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17 January 2020

Dear parent / carer

Happy New Year to you and your families. Whilst it seems late in the year to wish you a happy new year, I have not had the opportunity to do so as yet. I hope you had a lovely holiday and a happy new year celebration.

My update this week includes a few pieces of information for you, some requests and some celebrations.

Fundraising update

At the end of term, we encouraged students to join the staff in wearing a Christmas jumper to raise funds for Save the Children. I am delighted to share with you that we raised £826.34 as a school. Our students, led by the student leaders in their year group are extremely dedicated to raising money for their chosen charities and we are very proud of their efforts.

Year 11 Mock Exam Results

Before Christmas our Year 11s sat their mock exams to prepare them for their real exams in the summer. Yesterday they received the results in the same way that they will in the summer. If you are a parent of a Year 11 student they will have hopefully shown you and discussed with you their mock exam results; these are purely what they would get if they sat the exam now, they are not what we think they will achieve in the summer. A progress report will be sent to you next week, this will include a predicted grade. A predicted grade is what their teachers think they will achieve in the summer if they continue working as they are currently. Should you have any questions about your child’s progress, please contact Mr Rhodes, Head of Year 11.

Year 11 Revision Carousel Evening, 3-4pm

In order to help you to support your child with their revision we are running an event on 28 January between 3.00pm and 4.00pm, this is a change from the previously published time. The carousel will give you the opportunity to talk to subject specific teachers for you to learn what specific strategies you can employ to support your child at this important time.

Traffic around the school site

We need your support to ensure your children are safe on their way to and from school. If you drop your children off or pick your children up at Spen Road or Spen Gardens please be mindful of where you park and how you indicate to show your intention to park. We have staff on duty and we have also asked our Safer School’s Officer to support in the morning too in an attempt to ensure our students’ safety.

In collaboration with the highways agency and our local councillor we have applied for the yellow zig zag school road markings, which should help to remind drivers that they are near a school and provide a clear and safer space for our students to cross the road.

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

For the next few weeks ahead, you may want to be aware of the following:

  • Wednesday 22 January           Year 9 Options Evening, 5.00-7.00pm.
  • Thursday 23 January               Year 11 Devised Drama Performance, 6.00-7.00pm
  • Monday 27 January                  Year 11 Sixth Form Interviews begin
  • Tuesday 28 January                 KS5 Parents’ Evening, 5.00-7.00pm for Ralph Thoresby and Lawnswood students at Lawnswood School.
  • Wednesday 29 January           Y11 Parent Revision Carousel Evening, 3.00-4.00pm
  • Thursday 30 January                Year 10 Target Setting Evening, 6.00-7.00pm

Best wishes

Mrs J Bell Headteacher

Lawnswood School continues to be a good school!

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