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Dear Parents and Guardians

Guidance concerning age-appropriate literature and controversial subject matter.

Our Learning Resource Centre has recently purchased some new and exciting books for students to borrow. We would like to draw to your attention that some of these books contain topics relating to mental health, race, gender, religion and bullying. Some titles contain swearing.

When a student chooses a book from our LRC we do our best to advise them on the suitability of their choices. We endeavour to highlight any controversial content by means of a conversation at check-out; however, as we aim to cultivate a love of reading, ultimately the choice of book remains with the student. If you have concerns relating to your child’s book choice, we would be grateful if you could please begin with a conversation with your child about choosing a different genre and pointing them in the direction of the LRC at school for further help with their selection.

Yours Faithfully

September 2021
Dear Parent/Carer,
Y11 Careers Support

Continuing on from the Y10 careers fortnight events, I would now like to make you aware of our Y11 careers programme to further support your child’s next steps into education, employment and training.

Access to impartial careers information, direct knowledge of the different pathways, and the options available are an essential element to ensure your child makes an informed choice, it is therefore essential that your child participates and takes advantage of all of the support available to them.

Our careers office is based in the main school building, room 0.29 and is available to your child before and after school and via ‘drop-in’ during break and lunch time.

As your child moves into early adulthood we encourage the use of communication systems such as email and Teams.  We post a variety of careers information, guidance and opportunities on these two main systems. Please encourage your child to use and check these systems regularly for updates.

Our planned careers events during Y11 include:

SEPTEMBER– In-School Parent Information Evening
Y11 Parent Information Evening – During this evening parents get the
opportunity to speak to our careers team and external organisations regarding continued impartial support offers and different pathway opportunities.

SEPTEMBER – Assembly
Y11 Options, Pathways and Choices Assembly – Students are provided with
information of the different options, courses and providers, and details about
apprenticeships and support on offer.

1:1 Guidance meeting – Every student has a meeting with our qualified and impartial careers advisors to discuss their career ideas and support their plans.

NOVEMBER In-School Event
Y11 Choices event – All local colleges, training providers and apprenticeship training providers are invited into school so students can speak to representatives and find out what is available after Y11.  Students will have access during school hours and parents 3-4pm drop- in. Parent letter to follow with further information and attendance confirmation.

Apprenticeship Assembly – Students get more in-depth information on apprenticeships and what they need to do to prepare.

JANUARY   After-School Sessions
Apprenticeship Sessions – Students who intend on making apprenticeship applications this year, sign up for these sessions which show students how to search and apply for vacancies and how to tackle different recruitment methods.

JANUARY Assembly
National Citizenship Service (NCS) Assembly – Students find out about this fabulous summer, community programme and how they can participate.

MARCH – Saturday Out-School Event
Middleton Grange Shopping Centre Careers Event – This event gives parents and students the opportunity to meet colleges and training providers and employers face-to-face in the convenient setting of the towns shopping centre.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs Liddell
Head of Careers and Work-Related Learning

Dear Parent/Carer
We would like to invite you to a charity coffee morning in school.  In previous years we have raised fund for local Charities. As the world starts to recover from the pandemic and return to a more normal life we would like to maintain our support for a local charity to be voted by students. We would love for you to come along and support the event.

As a parent/carer of a student who is new to the school, we thought it would also be a wonderful opportunity for you to visit us, get to know the school a little more and to see your child in their new environment.  The event will run from 9:30 – 11:00 on Friday, 1st October in St. Anne’s Hall and you should report to main school reception. There is no need to purchase a ticket in advance however there will be an opportunity to donate to the charity on the day.

If you are interested in coming along could you please complete the electronic response from using the link: https://forms.office.com/r/Zquij6yJQb Please include the name of your child who will be invited to join you at breaktime.

This is the ideal opportunity to raise some money for some worthy causes whilst spending time together as a community.

Please note you should not access school site if you are showing any Covid-19 symptoms and if you are able can you complete a Lateral Flow Test prior to the event taking place.

Yours faithfully,
Mr K Oxberry
House Leader Blessed John Ingram

Dear Year 13,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you to tell you that our plans to celebrate you leaving can now no longer go ahead due to the extended restrictions. We proposed these plans in good faith and are beyond disappointed that we are having to communicate their cancellation to you in this way.
In terms of the liturgy, because you would be coming into school and this would be governed by the rules for communal worship, the guidance dictates that we would have to insist on social distancing and would only be able to be in groups of 6 in a venue large enough to ensure this, which just isn’t possible. We feel that this, along with the fact we couldn’t sing or interact in the normal way, really deflects from the whole point of the day – which is to come together in celebration and fun.
To add to this disappointment, we are unable to go ahead with our booking at the Staincliffe or even a celebration in college for similar reasons (social distancing, limits to numbers, no music / singing).
I cannot begin to tell you how sad the Sixth Form Team and the rest of the staff are about this – many of whom had planned to join us at the celebration. We wanted to give you the send- off you deserved and feel as frustrated as you will that Covid has prevented yet another important event in your journey with us from going ahead.
We are asking that you to continue to send your contributions / photos for the Yearbook which we want to give to you as a gift / free of charge when you come to collect your results in the summer. We will also be sending you a small token to mark how proud we are of each and every one of you, your efforts and your hard work during these unprecedented times. You will always be a very special year group and one we will hold close to our hearts forever.
I look forward to seeing you on results day and we will communicate information about this with you in due course.
With every best wish,
Mrs Hogarth and the Sixth Form Team

