Issue 992: 13th January 2023


Uniform Checks

Whilst the vast majority of our pupils look very smart in their school uniform, we have recently noticed a new “trend” whereby a number of girls are wearing fluffy pastel coloured socks over their tights.  This is clearly in direct contravention of our Uniform Policy which states that pupils and students must wear “black ankle socks or black/flesh coloured tights – leggings, white socks and/or knee length sock are not allowed”.


I would also like to take the opportunity to remind you that skirts must not be rolled up at the waist and should be worn at knee length.  In terms of jewellery, rings are not permitted and only stud earrings are allowed.


In order to maintain the high standard of uniform we expect, next week we will be undertaking uniform checks.  Please can I ask you to take the time to review our Uniform Policy and discuss the requirements with your child(ren).  Thank you for your support with this.

Key Dates

I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the following upcoming events:


Thursday 26th January  Year 11 Parents’ Evening – in person
Thursday 2nd February  Year 7 Parents’ Evening
w/c 6th February Year 12 Aspirations Week
20th & 21st February Year 9 DTPM Vaccinations
23rd February  Year 9 Options Evening


I will write with more detail about each event nearer the time, but for now, please do make a note in your diary!

Free School Meals

As you may be aware, parents on low incomes, and receiving certain benefits, are entitled to claim Free School Meals for their child(ren). Full details, and an application form are available online at Alternatively, if you think you may be eligible, but want to find out more, please do ring Pupil Services at the school, and they will be happy to advise you and help with an application. If your claim is successful, a set amount will be credited to your child’s account in our cashless catering system, which ensures anonymity. It is well worth having – even if your child only uses it to buy a drink/snack to supplement a packed lunch!

Parent/Carer Contact Details

Please can I remind parents and carers that if your contact details change in any way, please do notify us as soon as possible, via  It is vital that the information we hold is up-to-date, so that we can ensure effective communication with you and, of course, contact you in an emergency.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Contacting Us

We place great value on the home/school relationship and work hard to ensure that families are informed and supported.  In order to help us to manage school life, and deal with your questions and queries as quickly and efficiently as possible, please can I remind you of the telephone numbers and emails to use when contacting us:


For all pupil-related matters please contact our Pupils Services Team on:



To report a pupil absence, please contact our Attendance Team on:

Telephone: 01268 780293



For IT support, including login details for Go4Schools, Show My Homework (Satchel:One) etc please contact our IT Team on


To speak to our Reception Team please call 01268 784721, and for all general enquires, please contact us on


And Finally…

Have a good weekend


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