Year 9 Parents Evening

I have pleasure in inviting you to the Year 9 Parents’ Consultation meeting which is to be held on Thursday 7 th March 2019 from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm. This is a very important meeting to review your son/daughter’s progress so far in Year 9 which I am certain that you will wish to make every effort to attend. Attached to this letter is a list of the subjects your son/daughter takes, and the names of the staff who teach them. Your son/daughter is responsible for arranging a time for your appointments. You should bring the appointment slip with you on Thursday 7th March.

School Attendance 2018

Over the last few years the whole school attendance has improved year on year; it is significantly above the national average for all schools and one of the best in the region. Excellent attendance and punctuality are fundamental for students to be successful at school.

This annual letter is to remind you of the school’s Attendance and Punctuality Policy and how we ensure that students have the best attendance and punctuality record.  Research suggests that for every seventeen school days missed a year, a GCSE grade is dropped.  Therefore, we believe that the greater the attendance the greater the achievement. An excellent record of attendance and punctuality is one of the first things future employers or educational institutions will ask us about your child at the end of their time at Chesterfield.

From September 2016, we have been running a new Attendance reward scheme. At Chesterfield we have high expectations of our students and have set a target of 97% for attendance. Students whose attendance levels drop below 97% can expect to be subject to monitoring as per our Attendance Policy and Procedures (please see our Graduated Response Attendance Support Programme 2016-17).

Following two or more periods of absence due to illness or if requested for any other reason, parents may be asked to provide medical evidence for any future absence. This may include a doctor’s note, appointment card or a photocopy of a prescription and/or medication box/ bottle (only for short periods; excessive periods will require written confirmation from a Consultant or GP.  If students are required to take medicine then this can be brought into school and left at reception. For any absence exceeding 3 days, we will ask parents to provide medical evidence on and after the 3rd day.

As you are aware, in 2013 there were changes in legislation; the government no longer allows schools to authorise family holidays during term time.  Leave taken during term due to holidays will not be authorised and parents may be liable to receive a Fixed Penalty Notice.  Sefton Council’s Attendance and Welfare Service may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to each Parent/Carer, for each child who is absent from school.

 Payment of a penalty within 21 days of receipt of the notice is £60 payment after this time, but within 28 days of receipt of the notice is £120 (The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.) Non- payment of the penalty within the 28 day time limit will trigger the prosecution process under the provisions of section 444 of the 1996 Education Act or section 103 of the 2006 Education Act.

 Attendance and Punctuality Procedures are much stricter than in previous years; Chesterfield has reviewed its Attendance Policies and practice in line with changes in Government and Local Authority policies; from September 2015, the government reduced the Persistent absentee (PA) threshold to 10%. Sefton Council also changed their code of conduct; the threshold for unauthorised absence where schools can make a request for a Penalty Notices is 10 sessions and/or 18 sessions over two consecutive terms. Please note that the same criterion applies to late arrival to school (after registration has closed.)

 We encourage parents to advise the Student Support Team or Form Tutor of any issues which might prevent excellent attendance or punctuality and to work in partnership with school and other agencies where necessary to improve attendance and punctuality. Please be aware that any absence from school, authorised or unauthorised, will affect your child’s percentage attendance and this could mean that in the future they do not meet the criteria for reward events.  Absence should be reported daily by calling 0151 924 6454 before 8.30am.

Please find enclosed the instructions given to Schools and Local Authorities by the Department for Education June 2016 which outlines are duty to not authorise holidays during term time.

Yours sincerely

Mr S Penney                                         Mr K Sexton

Headteacher                                         Deputy Headteacher

Open Evening Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

Open Evening

On Thursday 28th September we are holding an Open Evening for prospective students and parents. As this involves both the preparation of teaching areas and the involvement of a number of students later in the day, the school will close early on the day.

All students will leave at 2:00pm following lunch and a statutory registration period with their Form Tutor.

We have contacted the School Bus companies to request that they reschedule the services, but as they can give no firm guarantee of this, pupils may need to use public transport to get home. If your child has any problem over transport please inform the appropriate Progress Leader or Student Support Manager.

Please sign the appropriate page in your son/daughter’s planner to acknowledge receipt of this letter.

Yours sincerely

 

Mr S Penney

Headteacher

End of Term Letter – December 2016

December 2016

Dear Parent/Carers

I am writing to you as usual about the arrangements for the last day of term – Wednesday 21st December 2016 and the first day of the new term – Monday 9th January 2017.

