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2 December 2019

Dear parent / carer

Firstly, please accept my apologies that this update didn’t arrive with you on Friday as I was involved in the training day. Staff were spending their time looking deeply at our school curriculum and ensuring it is of the very best quality. It was, as always, a delight to work with the staff as they showed their talent and dedication to their subjects and pedagogy.

Year 11 Mock Exams

Our Year 11s are, as I write, sitting their mock exams; we choose to place these mocks before Christmas so the students can relax during the Christmas holidays. As their revision schedules increase in the run up to their real exams in the summer, we recognise that this is probably the last proper holiday they will have before this time and therefore we want them to clear their heads and take some time for themselves. As parents/carers of Year 11 students, you will have received a personalised mock exam timetable in the post, so you will be aware which exams are when. If you have any questions about these exams or how to support your child with their revision, please visit our website or get in touch with Mr Rhodes, Head of Year 11.

The students’ mock exam results will be returned to them in the style of the GCSE results day in August; this is to ensure they are prepared for this day and that they have the support of their teachers and year team to plan for their next steps. Our mock exam results day will be during the week beginning 13 January – we will update you with a specific date, nearer the time.

Parent voice survey

As I explained in my last update, at this time of year we like to gather as much information from parents as possible to help us with our school improvement planning. So far, we haven’t had a large number of responses to the survey and therefore we would be very grateful if you would spend 10 minutes completing our online survey.

The survey can be found here: https://survey.gl-assessment.co.uk/s/JHNDD/ Your password: LWD14789parent. The password is case sensitive.

Please note that the survey is anonymous, and we will share the outcomes with you through this newsletter. If you do have any personal feedback please contact the school directly as we welcome your views at any time of year. If you have any problems in accessing this survey, please let us know and we will find an alternative method of ensuring your views are heard.

Friday 20 December – early finish

In order to raise funds for Save the Children we will be supporting the Christmas Jumper Day, but we will do this on Friday 20 December. Students are welcome to wear non-uniform with their jumper if they donate a minimum of £1 to the appeal.

School will finish at 12.30pm for students on this day, so please ensure your child(ren) is(are) aware of how they will get home from school at this earlier time.

Local school closures

You will no doubt be aware that some local schools were forced to close last week as a result of the number of staff and students who were suffering from symptoms similar to those of the Norovirus. Whilst we did have an unusually high number of students absent, particularly in the lower years, we did not have any confirmed cases of Norovirus in school. I contacted you with advice from Public Health England last week and the same advice remains in place throughout this winter period. We also reminded students about the importance of good hygiene and in particular hand washing to reduce the risk of any germs spreading. I hope that any students and indeed parents/carers who were suffering with illness last week feel better now.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan visit

On Wednesday 4 December we are lucky to have the former Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain professional rugby league player, Jamie Jones-Buchanan in school during the morning. Jamie will be given a tour of the school by our students and will get to meet some in small groups and individually as well. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Jamie into our school community and will share details and photographs via our Twitter feed.

Mock Election Wednesday 11 December

We are holding a Mock Election, the day before the General Election to give our students, who unfortunately don’t have a vote, the chance to have their voice heard. Ours is a four- party election and our candidates began to drum up support as they addressed students during assembly last week. As part of the BBC School Reporter programme, we also have a team of school reporters who are covering the mock election. We will keep you informed of our election fever through Twitter, where you will also be able to see the results of our mock election a day before the General Election.

On Friday 6 December we are also fortunate to have a member of the local Green Party visiting school to speak to students and answer their questions.

Key dates

If you did not receive a copy of the key dates for this year or you mislay your copy, it’s available online at Lawnswood School - School calendar

In the next couple of weeks, you may want to be aware of the following:

  • Tuesday 3 December   Year 9 Holocaust Trip (45 students)
  • Wednesday 4 December   Jamie Jones-Buchanan Visit
  • Friday 6 December  Green Party candidate visit after school
  • Tuesday 10 December  Year 7 Rewards afternoon (60 students)
  • Wednesday 11 December   Choir Trip to St James
  • Wednesday 11 December   Mock Election
  • Thursday 12 December PE Rewards Trip – KS3

Best wishes

Mrs J Bell

Lawnswood School continues to be a good school!

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