Dear Parent/Carer

The new AQA A Level specification requirements are that all students will spend 4 days in the field collecting data to complete their NEA project. The Geography Fieldwork Investigation, also known as the Non-Examined Assessment (NEA), is an Independent Investigation, worth 20% of the A-level.

Students will complete the first two fieldwork ‘taster days’ on Thursday 8th July and Friday 9th July. The Human Fieldwork will take place in Durham and the Physical fieldwork will take place at Coatham Sands sand dunes, near Redcar. Students will be transported in the school minibus.

We will be leaving school at 9am on both days and will return for 3pm. Students will be working outdoors and must be dressed appropriately for potential inclement weather. Students will certainly require a packed lunch for the sand dune fieldwork day as there will not be anywhere to purchase food. Plenty of drinks must be carried by students. Students must ensure that they carry all personal medications on their person – inhalers for example. Decisions about which location will be visited on which day will be decided by the weather forecast

Students must take this fieldwork experience very seriously as their final result depends on the quality learning taking place on these two days.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.
Mrs A Martindale
Head of Geography.

Dear Parent/Carer

Shortly we intend to take all Year 10 GCSE Geography students on a field visit to collect information for their Paper 3 exam in June 2022. The Geographical Application section of the exam contributes 30% of the total marks for the Geography GCSE. Class teachers will advise students which day their class will be going on the trip.

The dates for the visits:
Tuesday 29th June Mr Nicholson 10D/G1 & Mrs Martindale 10D/G2
Wednesday 30th June Mr Spoors 10C/G1 & Mr Frettsome 10C/G2
Thursday 1st July Mr Spoors 10A/G1 & Mr Nicholson 10B/G1

The visit is compulsory for all GCSE Geography students and will be to the coast at Seaham. The aim of the visit is to investigate both human and physical aspects of Geography in the field. Your son/daughter will also be able to develop skills such as field-sketching and data collection.

The coach will depart from school at approximately 9.15am and return before 3.00 pm. Students must wear clothing and footwear suitable for outdoor activities and the possibility of inclement weather. Wellington boots are ideal for the group activities on the beach. The students should also bring a small back pack, pens and pencils, packed lunch and water to drink.

The nature of the day means that at times, your son/daughter will be working at the water’s edge. They may also be working on Seaham Front in groups without direct supervision. Impeccable behaviour will be expected at all times.

The Geography Department is asking for a voluntary contribution of £5.00 for the visit. We ask that all payments are paid through the Parentpay system. You can log into Parentpay at www.parentpay.co.uk using your unique login and password. If you have any problems with Parentpay, please contact Miss Tait at finance@ems.bhcet.org.uk for help making sure you include your child’s name, D.O.B and form group in the email. If paying this contribution is a concern please contact me at school in confidence and we will make an alternative arrangement to fund a place for your child.

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to a successful visit. Please do not hesitate to contact me at school if you have any queries regarding this matter.

Mrs A Martindale


Dear Parent of Year 11 student

Your child’s time at secondary school has almost come to an end, and they are now looking forward to a well-deserved summer break.  I would like to make you aware of some activities that they may be interested in, and also to give detail of our continued support to them, throughout this time.

If your child would like to continue their personal development and careers preparations during the summer holidays, please consider the National Citizenship Service (NCS) https://wearencs.com/  Alternatively, they can continue with the work experience opportunities shared to them on their Year11 Careers Teams portal.

My support is available to your child throughout the summer term therefore if you, or they, have any queries or require any careers advice or support I can be contacted via the school teams, telephone, by email or meeting by arrangement.

We regularly monitor our careers services provided to our students, and parents perspective is critical to this audit.  This is to ensure we continue to improve and provide impartial careers support which is both useful and purposeful to you and your child.  With that in mind I would be grateful if you could log into and complete our careers and guidance survey.   https://forms.office.com/r/yLhjMSFg3d

As we progress beyond this year, we would love to hear about your child’s career journey and success. If you would like us to follow their careers success, please ask them to provide us with their personal email and keep us updated and email is as we would be thrilled to see how they are progressing with your career and would love for them to a part of our growing alumni.

May we take this opportunity to wish them well with their future plans and to say that it has been a privilege to work with them.

Mrs J Liddell
Head of Careers and Work-Related Learning