Students in Years 7-13 will be dismissed from school at the normal time of 3.00pm on Wednesday 21st December 2016.

On Friday 16th December 2016 we are holding a fundraising event when pupils can either wear a Christmas themed jumper instead of their school jumper or an item such as a festive hat, scarf or piece of tinsel with their uniform.  We are asking for donations of £1 in support of two charities.

The Sixth Form students are making Christmas hampers to deliver to elderly members of our community again this year.

During the final weeks of term the following mock examinations will be taking place:

  • Year 11 will be sitting mock examinations in Mathematics, English Language, Science, History and Geography
  • Years 9 and 10 will be sitting mock examinations in Mathematics and English Language

As you will appreciate these examinations and assessments will contribute to the school’s decision about which tier of entry your child will be entered for and have a direct effect on the final grade they will receive.  Therefore, your child is expected to attend school all week.  Medical evidence will be expected in the event of any absence, otherwise it will be regarded as an unauthorised absence.

Your child’s teachers will be providing your son/daughter with revision materials and resources in preparation for their examinations.  Could you please encourage your child to use the on-line revision resources on the PiXL Maths app, Mathswatch and the school’s DODDLE learning platform which is accessible from the school’s website.

Year 7 and 8 will continue with their normal timetabled lessons.

All students should return to school at 8.30am on Monday 9 January 2017 for the start of the Spring Term.

The period after Christmas can be a time when parents and carers decide to book holidays for the summer.  The school is not allowed by the Government to authorise any holidays during term time.  Any holidays taken in term time will mean that the school will have to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice for each child taken out of school.  With the changing examination system, students cannot afford to miss any school days, as every day missed can affect their chances of success in their examinations and affect their future options.  Please can we also remind parents/carers that they are expected to make all appointments, including medical, outside of school hours as far as is reasonably possible.  Please note that Year 10 students will also be sitting their GCSE examinations during the summer term.

We recently acknowledged the outstanding successes of the Year 11 Class of 2016 at our annual Prize Giving Event.  This year the event was held at the Plaza Cinema in Crosby.  It was a great success as more students than ever were awarded prizes with their families in attendance to share in the celebrations.  Students were rewarded for surpassing their targets and their effort and determination to take on the challenge in achieving their well-deserved results.

There will be a further opportunity to celebrate the successes of our students when our former Year 13 students return for their Prize Giving on 19th December 2016.

Meanwhile, our current Year 11 students have completed their mock interviews this term with representatives and employers from the Education and Business Partnership.  The feedback we received from the employers was extremely complimentary about the mature, polite way our students presented themselves.

Our annual Christmas Celebration was held at St Faith’s Church on Tuesday 6th December at 7.00pm.  This was an outstanding event with students from all year groups of the school participating in a truly festive celebration.  This year we were again joined by a group of pupils from Forefield Junior School.

As we are about to go through the season of inclement weather, can I draw your attention to arrangements in case of a very heavy snowfall resulting in the necessity to close our school.  In this event, could I advise you to check the school website for information.

I would also like to inform you of events taking place next year:

Dance Showcase on 9th February 2017                        7.00pm to 8.30pm

Music Cabaret Evening on 27th April 2017                 7.00pm to 8.30pm

We will advertise these events again nearer the time.

Each year group will have received at least one monitoring of performance report sheet by the end of this term, showing progress made towards the minimum targets set for students.  We welcome comments from you as this process of monitoring progress will be repeated in the spring and summer terms.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of dates of Parents Evenings next term:

 

Year 12/13 Parents Evening                  Thursday 26th January 2017     4.00pm to 7.00pm

Year 8        Parents/Options Evening   Thursday 23th February 2017  4.00pm to 7.00pm

Year 11       Parents Evening                  Thursday 16th March 2017       4.00pm to 7.00pm

Year 10      Parents Evening                  Thursday 23th March 2017       4.00pm to 7.00pm

Year 7        Parents Evening                  Thursday 4th May 2017             4.00pm to 7.00pm

Year 9        Parents Evening                 Thursday 22 June 2017               4.00pm to 7.00pm

When we return after the Christmas Holidays could you please remind your son/daughter not to bring valuable items such as jewellery, electronic devices and mobile telephones into school with them as we cannot be held responsible for them or refund the value of such items if lost or stolen.  Mobile telephones and electronic devices are not allowed during the school day.

