Sept newsletter 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Hope you have all had a good summer and Eid Mubarak to all of our families who celebrated Eid in August. Over the summer we received our first set of GCSE results and are pleased to have some real success stories, with some of our students achieving top grades of 8’s and 9’s. Although, we are proud of all of our students we have students who have excelled and performed to a high standard:

Salma A, Hanad A, Rahima B, Saniya C, Riadur R and Mahek R to name a few!

Our expectations of our students remain high – this is with attitudes and engagement towards their learning and behaviour. As most of you are already aware Ofsted visited Starbank in July and have highlighted concerns around the behaviour of our secondary students. It is essential that home and school work in partnership to improve and maintain high standards.

We have revised our Secondary Behaviour Policy for Learning and this is now available on the school website. Although, this will be shared with all students on the first few days back it is essential that you go through the policy and school expectations with your child. This policy aims to:

Provide a consistent approach to behaviour management.

Define what we consider to be unacceptable or unsuccessful behaviour, including bullying.

Outline how students are expected to behave.

Summarise the roles and responsibilities of different people in the school community with regards to behaviour management.

Outline our system of rewards and sanctions (referred to as the Recognition system).

Poor behaviour will not be tolerated and sanctions will be applied according to our policy.

Can I also remind you to make sure that 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. 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.

Finally, we welcome Mr Ferrante, who has joined us this year as Secondary Headteacher. Mr Ferrante has a wealth of leadership experience and will add further capacity to our Secondary team. Mr Ferrante will be writing to you at the start of this year, we look forward to welcoming you all back on Wednesday 4th September.

Yours Sincerely

 

Mrs Dosanjh

Executive Headteacher