Weekly Update 13/01/2023
The spring term will be very busy for all of the year groups with much to get through in terms of the curriculum as well as many extra-curricular activities and events.
For our year 11 pupils we are now on the final run up to their important summer BTEC, Functional Skills and GCSE qualifications. This is their last full term before the exams start, therefore 100% attendance is a necessity. For all pupils, a positive attitude to learning is the key to success and alongside this, excellent attendance is very important; remember ‘every lesson counts’!
This term we have introduced our new assessment and recording system. The whole school now works with a program called BSquared. This enables pupils to progress on a constant framework across the school. Pupils are beginning to learn about their ‘steps’ and how they can make progress in each of their subjects. We will be holding a parent workshop soon, to enable parents and carers to fully understand the new system.
We would like to say thank you to the Neo Community for providing us with food supplies to share with our families. We still have quite a few items left, so please get in touch if you would like some more of the supplies.
Free School Meals (FSM)
The current situation regarding the cost of living is having a significant impact on the economy and our local community.
With this in mind, I would like to share with parents and carers the criteria for Free School Meals and urge you to apply if there is a chance you may be eligible if you access one or more of the following:
● Income Support
● Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
● Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
● The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
● Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross Income of
no more than £16,190)
● Working Tax Credit run-on
● Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400
(£616.67 per month)
We have a selection of cereals and bagels available every morning for all of our pupils. There is no need to book, the club runds between 8.45am to 9.10am.
Help for Households
The government has launched a website detailing a range of information on how families can apply for help and support during the cost of living crisis. Please take a look as you may be entitled to apply for support and discounts.