I am attaching a list of the school uniform and would like to remind you that students are not allowed to wear hooded sweatshirts/jackets.  During the winter such items are not an alternative to an outdoor coat.  The uniform list also states that students should wear plain black shoes (not patent leather).  This means, therefore, that canvas pumps or any kind of trainers should not be worn.  We have high expectations of our students and a high standard of uniform is essential for everyone in our community.

I would like to remind you that certain students within school are eligible for Free School Meals.  If you feel your child may fall within this category you will be able to find more information on Sefton Council’s website www.sefton.gov.uk.  Please click on ‘Schools and Learning’ then ‘Grants and Funding’ to reach the information on Free School Meals.

For those children in receipt of Free School Meals there is a financial benefit to both the family and the school, also since the school moved to a cashless system in the school canteen, pupils in receipt of Free School Meals have money paid directly into their accounts.  Therefore, in this discrete way, their receipt of Free School Meals remains anonymous to others.

Finally, at the end of this term we say goodbye to two colleagues, Mr Higham and Mrs Leary.

Mr Higham has taught Science here at Chesterfield since January 2003 and has also been a Progress Leader in recent years.  He is moving to teach Science at Childwall Academy in Liverpool.  We are grateful to him for his work and support with students at Chesterfield and wish him well for the future.

Mrs Leary has worked at Chesterfield High School since February 1995 as a member of the administration team and as the Examinations Officer.  During her time here she has supported thousands of students through the stressful examination period by always going the extra mile to ensure that students had the best possible experience.  She has worked tirelessly to enable examination administration to run smoothly.  I am sure that we all wish her a long and happy retirement and thank her for the invaluable assistance she has given to both staff and students during her time at Chesterfield.

Next term we welcome back Mrs Dunning (Head of History) from maternity leave and Mr Loughlin will be taking up a new role as a Progress Leader.

With every good wish for Christmas and the New Year.

Yours sincerely

Mr S Penney

Headteacher

Parent/Carer Forum 30/11/2016

Dear Parent/Carer

 

As a parent/carer in our school community we would like to invite you to the Parent/Carer Forum. The Parent/Carer Forum is a group of parents/carers who get together to contribute to the development of the school and give us advice when we are launching new initiatives for students and parents.

Over the last year we have discussed the new rewards and prize-giving activities of the school; we also discussed the development of student character as part of the new PSCHE curriculum. The parent/carer forum was key to the review of how we communicate with parents and developing the school website/school gateway app.

The date of the autumn term meeting will at 6pm on 30th November 2016 (see attached leaflet).  We always ensure we have some refreshments.  I have enclosed some information about Parent/Carer Forums and how they work to give you some understanding of what we are trying to develop.

The parent/care forum is a welcoming, informal environment where parents and carers feel they can give their voice to the way the school develops and improves.  It also gives parents/carers and opportunity to meet other parents/carers and share some of their common concerns and learn from each other.

Please let me know by phone or email (ksexton@chesterfieldhigh.co.uk if you can make this initial meeting). If you know of a friend or another parent who would like to join us bring them along.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

 

Yours sincerely

Mr Kevin Sexton

Deputy Headteacher

End of Term letter – Summer 2016

July 2016

Dear Parent/Carer

It is with pleasure that I am writing to you at the end of the academic year.

Personal Development and Well-being

The School’s Personal Development and Well-being work is led by a dedicated team of leaders who take particular roles.  Mrs Allen leads Key Stage 3 which includes the transition of new students.  Mr Lindley leads Key Stage 4 including GCSE intervention and inclusion.  Ms Bowers leads the whole school project of 100% Classroom which includes improving engagement during lessons.

Year GroupProgress LeaderStudent Support Managers
7Mrs P AllenMrs D McCann

Ms L Jones

Ms D Steele

8Mr J Lewis
9Mr R Higham
10Ms C Bowers
11Mr P Lindley
Sixth FormMrs J DearyMrs L Hughes

Attendance

The school is very proud of the attendance of the vast majority of students with our current attendance rate at 95.8%.  This shows that parents and carers have worked very closely with us to ensure that their child attends school regularly.  We know as a school that high attendance has a direct impact on the performance of students and their ability to be successful in all aspects of their school life.  Please continue to support the school and ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.

