Headteacher's Autumn Update for Sixth Form Parents
10 Sep 2021
Thank you for all your support in getting our young people back to school. It is lovely to see students in lessons and around school in much more normal ways and having the opportunity to do more practical learning activities and extra-curricular clubs.
As we settle into the new term, I wanted to update you on a number of things.
The dress code is an important aspect of our school and we are very grateful for all your support with this, which enables the vast majority of our students to be in appropriate clothing. The dress code allows students to be clear about the expectations we have of them and to set a really good tone for learning as well as prepare for the world of work.
However, we have a small minority of students who are unclear about the expectations and so I wanted to clarify these below. A full copy of our dress code can also be found here.
• Lanyards must be worn at all times, along with student ID cards.
If lost, these can be re-ordered via Wisepay. Replacements should all be in place by Monday 13 September.
• Footwear - Black or brown footwear only - Plimsolls, trainers, military style boots and canvas shoes are not acceptable
• Trousers – plain black or grey – jeans/denim/chinos/leggings etc are not permitted
• Shorts are not permitted
• Tops must be plain and no large logos/patterns are not permitted
• Short/cropped and/or strappy tops are not permitted
• Skirts and dresses must be of an appropriate length and material – bodycon is not permitted
• Outdoor jackets must be in keeping with professional office dress (denim is unacceptable). No hoodies, zipped or otherwise, at any time.
• Jewellery should be minimal. Only small studs or small rings are allowed
• Hair must be of a natural colour even if dyed.
We are currently working with these students to rectify these issues. However, parents should be aware that sanctions will begin to be issued for uniform infringements when we consider it reasonable to do so.
Additional Bank Holiday
You may be aware an extra bank holiday has been recently announced for 3 June 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As on previous similar occasions (eg the 2012 Diamond Jubilee or 2011 Royal Wedding), the DfE has amended the Education (School Day and School Year) (England) Regulations to reduce the school year 2021/22 for schools to 189 days. Schools are, however, already on half term at the time of the bank holiday, and therefore we are required to place the additional day elsewhere in this academic year.
There will never be an ideal time for all schools and all families to adapt to this change. We therefore feel it is important to situate the day at a point when we will gain the maximum benefit to well-being for staff and students in what has been a highly challenging time for us all. Leicestershire has the longest Autumn term (16 weeks) of any authority nationwide. This leads to fatigue and illness in late November and December for both staff and students. We also expect that Covid cases could well be very high at this time. The local authority is yet to decide when they recommend the day is taken.
However, the majority of Leicestershire schools are academies and will make their own separate decisions; we believe it is important to give you the maximum notice of this change. Consequently, all schools within the LiFE Multi-Academy Trust have determined that our schools will be closed for the additional day on Friday 3 December 2021.
You will have seen from the news that home testing is to continue beyond the end of September. We will therefore be issuing students who are home testing with additional kits towards the end of this month. Home testing is a vital part of keeping our school community safe. Can I take this opportunity to remind you that all students are expected to complete two home tests a week, on a Wednesday and a Sunday evening, and log the results of these on both the NHS and school reporting systems. We will only be provided with home testing kits in proportion to the number of home tests logged and so logging results is really important. To this end, we will be sending email reminders twice-weekly with the links on for your ease.
Government test tracking -
School test tracking - click here.
Whilst the pandemic has brought many challenges, it has also generated opportunities for innovations. One of these has been around the use of online appointments for parents evenings. For Post 16 students we plan to use a hybrid model as detailed below:
• Year 12
Thursday 4 November – Online
Thursday 28 April – Online
• Year 13
Thursday 28 October – Online
Thursday 24 March - Face to face
Details of how to register and book appointments will follow closer to the time.
I hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Dr Jude Mellor