It was exciting to welcome the school on Tuesday and to see students smartly dressed and ready for the new school year. Our beginning of year assembly was about the privilege of our education here and we are asked to keep in our prayers this year those children and young people who because of war or poverty are denied the opportunity to go to school.
Lessons have begun in earnest and the homework timetable takes effect immediately.
Welcome to new staff
I am delighted to welcome to the staff this term the following members of staff: Mr S. Cajkler - Assistant Principal, Mr S. Mulligan - Teacher of English, Miss A. Lee - Teacher of French, Mr M. Arab - Part time Teacher of Mathematics, Miss N. Suraweera - Teacher of Physics. Mr C. Naran and Mr E. Arvelo, Cover Supervisors, Mrs M. Branigan - Mentor, Mr K. O’Brien and Mr C. Griffin, Teaching Assistants, and Mr L. Cramp - Musician in Residence.
Additionally the following teachers have taken up new roles this year: Miss S. Jones, Lead Teacher for PSHE and Careers and Miss J. Spink, Head of Design Technology.
Congratulations to our students on an excellent set of results this year which show very good progress by students overall and excellent personal achievement by so many students.
At A Level there was a 100% pass rate, with 80% achieving A*-C grades and 30% A* or A grades
The national Advanced Learning Performance System (ALPS) which ranks Sixth Forms throughout the UK puts us in the top 10% of Sixth Forms in the last 3 years.
At GCSE 98% of students accredited with at least 5 passes A*-G and 70% 5 passes A*-C, 62% of students passed both Mathematics and English at grade C or above.
20% of GCSE grades were A*or A
Our GCSE Achievement 8 score is 5.1and our CPS (Capped point score) is 228. Achievement 8 is a new government indicator introduced this year and will be explained in detail at the Information meetings. In brief these two figures show that our students have made good progress over time and accredited in a very wide range of different subjects.
All this meant that the vast majority of students have achieved on target and were able to go on to take the courses they want to do at university, apprenticeships, our sixth form or college. Collectively our results were higher than last year at both A Level and GCSE. At English Martyrs we have very expert and dedicated teachers and teaching assistants. Thank you to them for supporting our students to make the most of their talents and achieve their best and thank you to parents and families for all your support.
Supporting your child this year
There are information meetings for year groups over the next two weeks and I strongly urge you to attend. This is a time of unprecedented change to qualifications and accordingly there are changes to the way we do things in school so even if you have had an elder child at the school in the past you will find that systems etc are changing rapidly. Information about the homework and study timetable will be shared at this meeting too and will be available on line after the meeting for reference. Please see the school website for dates of the Information Meetings.
At English Martyrs we prize good attendance very highly. We recognize that good school attendance is important for the well being of students in both their personal and academic development. The average attendance last year was 96.1%. Our aspirations and expectations for each student is to have a minimum number of school days absence, as both Government and our own analysis highlight the correlation between outstanding attendance and meeting targets grades at GCSEs and other courses. Please note that the school does not authorise holiday leave during term time.
Each student has been issued with a new planner for the year. Taking into account student feedback the planner has been enlarged this year and there are separate pages for recording homework. Each family should read the various agreements at the front of the planners and sign these. The Planner is specially created for our school and it is a very useful tool for learning. It is also expensive and should be looked after carefully. Graffiti is not permitted in planners. Should a student lose their planner it must be replaced. Planners are reissued at the cost price £5 from the Office.
We are a healthy eating school. Students must not bring crisps or fizzy drinks to school. Such items will be confiscated. Please note that Breakfast is served in the Restaurant each morning from 7.45-8.15am. Hot drinks as well as cereals and toast are available.
Catering debit cards have now been distributed to all students. Students must use only their own card for purchases. Cards cannot be exchanged or swopped. If a student loses a card a new one can be issued at the office for a charge of £1. Credit may be placed on the card using the cash loaders throughout the school and additionally parents can put credit on their child’s account using the online payment system via the school website. Parents of Year 7 students should have received an access log-on code. Should you have lost your access code please contact the school office.
Cars on site
Parents are asked not to bring cars onto the site and to be considerate to neighbours and other road users on Anstey Lane.
Students are encouraged to bring bikes to school but they must be locked up. Students who cycle to school should use a cycle helmet.
The school inspectorate, Ofsted, have a website for parent feedback on each school called Parent View https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/. It is helpful to the school if parents complete this survey and I encourage you to do so.
Open Evening for admission to Year 7, 2017 (for students in Year 6) will be on Thursday 6th October 2016, 5.00 – 7.00pm.
Open Evening for Sixth Form (for students in Year 11) will be on Thursday 13th October 2016, 5.00 – 7.00pm.
Dedication of Studies Mass
I am delighted to announce that Bishop Patrick, the Bishop of Nottingham is making his first visit to the school next week to celebrate the Dedication of Studies Mass with us. Bishop Patrick will be joined by the priests of the deanery.