Can I take this opportunity to remind you of the school attendance and punctuality policy (full policy is available on the school website) which parents should be aware of.  Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued for:

  • Unauthorised parentally condoned absence
  • Unauthorised leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances
  • Unwarranted delayed return from leave of absence (without school agreement)
  • Persistent late arrival after the register has closed
  • Truancy, including attendance and exclusion sweeps (formerly truancy sweeps)

Please remember that the government will not allow schools to authorise any holidays and therefore all holiday requests will not be authorised.  Parents can apply for leave of absence for exceptional circumstances but a range of documentary evidence will be required to support any application and the decision will always be at the discretion of the Headteacher.  Any leave of absence that is not authorised will be liable for a fixed penalty notice.

Vaccinations

Students who will be in Year 8 and Year 10 next year will be in the appropriate Year Group for immunisation vaccinations.  Parents will receive a letter explaining precisely which vaccinations will be offered.  Can I ask you to return the reply slip that will be attached to the letters as the school nurse needs to collect the forms stating that you either consent or do not consent to your child being vaccinated.  All forms therefore need to be returned to the Student Support Managers named in the letters.

Extra–curricular activities

We are extremely proud of the many achievements of our students in a variety of areas, all of which have been showcased on our school website.  We hope they will be inspired by each other to achieve even more in the future.

Safeguarding of children is something the school gives high priority to.  For your information the named child protection officers in school are Mrs Murphy (Deputy Headteacher), Mr Oulton (Assistant Headteacher) and Mr Henney (Behaviour Improvement Manager).  Any causes of concern regarding safety of students from Years 7-13 should be passed on to one of these members of staff.

Arrangements for the end of term:

School will close at 3.00pm on Thursday 14th July for students in Year 12 who have completed all work required.

 School will close at 1.30pm on Friday 15th July for all students in Years 7,8,9 and 10.

The school bus companies have been contacted to arrive for a 1.30pm departure; however, there is no guarantee that they will be able to respond to this request, so students may therefore need to use public transport to get home.

Autumn term begins on Monday 5th September for students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13.  Students should report at the times indicated below.  This information is also available on the School website www.chesterfieldhigh.co.uk

(New) Year 7 should report at 8.30am to the Arts Theatre

Year 8 should report at 8.30am to their Form Rooms

Year 9 should report at 8.30am to their Form Rooms

Year 10 should report at 11.10am to the Arts Theatre

Year 11 should report at 11.10am to their Form Rooms

Year 13 should report to the Sixth Form Centre at 8.30am

Timetabled lessons will begin from period 4, followed by lunchtime, then period 5 from 2.00 – 3.00pm.  School will end at 3.00pm as usual.

 Tuesday 6th September

 Year 12 should report to the Arts Theatre at 8.30am

School Meals

The cost of a set meal is currently £2.10 for students (a “set meal” is the “meal of the day)”.  From September the cost will rise to £2.20 which is in line with the tariff set by Sefton Council.

Sefton Council has asked the school to inform parents of the following:

‘Does your child currently receive free school meals?  If yes, then the way Sefton Council processes your free school means is changing.  Sefton Council will no longer send out a letter confirming the renewal of your free school meals for September.  If you are NOT entitled you will receive a letter from Sefton Council to tell you what you need to do next.  If there are any changes to your application please e-mail education.benefits@sefton.gov.uk’.

Uniform

I know that many parents have already bought items of the new school uniform either online or from the sales event at school with our suppliers “Emblematic” and the local supplier of uniform “Monkhouse” on College Road, Crosby for the start of the new term.  I would like to take this opportunity to remind students that we expect them to be proud of being members of Chesterfield High School and they should reflect this by wearing the correct uniform appropriately throughout the day, including their journeys to and from school.

The school has sent a letter to parents/carers with a uniform list and examples of shoes which are acceptable for school.  We do not wish you to waste money on items that are not part of the uniform and therefore inappropriate.  A list of the school uniform is attached.  Please read this carefully as we would expect you to change an item of clothing or footwear which is inappropriate.

Students are rewarded every day if they wear the correct uniform through the Club 100 reward system. For pupils to attend school trips and enrichment events they need to achieve a target number of Club 100 points.  The majority of our students are excellent ambassadors for the school and we need to work together to ensure that all students fulfil that role.

Throughout the year, a large collection of students’ possessions; either uniform items or other personal belongings, arrive in lost property.  Whilst every effort is made to return items to students, this is only possible when names are clearly marked on clothing/footwear or students are proactive in seeking out their belongings.  From September, we will keep lost property for a month from when it is handed in.  After that time we will send lost property items to a Charity Shop.  If your son/daughter loses something, please encourage him/her to report it to the General Office.

