Dear Parent/Carer,

This has been an exciting year for us. We have made good progress with many aspects within our secondary phase of the school. Your child may have informed you of the introduction of GCSEPod, Duke of Edinburgh scheme and more recently the opportunity for students to get involved in the Police Cadet scheme in the new academic year.

As our secondary continues to grow we have added to our leadership structure and have appointed two new Deputy Headteachers; Mrs Donohoe who will start in June, and Mr Tonks who has been with us now since March. Both leaders have a wealth of experience and will provide additional capacity and support to our existing team. Whilst Mrs Donohoe will have a particular focus on teaching and learning, Mr Tonks has taken on the role of pastoral and behaviour across secondary.

Some of you may also be aware that we have made other changes to our pastoral team. We now have two strategic pastoral leaders, Mr White and Mrs Arif both of whom are supported by the pastoral mentors. It is essential for us that our pastoral care and provision is of a high standard, one that allows our students to thrive in all aspects of school.
As we are approaching the end of the school year there are a few key reminders that will enable us to maintain our high standards.

Please ensure your child attends school in the correct uniform; if there are any difficulties or temporary reasons items of uniform cannot be worn I ask you to contact the school to discuss these reasons. In order to maintain these high standards pupils not adhering to the School uniform expectations will be sanctioned accordingly.

Uniform (Full details on school website)

  • School Blazers – A grey blazer with a Starbank School badge should be worn by all young people. These are available from Clive Marks.
  • Jumpers – A bespoke grey knit v-neck jumper with a red stripe must be worn by both girls and boys.
  • Shirt -A formal white school shirt must be worn.
  • Ties – A school tie must be worn at all times. These are available from Clive Marks and the school office.
  • Trousers – Trousers must be formal tailored black school trousers. These can be purchased from a retailer of your choice.
  • Skirt – A black school skirt can be chosen and should be either a pleated skirt or a long skirt. Skirts should be of an appropriate length – as a rule, skirts should be worn no higher than the knee, with plain black tights. These can be purchased from a retailer of your choice.
  • Footwear – Black school shoes (low heeled) should be worn at all times. No trainers of any description should be worn.
  • Head Scarf – Girls who choose to cover their heads, can wear a plain, black headscarf.
  • Hair, Headwear and Accessories – For reasons of safety jewellery is not allowed. Hair must be of a natural colour and in an appropriate style. No tramlines, Mohicans, extreme styling or hair / eyebrow designs. Pupils may cover their hair for religious/cultural reasons may do so by wearing a plain black head scarf which should be securely attached. For Girls, small, plain ear studs may be worn (one stud in each ear only). Hairbands/Clips should be in school colours. No makeup, false nails or coloured nail varnish.

Physical education

Physical education is a statutory requirement for all pupils. Can you please ensure your child attends lessons with the correct PE kit. (Full details on school website)

Detentions

Whilst as a school we endeavour to recognise positive behaviours, there are times when pupils’ behaviour does not comply with school rules and appropriate sanctions need to be applied.
From Monday 3rd June Detentions (R2) are held Monday to Thursday 3:10pm to 3:40pm for 30 minutes. Parents are given notice of these detentions via text message. Please ensure your child is aware of the necessity to attend these detentions.
Failure to attend R2 detention will result in a required attendance at the Senior leadership detention on Friday evening for 60 minutes 3:10pm – 4.10pm
Continued failure to attend detentions will lead to further sanctions including internal exclusions and fixed term exclusions.
School will finish at the normal time of 3:10pm on Friday 24th May and I look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday 3rd June at 8:25am.

Thank you for your continued support.
Yours Sincerely
Mrs Dosanjh
Executive Headteacher