On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th
of January 2018, Marlwood School will host a visit from Ofsted HMI. This is the first of the monitoring visits
that are part of the support given to a school in Special Measures.
It will be an opportunity for the school to
demonstrate how it has and is tracking the areas for improvement identified in
last year’s inspection.
If you are a registered parent/carer of a
student at Marlwood School you can complete the Parent View Survey at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk
A LEVEL EXAMINATIONS
A Level Summer 2018 examination time tables have been uploaded to the website
for your information.
to parents and carers who attended the Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Monday. If you were unable to attend you can access
the Powerpoint presentation delivered by Assistant Headteacher, Mr Emery below:
We were overwhelmed by all of your generous donations for our Winter Warmer
House Challenge. A representative from the Julian Trust Night Shelter came to receive
our gifts just before Christmas and filled her car to the max and had to return
later with a van!
us about her experiences there and why she volunteers and how daily many are
turned away through lack of beds. The students asked mature and thought
provoking question and made us very proud. They also wrote anonymous words to
comfort to pop into pockets and gloves.
special thanks go to families for supporting students in this challenge and to
the 5 overall winners from Houses for bringing in the most bags of winter
warmers, several who had collected in from their extended families and
Thank you and well done!
IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER
We have been fortunate in the recent
batch of bad weather that we did not need to close the school.
You will know that many school
nationally did decide to close and I thought it might be useful to explain the
factors schools consider when making what can be a very difficult decision.
staff safely travel to the school site?
Many staff travel a significant distance to get to work. If they are unable to travel safely then
they often have to make the difficult decision themselves not to travel to
work. This reduces the ability of
the school to supervise students safely.
child care arrangements: Many staff
have young children of their own and may be in a position where their
child care provider or children’s primary school is closed
Safety: This can be the most
challenging factor. Can the school
site be made safe for students and staff?
Slippery pathways are a real challenge. Students will also want to take
advantage of snowy conditions and have snowball fights, whilst the grit
previously laid can result in injury.
transport to and from school: Many
of our students catch buses and public transport. These companies themselves have to make
decisions on whether they can operate a full service. Parents will also have to decide if it
is safe to transport their children to school – this can be especially
difficult when police advise only to make essential journeys.
walking in can also be dangerous.
Please be assured that in deciding to
close the school, all of these factors will have been considered. We are aware of the difficulty this can
create for parents of younger children who may need to miss work themselves.
If at all possible we will give the
earliest indication as to whether we will close or if possible open later to
facilitate travel. Please look out for
messages on the school website, on twitter, the South Gloucestershire school
status list (http://essential.southglos.gov.uk/schoolstatus/)
and a text will be sent home.
I sincerely hope this will be our only
period of difficult conditions this year
SUBJECT PARENTS' EVENING - YEARS 7 - 11
Thursday 11th January, we are holding a subject evening between
4.30-7.00pm. The aim for this evening is
for students along with parents/carers to have an opportunity to meet with
subject teachers to discuss specific questions around students’ progress and to
seek advice on how to improve. The evening has been arranged in response to
parental feedback and is an additional event to the Parental Consultation days
which are scheduled for Tuesday 6th March and Wednesday, 11th July.
evening will take place in the Drama Hall and students can make appointments
directly with their teachers. The evening will in particular be a great
opportunity for students in Years 11 to 9 to discuss the first round of
pre-public examinations that took place during Term 2.
forward to seeing you on the 11th and trust that this evening will prove
valuable in ensuring your son’s/daughter’s continuing progress.
back to Term 3 and for our students. Staff enjoyed a positive training day yesterday.
We hope that you have all had a restful
Christmas and a Happy New Year.