Freddie's Focus

For Parents & Carers

Freddie's Focus

For Parents & Carers

Things to celebrate

  • Congratulations to all students on a great start to the final half term.

  • This week, our Year 10 Geography students visited Clitheroe as part of their studies for this course.  We would like to congratulate all of the students who represented the school so well.

  • There are now 500 students who have signed up for the end of year trips which is wonderful.

School Reminders

  • Exam Punctuality

    We would like to remind all parents and carers of our Year 11 students that punctuality to examinations is paramount.

  • School Access

    Due to the current building work, we ask parents not to drive down Printshop Lane with the only exception being those who need to drop off or pick up disabled students or those with medical needs.

  • General Reminder

    We would like to remind all parents and carers of our mobile phone policy.  Mobile phones must remain switched off during school hours. This includes break and lunchtimes. Mobile phones are not allowed to be seen or heard on site – this is defined as ‘inside the school gates’. Any student seen using their mobile phone during school hours will have their phone confiscated. Phones must not be seen or heard. Your support is key and appreciated.

School Reminders

  • Exam Punctuality

    We would like to remind all parents and carers of our Year 11 students that punctuality to examinations is paramount.

  • School Access

    Due to the current building work, we ask parents not to drive down Printshop Lane with the only exception being those who need to drop off or pick up disabled students or those with medical needs.

  • General Reminder

    We would like to remind all parents and carers of our mobile phone policy.  Mobile phones must remain switched off during school hours. This includes break and lunchtimes. Mobile phones are not allowed to be seen or heard on site – this is defined as ‘inside the school gates’. Any student seen using their mobile phone during school hours will have their phone confiscated. Phones must not be seen or heard. Your support is key and appreciated.

Homework and Self-directed study

Students in Y7 and Y8 should be completing two ‘See Readers’ on their ‘Reading Plus’ each week. This should take 30 minutes as part of their English homework and our drive to improve reading standards.

Parents and carers can support by:

  • Discussing homework with their child in order to help and encourage them;

  • Checking their child’s homework when it has been completed – insist on high standards of presentation and remind them of our key question: ‘Is it excellent yet?’ 

  • Notifying the school of any issues or problems that may prevent the completion of homework.

Homework Club

Please remind your child that homework club is available to all students Monday-Thursday where they can complete work in a quiet environment with staff on hand to support them.

Personal Development

Another of our key character areas that we aim to develop is for our students to have Respect. If our students Respect others, they will form good relationships with each other and staff; this will help us to develop a cohesive and tolerant school community. We also want all students to feel that this is their school and they belong here

Please click on the button below for key information on respect and tips for developing this aspect of your child’s character.

Personal Development

Another of our key character areas that we aim to develop is for our students to have Respect. If our students Respect others, they will form good relationships with each other and staff; this will help us to develop a cohesive and tolerant school community. We also want all students to feel that this is their school and they belong here

Please click on the button below for key information on respect and tips for developing this aspect of your child’s character.

Message from the Headteacher

We continue to be concerned about the number of young people using electronic cigarettes or vapes within the local community. As a school, we need to be clear with all parents on the potential dangers of this habit.

Vaping can put nicotine into the body which is highly addictive and can slow brain development in young people – affecting memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention, and mood. Health experts have reported cases of serious lung damage in people who use e-cigarettes, and the long-term effects of this on children during crucial stages of their development remain unknown. Starting vaping can often lead to smoking cigarettes and ingesting other forms of dangerous chemicals which are unregulated and dangerous for children.

In my whole school assembly this week, the students were spoken to about these risks. I also advised students on the law, which is very clear on this matter. The police are able to confiscate e-cigarettes from anyone under the age of 16 if they are found to be carrying one in a public place, and schools must follow the same principles. It is also illegal for retailers to sell e-cigarettes or e-liquids to someone under 18, and for adults to buy (or try to buy) tobacco products or e-cigarettes for someone under 18. We would urge any parents who have information about e-cigarettes being sold to children in the local community to report this to the police for further investigation.

I thank you for your continued support in ensuring our school and local community remain places of which we can all be proud.

Mr Davies.