In this section
18 April 2019
I hope you and your families enjoyed the recent holiday, despite the less than perfect weather. Next year the two week holiday falls in line with the Easter Weekend which will be less disruptive for our students, in particular those who are busy preparing for their exams.
We were really impressed with our Year 11 students who attended the Easter revision sessions during the recent holiday. I know they appreciated the time their teachers took out of their own holidays to support them. We have a full programme of revision/drop in sessions for Year 11 students and a timetable for these has previously been sent home to parents/carers of Year 11 students. If you would like any further information about these or how you can support your child at this important time, please get in touch with Karen Parker, Head of Year 11, whose contact details are available on the school website.
Year 13 Progress Interviews
Our extended senior leadership team has recently had the pleasure of meeting our Year 13 students to support them as they move towards their final exams and thinking about their next steps. It has been a pleasure to meet with them on an individual basis and talk through their approach to their studies and their future aspirations. We have a wonderful cohort of Year 13 students, who are articulate and mature in their approach to their education and future. We all wish them all the best of luck in their exams and their applications to university, apprenticeships and employment.
For those of you who follow Lawnswood School or the PE department on Twitter, you will know that some of our students are currently on a sports tour in Holland. Our students have been a credit to the school both in their approach to the training and tournaments but also through the commitment and collaboration they’ve shown throughout the trip. There have been many successes in the tournaments and all students have had the opportunity to improve their skills and the footballers have also had the privilege of training with West Ham football coaches.
All 64 students and accompanying staff have had a wonderful time and are enjoying a day of relaxation before commencing the long journey home and I am sure they will all need the long weekend to recover! We look forward to hearing more about their tour when they return to school after the weekend.
All schools are required to have evacuation, invacuation and lockdown procedures in place to ensure students, staff and visitors are safe in the event of an emergency. We are also required to practise our procedures so that all members of the school community are aware of why we may need to evacuate or keep students in the building and in the most extreme cases lockdown the building. Next week during assemblies we will be talking to students about our invacuation and lockdown procedures and then the following week we will be initiating a lockdown drill.
Whilst there are many reasons why we may need to keep students in the building, or indeed lockdown, which includes locking classroom doors and keeping away from doors and windows, we are aware that the thought of these procedures and some of the reasons why we may need to activate them, may be upsetting to some students. If you feel your child may be upset, or reports feeling upset after our assemblies or drill, please contact their Year Manager and we will ensure staff are aware and support them through the assembly and the drill as well as offering ongoing support.
Punctuality update – well done!
To support our students in developing punctuality, pastoral support workers for each year group and senior leaders have been personally greeting students at the gate every morning since we came back from February half term. It’s lovely to welcome the students to school each day and congratulate those who have improved their punctuality. We spend the remainder of form time with any latecomers who arrive and make sure that uniform, planner and equipment checks are done and students are all set for a positive day. 30 minute same day detentions are issued to latecomers as a reminder about the importance of punctuality and a motivator to avoid lateness next time.
The impact had been astonishing – in just half a term lateness has reduced by 2%! Well done yet again to our fantastic students and thank you for your support and also to the hard working staff.
Dates for your diary:
- Tuesday 30 April – Junior Maths Challenge
- Wednesday 1 May – Year 7 Parent Consultation Evening 4.30pm – 7.00pm
- Thursday 9 May – Friends of Lawnswood Meeting 7.00pm – 8.00p
I hope you have a lovely long weekend and I look forward to seeing all our students safely back with us on Tuesday 23 April at 8.30am.
Mrs J Bell