Dear Parents/Guardians/Carers,

As we approach the end of term, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of Starbank School in what has been another challenging and demanding year. Throughout this year our children have continued to show their resilience and have responded positively to all that has been asked of them in terms of changes and expectations.  I have shared with you in my previous communications how impressed I have been with everyone, pupils, parents and staff alike and how you have all adapted to the challenging circumstances of the year.  You are to be praised and commended.

I want to share with you my reflections for the latter part of this academic year as well as making you aware of very important information for the next academic year. I want to focus on the last six weeks. When I wrote to you back at the end of May 2021 I explained the many changes and the reset that the school was introducing. Since the start of this on Monday 7th June, my evaluation is that we have had an excellent half term and finish to the year. All pupils returned in full school uniform and have adapted to the raised expectations of behaviour. Attendance has increased to above 95%, many forms achieving 100% attendance on a number of days each week. We have seen significant decrease in referrals to the impact centre and all pupils have had opportunities in enrichment, for example; bake off, STEM club, inter form football and dodgeball tournaments, Starbank’s Got Talent, Year 11 celebration event and an enrichment morning which all pupils have participated in. If you use social media, please do follow @starbank_school where you will see daily updates of what is happening in school. We are ending the year with how I want to begin in September.
I want all my staff, pupils and parents to be proud of the school they belong to.


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Term Dates

Arrangements for September

The school will begin on Wednesday 1st September, following the staff inset on the day before. The first day back in school will be staggered to allow for year group assemblies to reintroduce expectations as well as issuing out timetables and information.

Tuesday 31st August Staff Inset Day
Wednesday 1st September

Staggered Start to the Day

Year 7 – 8.10am

Year 11 – 9.30am

Year 10 – 10.00am

Year 9 – 10.30am

Year 8 – 11.00am

Thursday 2nd September All pupils in by 8.20am

 

Punctuality to school:

The arrival time from Thursday 2nd September is 8.20am. All pupils should be in their line ups by this time. The school gate will close and anyone arriving after 8.20am will be late and be issued with a late detention. The only day where this will be different will be on the first day back on Wednesday 1st September as explained above.

Expectations on attitude, conduct and behaviour:

It is important that pupils arrive at school with the correct attitude and maturity. School is here to help pupils progress from children into young adults, and that includes developing individual maturity, independence and enough self-respect to make their progress their primary focus.

I will expect all pupils in September to:

  • Arrive punctually to lesson.
  • Ensure they are prepared to learn – that they are responsible for their own equipment and books.
  • Maintain focus and engage well with all tasks set, to best support their own progress.
  • Treat all stakeholders, staff and pupils alike, with the same respect they wish for themselves.

By maintaining these behaviours as detailed above, pupils will develop the habits of successful people and will ensure their best chances of success. It will be important pupils accept that they are responsible for their own behaviour and conduct within school.

Expectations on school uniform:

The school uniform for the last half term of summer has been outstanding. I would like to thank parents and pupils who make every effort to keep to our uniform regulations. Please see below for guidance on our school uniform.

The expectation from Wednesday 1st September 2021 is that all pupils attend school in FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM.

Pupils can also continue to wear the old Starbank uniform. Students who do not arrive in the correct uniform will either be referred to the impact centre or sent home to change into uniform before returning back to school. Our approved retailer for uniform is Stevensons. Please click on the following website for more information –  www.stevensons.co.uk  Stevensons offer a user-friendly and straight forward method of purchase for parents all year round.  I recently wrote to you to explain that in place of this summer’s pop-up shop, we have secured a free delivery offer from our supplier.  Throughout the whole of July 2021, all uniform orders over £50.00 will qualify for FREE Royal Mail delivery (usually £3.75 per order). This saving will be applied automatically to all qualifying orders at checkout. There is also a 120 day no quibble returns and exchange policy for parents.

The school will start the new academic year in the same way that it will end this academic year.

Pupils will be expected to and must:

  1. Attend school in full academy uniform everyday.
  2. Change into their PE kit on days that they have PE. This must be Starbank PE kit. (no fashion clothes will be allowed).
  3. Wear school shoes. No trainers must be worn.
  4. Not wear jewellery except plain studs and a watch.
  5. Not wear make-up.
  6. Never wear jackets/coats in the school building.
  7. Not bring phones/earphones to school.
  8. Have the full required school equipment: (Starbank Planner, Star Reader, writing pen, green pen, pencil and ruler and their exercise books).
  1. Be ready to learn in lessons, beginning with formatting their desks every lesson without being told.
  1. Not bring fizzy drinks, sweets and chewing gum into school. They are banned items.

