletter

 Now
is the time when friendships change
constantly
 often painful for girls when friendships ‘break
up’
 if you are concerned, please get in touch
 some issues we have to let them try and
resolve themselves
 we will interfere immediately if things get
nasty
 please try and monitor their Internet
activities, facebook, BBM, instagram, twitter
etc.
 Your
daughter’s form tutor – first port of call
 The Deputy Progress Manager Miss O’Neill or
Progress Manager Miss Geilen
 Deputy Head - Mrs Sidhu
 Head teacher – Mr Dutnall
set on the basis of their NFER results
 girls given a score for verbal (English), non-verbal
(Maths) and quantative (Science) ability
 score will be converted into a ‘stanine’ number
from 9 (most able) to 1 (least able)
 sets will be determined by the pupils’ ‘stanine’
number
 Academic Board will meet regularly throughout the
year to discuss teachers’ feedback, parental
concerns, assessment data to ensure pupils in
correct set
 Maths, English and Science in same set until end of
year 7
 Progress Manager will track progress throughout
the year

 Academic
Board met before half term and
discussed settling in report and any concerns
parents have raised about their daughter’s
set
 no teacher reported that they felt particular
girls were currently misplaced within their
subject
 next academic board meeting will be after
the first ‘proper’ report, when girls have
been given levels and can be looked at in
terms of progress towards their KS3 target
grades
 subjects
taught in streamed sets: English,
Maths, Science, MFL, RS, IT, PE
 subjects taught in form groups, i.e. mixed
ability sets: history, geography, music, art,
drama, food, textiles, PSHE
Year 7 sets
F1 and B1 – set 1
F2, F3, F4 and B2, B3 – set 2
B4 – set 3 – slightly smaller to give additional
support
 Whole
year group involved
 If you experience problems paying please
contact Mrs Gentle between 11am and 3pm
in finance office
 2nd payment of £10 due on 28th November
 Please sign and return the form that was
attached to the letter, pick up a spare copy
if you haven’t already signed this
 Fantastic day out for all girls, and brilliant
for building confidence
 Lots
of positive comments and praise for girls
 Good manners – very polite, holding open
doors
 Lovely year group
 A credit to you!
 Any
general questions?
 Any problems specific to your daughter
please make an appointment with her form
tutor, Miss O’Neill or Miss Geilen

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