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After School Supervision

After School Supervision

 

 

Dear Parent or Carer                                                                                                                                                             Letter to parents 30th January 201730th January 2017

There are a number of issues I wish to bring to your attention at this time.

After School Supervision

We love our students to stay after school to get some additional support from teachers, involve themselves in sport and
other activities, or just to get some of their homework done. We are really happy to have their company but it is essential
that all students in school after 3:05pm are registered in a session so we know who is in the building should there be an
emergency situation.
There are four possibilities for students staying after the end of the school day:
1. Attendance at a support session, club or training
Students will be registered by the teacher running the session. Support sessions, training and clubs normally
finish between 4:30pm and 5:30pm and students should leave the school site at that time.
2. Doing homework or private study in B12
Students will be registered by the supervising member of staff. Supervision ends at 4:30pm, after which students
should leave the school site.
3. Attendance at Homework 6.
Students are registered and supervised until the end of the session, after which they should leave the school site
4. Detention.
Students will be registered and supervised until the end of the detention, after which they should leave the school
site.
It is essential that we know who is on the premises at all times. Therefore, it is not possible for students to remain at
school without supervision or after the end of the activities outlined above for reasons of health and safety.
Before School Supervision
Students are welcome on the school site from 8am when the ‘breakfast club’ opens and students can be supervised in
that area. Although teachers start to arrive from well before 8 o’clock they are not responsible for supervision before the
start of the school day so please avoid sending your child into school before the breakfast club starts.
That snowy Friday!
Thank you to the great majority of parents who managed to get their child to school on Friday 13th January despite the
snow, ice and resultant problems on the roads. I was very grateful to the site team and some of my local staff for being in
school at 6am to clear pathways and ensure the site was usable and safe. Unfortunately, quite a number of parents who
live locally declined to send their child to school and that is a pity given the efforts of all the staff (some of whom travel a
very long distance to get to work) to make sure the school was warm and safe. Next time it snows, please be assured we
will only open the school if we deem it safe to do so. Further, should we experience heavy snowfall during a school day,
we will always be in touch with local transport, and should it become apparent that journeys home are likely to be affected,
we will start to dismiss students early to ensure they can reach home safely.
Hoodies
Our dress code is clear in that students are not permitted to wear hoodies to school. Any student wearing a hoodie will be
asked to take it off. Persistent offenders will be required to hand in hoodies at the start of the day and collect them at the
end.
Requests for absence for the purpose of a holiday
I fully understand why parents are attracted to booking holidays out of the school holiday periods because of the lower
prices; however I am not able to authorise them. Absences can only be authorised for reasons of illness/medical, religious
observance, marriage/funeral of immediate relatives and some other ‘exceptional’ situations. We publish our holiday dates
well in advance and I urge you to please book your family holidays within them.
Parental Surveys
Finally, I sent out links to surveys for parents in Years 7 – 11 last week. Thank you to the many parents who have
completed them; if you have not yet had a chance there is still time as I will leave them open until Friday, February 3rd.
In case you can’t find the letter with the link here they are. (The surveys are all the same but by separating them into year
groups I can identify any issues which affect particular years.)
Year 7 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6HFN3LC
Year 8 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/93VZJ3K
Year 9 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/93ZW56Q
Year 10 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9GYQWFQ
Year 11 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9GHDD22

Thank you for your continuing support of Holcombe.

Yours sincerely

Juliet Diaz
Principal