Tag Archives: Letters To Parents

Message from Ms Marooney

Dear Parents / Carers

Thank you for all of your support through what has been overall a highly successful but at times very hard year for us. What this year has done for us is to strengthen ever more our sense of team and community. Two recent whole school events have been so special; Sports Day and our sponsored walk. We saw outstanding performances, amazing teamwork, thought for others and as tutor groups within companies, opportunities for conversations and working together in different ways to usual.

For the staff and I these events, numerous celebration activities and end of year assessments have been so rewarding. Our focus on teaching, learning and leadership training and development is enhancing our work and the opportunity to work with other schools. We launch our ‘Research School’ in September and are excited about the potential this has to enrich our work and further develop the educational experience of your children. Another exciting development in relation to working with other schools will be the Laurels Primary School joining DMAT and working closely with us.

End of term arrangements – Tuesday 25 July

Dear Parent / Carer

End of term arrangements – Tuesday 25 July

It has been another busy and highly successful term here at Durrington High School. The last day of the summer term is Tuesday 25 July. The school will close early with students being dismissed at 12.15pm.

As in previous years, we continue to support the successful transition, of each year group, to the next, through a phased start in September.

Arrangements for the start of the Autumn Term 2017 are set out below.

Road safety – travelling to and from school

Dear Parent / Carer

We are immensely proud of our students and how they present themselves as active members of our local community, but there is an increasing level of concern regarding how they travel to and from school. I am writing in response to the significant increase in the number of concerns we have received from members of our local community regarding some of our students; a number of our staff too have witnessed these elements of this student behaviour.

Cycling to/from school

A significant number of the concerns raised by members of the community, centre on how our students are riding their bicycles. Students are regularly failing to adhere to the rules of the road, cycling in groups, spread across the road and often on the wrong side of the road. To contextualise this in 2016 there were on average two cycle deaths each week in the UK and a further 270 children and 2993 adult’s sustained serious injuries from cycling accidents. Furthermore there is a clear link between the use of safety equipment such as helmets and reduced chance of head injury. We therefore request that parents/carers ensure that their son/daughter is provided with and wears suitable protection including a helmet, each and every day when riding to and from school. We don’t want one of our students and you wouldn’t want your son/daughter to become one of these statistics. As a school we provide all students with a locker so they can safely store helmets during the school day.

Year 11 summer ball

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of the examination period for our Year 11 students, we begin to turn our attention to the Summer Ball which is the well-deserved celebration of our Year 11’s time with us at Durrington. As we are now just matter of days from the Summer Ball and I am writing to confirm the final arrangements for both parents / carers and students for the event. As you will be aware, the Summer Ball is being held this year at the Avisford Park Hilton Hotel, Arundel on the 27th June. The ball will be hosted in the Grand Hall at the far end of the hotel building and this fantastic venue is a very fitting place to hold a formal celebration for the students and staff.

All students have paid for their ticket and received a receipt of their payment through Parentmail. Following the Leavers Assembly on Tuesday 27th of June in the Hall, students will have the opportunity to collect their Summer Ball ticket. Tickets will only be issued once students have been formally signed off, having sat their exams appropriately, returned all textbooks and school resources including their Library books. Please be aware that entrance to the Summer Ball is by ticket only.

All year round sports facilities for hire

Dear Parent / Carer

Are you looking to set up a new fitness class or thinking of turning your current recreational club into something regular. Do you have access to the facilities you need? We welcome new users to the school.

If you, or you know of a club or charity looking for a new venue please share our details. It’s not just our students who benefit from the superb facilities; we continue to provide our school for hire to the community. We’ve developed lots of links to local teams, clubs and groups and played our part in making Durrington High a sports environment to thrive.

Whether it’s for competitive sport, drama, a fitness class to conference facilities we’ll have a room to accommodate your needs and all at an affordable cost.