We continue to raise awareness of safety around school with students.  We cannot be responsible for the loss or theft of electronic devices or other valuables.  There are no secure areas in school for students to leave possessions unattended.  School cannot therefore invest excessive time in searching for lost items.

Reports

 You will have either just received or be about to receive a report on your son/daughter’s progress.  We hope that your son/daughter will be encouraged by the successes he/she have made this year.  We welcome comments from parents on the termly monitoring and reporting system.

A reminder that the dates for the issuing of external examination results are:

Thursday 18th August 8.00am Year 13

9.00am Year 12

A Level / AS Level / BTEC National Certificate / Diploma (Sixth Form) / OCR Nationals

 

 

Thursday 25th August

 

 

 

10.00am

 

 11.00am

 

GCSE / BTEC First Diploma / OCR Nationals (Year 11)

 

GCSE

Year 10

As always, this is a time for saying farewell to staff, some of whom have worked at Chesterfield for many years.

This year we say goodbye to Mrs L Cass (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs C Griffiths (Teaching Assistant) who are retiring.  They have supported many of our students enabling them to overcome barriers to learning and to achieve success.  We wish them a long and happy retirement.

We will also say goodbye to the following staff:

Mr Conlon (ICT teacher) who has gained promotion in Italy, Mr Wild (Technology teacher), Miss Sweeney (Head of Languages) and Miss Bloxam (Mathematics teacher) who are all taking up positions in another school.  Mr Blackham (Science teacher) who has secured promotion in another school, Miss Thomas (English teacher) who is leaving to work in a school in Dubai and Miss Royle (Student Support Manager) who is leaving to commence her teaching training.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their hard work and commitment to the students of Chesterfield High School and to wish them every success in the next stage of their careers.

Mrs H Dunning (History Teacher) and Mrs A Owen (Student Support Manager) started their maternity leave during this half term and Miss L Concannon (English Teacher) will commence her maternity leave in September.  We have also welcomed back Mrs Johnson (Science), Ms L McCausland (Student Development Assistant) and Ms J Coxon (Clerical Assistant) from maternity leave this term.

We are pleased to welcome the following teaching staff who will be joining us in September: Ms C Davis and Ms S Parry in the English Department, Mr D Bell in the Science Department and Mr M Cotterill in the Mathematics Department.  We look forward to working with them.

My thanks go to everyone who has supported the students so well this year.

I wish you and your family a very enjoyable summer holiday.

Yours sincerely

Mr S Penney

Headteacher

Year 10 Information

June 2016

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to inform you of the arrangements for your child as we move ever closer to Year 11. It is imperative that we make that transition as smooth as possible and we have planned numerous activities to aid this. The assessments that will be completed will be used to ensure your child has the correct tier of entry, is placed in the most appropriate sets and identify their strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the final examinations next summer.

A schedule of these activities can be found in the table below.

Mon 4th12345
MONDAYMATHS REVISIONPiXL MATHS EXAMBTEC SPORT MOCK
TUESDAYPiXL MATHS EXAMBTEC SPORT CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS /

REVISION / EXAM

WEDNESDAYPiXL MATHS EXAM
THURSDAYGCSE Additional SCIENCE ISA Examination
FRIDAY

 

 

Mon 11th12345
MONDAYY10 SPORTS DAYENTERPRISE & FINANCIAL PLANNING
TUESDAYBritish Values: ‘ONE WORLD’ DAY ( Tolerance)
WEDNESDAYBritish Values: ‘LIVERPOOL’ DAY (Proud of identity)
THURSDAYBLACKPOOL TRIP
FRIDAYLESSONS AND FINAL REWARD ASSEMBLY

The Mathematics examination will be externally assessed by PiXL.  PIXL is a National group of 1500 schools which work together to produced high quality assessments which allow schools to evaluate student progress and identify areas for improvement. It will help the school predict your child’s future performance against the new GCSE grades of 9 to 1. These results will not be available until September.

The English Examinations which were sat on 22nd/23rd June 2016 are also being externally assessed by PIXL and these results will be available in September. 

Please note that all students will remain in school until 3pm, Friday 15th July and normal attendance procedures apply.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

 

Mr P.M.Lindley

Key Stage 4 Progress Leader