Dear Parents/Carers

It is with pleasure that I write to invite you to a Beginning of Year Service at St Mary Redcliffe Church on Wednesday 13 September at 7.00pm. We have long recognised the support given to the School by our parents/carers, and we hope that a special service to mark the beginning of a new school year will be as appropriate as the ones on 6 September for students in Years 8-11 and the one on 7 September for Year 7. The school has worshipped in St Mary Redcliffe Church for over four hundred years, so we are especially keen for our Parents/Carers to experience worship in this very special building. The service will last approximately 35 minutes, followed by the activities described below.

We invite all Year 10 Parents/Carers to continue on to an information session about the GCSE curriculum and coursework, starting at 7.45pm in the School Hall (enter across the bridge).  We know from past experience how important it is for parents/carers to be aware of the expectations of the GCSE examination system and to be in a position to support their children in coping with the demands of coursework.  The evening will provide an opportunity for parents/carers to consider any general matters of concern regarding coursework, and we will also provide an introduction to expected progress from Year 9 to GCSE and the opportunities for study beyond the age of 16.  If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to come to school from 7.35pm onwards.  If you cannot attend the evening, your son or daughter will be issued with the relevant information through their tutor.

We invite all Y7 Parents/Carers to continue on to an information session about the role of the tutor, attendance and how to support their children’s learning, starting at 7.45pm in the School Lower Dining Hall (enter via the steps down next to main car park). The evening will be led by Mr Pike (Head of James House), Mrs Roberts (Deputy Head of James House) and Mr Shaw (Deputy Headteacher).  It will provide an opportunity for parents/carers to ask questions about our policy and practice and to seek reassurance about the induction process.

Both evenings are intended for parents/carers and talks will be directed to parents/carers.

I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Yours sincerely

Mrs E A Gilpin

Headteacher