 The School Day

The following table states clearly the timings of the school day from Wednesday 1st September 2021

Monday-Thursday

 

8.20am

Line-up

8.30am-8.50am

Tutor Period

8.50am-9.45am

Period 1

9.45am-10.55am

Period 2 including 15 minute break

10.55am-11.50am

Period 3

11.50am-12.45pm

Period 4

12.45pm-2.15pm

Period 5 including 25min lunch

2.15pm-3.10pm

Period 6

3.10pm -4.10pm

Intervention (identified groups)

 

Friday

 

8.20am

Line-up

8.30am-9.00am

Tutor Period

9.00am-9.55am

Period 1

9.55am-11.10am

Period 2 including 20 minute brunch

11.10am-12.05pm

Period 3

The School Term and Holidays 2021-2022

The dates can also be found on the school website.

Autumn Term 2021

Staff Inset Day

Tuesday 31st August 2021

Re-opening on

Wednesday 1st September 2021

Mid-term closure

Monday 25th October-Friday 29th October 2021

Staff Well Being Day*

Friday 26th November 2021

Closure after school on

Friday 17th December 2021

Christmas Holiday

Monday 20th December-Monday 3rd January 2022

Number of openings

72

 

 

Spring Term 2022

Staff Inset Day

Thursday 4th January 2022

Re-opening on

Wednesday 5th January 2022

Mid-term closure

Monday 21st February-Friday 25th February 2022

Closure after school on

Friday 8th April 2022

Easter Holiday

Monday 11th April-Friday 22nd April 2022

Number of openings

63

 

 

Summer Term 2022

Staff Inset Day

Monday 25th April 2022

Re-opening on

Tuesday 26th April 2022

May Day Closure

Monday 2nd May 2022

Staff Wellbeing Days**

Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th May (Eid ul Fitr)

Mid-term closure

Monday 30th May-Friday 3rd June 2022

Staff Wellbeing Days**

Monday 11th July 2022 (Eid ul Adha)

Closure after school on

Thursday 21st July 2022

Number of openings

54

 

 *Well-Being Day, Friday 26th November (The Government has decided on having an extra Bank Holiday to celebrate HRH The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. The late May Bank Holiday will be moved from Monday 30th May 2022 to Thursday 2nd June 2022 with the additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3rd June 2022 – both days fall within the Half Term break. This means that all schools will have an extra day’s holiday. Pupils will need to be present in school for 189 (not 190) days, with staff coming in for 194 (not 195) days. The school has chosen to take this day on Friday 26th November 2021

 

**Eid holidays may be revised slightly according to the sighting of the moon

Year 11 Exam Results

The school has now submitted the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) to awarding bodies for our Year 11 pupils and we eagerly await the publication of results on Thursday 12th August 2021. All Year 11 pupils and parents will shortly receive a letter from the school explaining the plans for results day and the school will support with advice. On behalf of all staff, I would like to wish all of our Year 11 pupils a fond farewell and best wishes for the future.

Parental events in the new academic year 2021-2022

I wanted to share with you some key dates for next academic year where you will have the opportunity to meet with tutors or subject teachers. We will inform you nearer the time whether these events will be virtual or face to face.

Thursday 11th November 2021 – Year 7 Pastoral Parents’ Evening

Thursday 25th November 2021 – Year 11 Academic Parents’ Evening

Thursday 2nd December 2021 – Year 10 Academic Parents’ Evening

Thursday 27th January 2022 – Year 11 Academic Parents’ Evening (following mock exams)

Thursday 31st March 2022 – Year 9 Academic Parents’ Evening

Thursday 16th June 2022 – Year 7 Academic Parents’ Evening

Thursday 30th June 2022 – Year 8 Academic Parents’ Evening

Farewell

I would like to wish farewell to the following teachers and support staff who will be leaving us this summer. Ms Marsh, Ms Taswar, Mr Bucknor and Mr Khan. I would like to take this opportunity to wish them well for the future and to thank them all for their contribution and dedication to the students of Starbank School.

We welcome

I would like to welcome the following staff, Ms Martin and Mr Somers (both Assistant Principals), Ms Hammond, Ms Akhtar, Mr Hall and Ms Akram in English; Ms Kirane and Ms Barnes in Modern Foreign Languages; Mr Sayed and Ms Akhtar in Science; Ms Hussain (Art & DT) and Ms Zavadska in Music.

Finally

May I take this opportunity to wish you a restful and safe summer break and I look forward to welcoming all pupils back in September. I am asking all parents to support the school by ensuring and assuring that you reinforce these messages to your child. Strong school – student – parent partnerships are very important to secure positive relationships and success for everyone. For pupils, parents and families in our Muslim community who are celebrating Eid next week, have a wonderful and enjoyable day.

Yours Faithfully,

Gaetano Ferrante
Principal

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