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I hope this letter finds you and your families well. This is to provide you with some important updates and changes.
Changes to school uniform from September 2021
Earlier in the academic year we wrote to you about our proposal to make an adjustment to the Fred Longworth High School uniform for girls by replacing the existing skirts. We have subsequently been working with our uniform suppliers to find an alternative that is both smart and appropriate for school. From September 2021 we will be phasing out the old skirts and replacing them with the new style “Freddies’ Dress”. Girls who do not wish to wear the dress have the option to wear trousers instead.
The design of the school tie is also changing and will need to be replaced by a new school tie for the start of the new term in September 2021. The year group colour is still denoted on the new tie as before but these are new velcro fastening ties.
Uniform expectations for the new Year 7
From September 2021, all students joining the school in Year 7 will be expected to wear the new tie and all girls either the new style dress or trousers. All items can be purchased from our usual suppliers.
Uniform expectations for all other year groups
We expect all students to be wearing the new ties in September; however, for the girls in all other year groups, their existing school skirts can be worn until September 2022. Given the current economic climate, we do not feel it is appropriate to insist that all other year groups switch to the new dress or trousers straight away. We appreciate that students already at school may yet have some additional wear out of their existing school skirts. As the girls grow out of their old skirts and need to replace them, the suppliers will only sell the new dress or trousers. By September 2022, we will expect all girls to be in the new dress (or trousers).
Further details about the uniform changes can be found on our website here.
Our launch of ‘Freddies’ Focus on the Stars’
In order to continue promoting a culture of excellence and celebration at Fred Longworth High School we have now launched ‘Freddies’ Focus on the Stars’. This takes place fortnightly and is shared with the students during a designated pastoral slot in form time.
All teachers, Heads of Year and members of the pastoral team choose the names of students who they feel are working to an excellent standard, making an excellent effort or are contributing something ‘above and beyond’ to our school community. Every student chosen for that fortnightly award will receive three rewards on our system.
If a student has achieved a Head of Year award they will be asked go to their Head of Year to receive a special Head of Year badge and certificate.
As Headteacher, I am also asking staff to nominate students who they feel deserve my Headteacher’s Award. This may be for a student who has gone ‘above and beyond’ for our school and/ or the wider community or someone who has made exceptional progress in a particular aspect of school life. I meet with my award winners and present them with their Headteacher badge and certificate. In the few weeks that I have been running this award, I have so far met with some amazing, talented and dedicated young people. They are truly inspirational and presenting the awards and talking to these young people is one of the highlights of my week.
We will share the names of all of our award winners fortnightly through our Instagram page- ‘ffonthestars’. You may also find ‘Freddies’ Focus on the Stars’ on our Facebook page.
Unfortunately, we continue to face disruption from Covid. You will be aware from earlier communications about the specific guidance for our region, which requires students to continue to wear face coverings in school. May I also take this opportunity to remind you of the need to continue home testing each Wednesday and Sunday and to report positive results to us by 6pm. Your support on all of these matters is very much appreciated