INSET day – Wednesday 28 June 2017

Dear Parent / Carer   INSET day – Wednesday 28 June 2017 A reminder that the school is closed for students on Wednesday 28 June 2017 for a staff training day.     Yours sincerely Mr S Allison Deputy Headteacher

Attendance matters

Dear Parent/Carer

It is fantastic to see at this point of the year we have a large majority of students in each year group with an attendance figure of above 96% and a significant number still maintaining 100% attendance. As you are aware, there is clear link between attendance and student achievement. We therefore appreciate your on-going support in ensuring your son/daughter(s) are in school as much as possible so we can help them reach their full potential.

OFSTED visit report; 22 March 2017

Dear parents/carers

I am delighted to share our excellent recent OFSTED visit report; 22 March 2017. As ever we are so proud of our students and you will see many of their strengths and successes are highlighted in the report. Your continued support is a key factor in our success as a school so that we can give your children the best possible education. As you know, we have an amazing staff team of highly skilled professionals who constantly ‘go beyond their best, go that extra mile/s’ to give your children what they deserve. Many of you wrote in during the inspection to pass on your thanks, which means such a lot. Our last whole school OFSTED inspection was in June 2010 and as you are aware, our school has improved year on year since then. There have also been many changes in the way in which inspections are carried out and for good schools, such as ourselves, the new system focuses on short inspections; (a snapshot based on prior data) with two inspectors spending a day in school.

I have chosen a selection of key quotes from the report which we should all be proud of and they are representative of what every student, parent, staff or governor would want for their school.

Final revision opportunities for year 11

Dear Parent / Carer

Final revision opportunities for year 11

As you know we have been putting a range of opportunities in place to support our students in their preparation for GCSE examinations. All students should now be revising every night. Please encourage your children to attend the revision classes which are running before and / or after school each day.

Formal GCSE written examinations begin in the week of Monday 15 May and run until Monday 26 June. This letter is to make clear the expectations we have of our students after 12 May.

All lessons continue as normal until Friday 12 May.

From 15 May to 26 June

Up until 12 May the Year 11 timetable will continue as normal. From 15 May the normal teaching timetable will continue to run and during this period students will be expected to attend their lessons until they have sat the final paper in that subject. They need to arrive in school for 9.05 and will register in their period 1 lesson. There is no need to attend either morning or afternoon registration with their form tutor.

When their final examination in a subject is complete they no longer need to attend those lessons and will have the choice to leave the site and go home or go to the Pavilion to complete personal revision in subjects of their choice (the LRA will also be available for students as an overflow option). They will be expected to bring their own revision material to these venues and will not be allowed to go and ask staff for work and so disturb other lessons. In non-exam classes, students should attend lessons until they have finished all the necessary work. Staff will make this clear to students, but if in doubt please contact subject staff.

End of term arrangements – Friday 7 April 2017

Dear Parent / Carer

End of term arrangements – Friday 7 April 2017

It has been another busy and successful term here at Durrington High School. The last day of the spring term is Friday 7 April and the school will close early with students being dismissed at 12.25pm.

As always, I would like to thank you for your on-going support and wish you all an enjoyable and restful spring break and we look forward to seeing students back at school on Monday 24 April at 8.40am.

Ofsted Inspection 22.03.2017

Dear Parent / Carer

RE: Ofsted Inspection 22.03.2017

Just a brief note, to thank you for your on-going support and comments to Ofsted.

As ever I am so proud of our Durrington team and the two inspectors who visited us yesterday were extremely impressed. Once we receive the official feedback from Ofsted, I will write to you again, to share the details.

Inspection of Durrington High School by Ofsted

Dear Parent or Carer

Inspection of Durrington High School by Ofsted

We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 22 March 2017. The lead inspector will be Anne Turner. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child’s school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

Friday 24th March – Comic Relief MUFTI day

Dear Parent / Carer

Friday 24thth March – Comic Relief MUFTI day

As I am sure you are aware Friday 24th March is Comic Relief. This 24 hour period of fundraising supports numerous charities both within the United Kingdom and abroad and relies on school and local communities working together to raise funds. At Durrington High School will be holding a MUFTI day on Comic Relief day with students allowed to wear non-school uniform.

