Spring Term Round-Up

Dear Parent / Carer

As we are now comfortably into 2017, we would like to thank you for your on-going support and share with you some good news.  Our data shows clearly that behaviour has improved across the entire school in all year groups.  We are really pleased with how the students are showing improved behaviour for learning.  We are working with our Student Leadership Team who have prioritised praise and achievement rewards as a target for the coming months and we are also working on a students’ bulletin, similar to the fortnightly bulletin which is available on our website or posted to those parents who have requested it.

Prefects

Our Prefect Team have been tremendous.  As well as leading in some assemblies, they are ambassadors for the school and have their own duty rota.  In the next few weeks we will be receiving Prefect applications from our Year 10.  If your child is in Year 10, please encourage them to apply.  This is a fantastic opportunity for them to develop leadership skills and support the community and it is, of course, something to add to their College applications and CVs. 

C3 Detentions

We have reviewed our Behaviour Policy and would like to clarify some expectations and explain the C3 detention system.

Currently, all C3 detentions will be taking place from 3pm-4pm in the Main Hall.  We have combined behaviour and homework detentions as we consider not completing homework a behavioural concern.  Two members of staff will be present during that time and a student will be required to complete a reflection about their actions that have led to the detention.  Students are expected to attend in full uniform and behave in the appropriate manner during that time and we appreciate your support with enforcing this.  We would also like to draw to your attention that the time for the Inclusion Room is from 8.15am until 4pm. 

Uniform

We sent a letter on the 12th December 2016 clarifying the school’s position with regard to uniform.  We would like to reiterate that although most of our students are very smart in their uniform, some students are still coming to school inappropriately dressed.   A reminder about trousers; these should be smart, formal cut without logos and black jeans are absolutely not permitted.  Sweatshirts and hoodies should not be worn in any circumstances.  Rings, bracelets and piercings are not allowed.  Footwear should be all black shoes that are able to be polished (not canvas), preferably without logo or logo should be in black.  We appreciate that you may like your child to use a mobile phone to and from school but we again ask for your support that the phone is not used by your child during the school day as this may be removed from the child and that the school is not responsible for any damage that may occur as a result of a phone / gadget being brought on site.  

Film Warning about On-line Grooming

Leicestershire Police has produced a film to raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming that has been made publicly available, based on the story of a teenager, Kayleigh Haywood.  The film highlights how quickly and easily children can be groomed on-line without them or those around them knowing it is happening. We would like to show this video as part of our PSHE scheme of learning to our students but appreciate that the content is sensitive and that parents may wish to view this first. 

Please visit www.leics.police.uk/categories/kayleighs-love-story-film in order to view the full version.  If you do not wish your child to watch this at school please let Mrs Williams know (mw@poolacademy.co.uk).

Yours sincerely

Mrs Zelma Hill
Principal