STEM Week Durrington High School 13 – 17 March

Dear Parent/Carer

STEM Week Durrington High School 13- 17 March

In aid of British Science week, Durrington High School is having its very own STEM week (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths). During the week there will be various workshops, guest speakers, competitions and some creative STEM based lessons in all subject areas. This is all in aid of raising the profile of STEM, inspiring key stage 3 students to continue studying STEM subjects, discover career opportunities and identify the steps needed to reach their aspirations.

Response to National Funding Formula and school funding

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Response to National Funding Formula and school funding

You will know that our children’s educational future is being put at risk by the savage funding cuts that are being put forward by the Government and the Department for Education. School leaders from Cornwall to Norfolk and all parts in between are saying the same thing – we can’t all be wrong!

In short, the new National Funding Formula (NFF) provides some increased money to some schools, but large numbers of schools also miss out. Crucially, however, even those schools that seem to get more under the NFF will find that their budgets go down in real terms because of hidden costs such as National Insurance and pension payments that every school has to pay.

An Evening at the West End

Dear Parents / Carers, Staff and Governors

An Evening at the West End – Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th April 2017

We are delighted to inform you of our forthcoming production of ‘An Evening at the West End’.

The performing arts department have been working with the Durrington High School students to put on a show from three of the best loved musicals of the West End; Grease, Matilda and The Phantom of the Opera. The production will be taking place on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th April 2017 and will start at 6:30pm.

HPV immunisations

Dear Parent / Carer

I am writing to inform you of the arrangements made by the local health authority for the HPV immunisation. Details about the immunisation, importance to girls’ health, together with the consent form, are enclosed in the envelope.

The dates for the immunisation are as follows:

Session One Wednesday 26th April 2017

Session Two To be confirmed

WorthLess? Campaign

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: School Funding 2017 onwards

Please find attached a copy of a very important letter to our local MPs relating to school funding both now and in the future.

Sadly, emergency funding is yet to be offered to our chronically underfunded schools. Of equal concern is the fact that current proposals in the new National Funding Formula do not provide anything like the necessary uplift in funding that is required. As a result, schools across West Sussex (and in many other counties) are unable to have adequate levels of staffing and are seeing class sizes increase. Vital pastoral support and counselling services are being diminished and there is not enough money for basic equipment in many schools.

We continue to lobby the Department for Education and at two recent meetings we have highlighted the need for a much better funding settlement. Many of you have also contacted our local MP to raise your concerns – this is much appreciated.

Attendance matters

Dear Parent / Carer

As we reach the mid-point of the academic year we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support with student attendance & punctuality. Our whole school attendance is currently 95.2% and we are looking forward to seeing this improve upwards over the rest of the academic year.

We are pleased to inform you of the following:
•Almost 70% of students have a current attendance of above 95%.
•Just below 50% of students have maintained an attendance figure of 98% or above for the year so far.
•The number of students late to school on a regular basis continues to decrease since September.

Why is good attendance and punctuality so important?

Regular attendance and punctuality to school and to lessons is essential for all of our students to make good progress, achieve their academic potential and in turn have better chances in life. Irregular attendance can disrupt the learning cycle and be detrimental to student progress, leading to underachievement.

Year 11 Study Skills Workshop – Thursday 9 March 2017

Dear Parent / Carer

As our year 11 students approach their final exams in the summer, it is vital that they are fully equipped with all the necessary knowledge and skills. A large part of this success will be down to how effectively they manage their time, and implement an effective revision programme, in the run up to the summer exams. Learning how to revise effectively is a key part of this. In order to support our students, we have recruited the help of ‘Learning Performance’, the largest study skills company in the UK. Their highly-skilled staff have an excellent track record of working with students to help them develop these skills and so maximise their potential. You can find out more about their work at – www.learningperformance.com