The July Newsletter is avaiable to view here.

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you know, at SMRT we are always seeking the highest standards in all areas of School life.  This, of course, includes student uniform.  We are back to full school uniform from the 05 September 2018, including ties and blazers.  Many of you will be buying new uniform over the summer and some may need to do so before the end of this school year.  With this in mind, I felt it timely to offer some key reminders around our uniform so that our standards are fully met.

The full uniform guidance can be found here on the school website:

It is worth drawing your attention to a couple of key areas which we are particularly keen to emphasise so as not to cause any unnecessary issues in September:

• Shoes.  Students must wear correct footwear.  Shoes should be leather or leather-style and be of a formal nature.  Any type of trainer or canvas shoe is unacceptable.  There are obviously numerous interpretations of what, exactly, classes as a ’trainer’.  Discussions of this sort are time-consuming and unhelpful.  I ask for your support in avoiding such conversations by ensuring that any footwear purchased is fit for purpose. I have encouraged students, as well as our new Year 7 parents, to work on the premise that if something looks like trainer/canvas shoe, then it is not acceptable. As far as I am aware, sportswear companies such as Nike, Reebok, Slazenger etc do not produce formal shoes therefore should clearly be avoided. Another helpful guidance question may be ‘would you wear these to a job interview?’ If the answer is no then they are also not appropriate for school.  Some examples of acceptable/unacceptable footwear are provided below.

• Trousers.  Similarly, trousers must be formal. Jeans-style trousers or leggings are not acceptable. Again, I would encourage you to work on the premise that if the items look like jeans or leggings then they are not acceptable. Trousers must be charcoal in colour. Black trousers are not permitted

• Jewellery is NOT allowed, other than a wrist watch. If you wish for your child to have their ears pierced, this should be done at the start of the summer holiday as they will not be allowed to wear studs or sleepers in school.

• You can purchase a sleeveless school jumper. Many students find these to be more comfortable during the warmer months.

• If you do have any uniform that your child has grown out of, that you would be happy to give back to the school, please do hand it in to reception as this helps keep costs down for others.

Students who are not in correct uniform risk being placed in detentions or even isolated.

Thank you for your support in this matter.
Yours sincerely,
Simon Shaw
Deputy Headteacher


Please find attached below some examples of shoe styles that are/are not acceptable. Obviously, this list is not exhaustive but may offer some useful guidance. 


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Details for Activities Week, including the travel details for all residential groups, can be found in the attachments below.


Dear Parent/Carer


As we approach the end of this term, I would like to thank you for all the support which you have given the school throughout this academic year.

I would also like to give you information about the end of this term and the start of the next academic year.


• Term ends on Tuesday 24 July. Monday 23 July and Tuesday 24 July will be Week 2 timetable
On Tuesday 24 July, students will take part in our End of Term Service at 09.10 – 10.30 in the Church. They will attend periods 2 and 3. The school day will finish at 14.00.

• The 2018/19 Autumn Term begins for students on Wednesday 05 September. They should be in full school, not summer, uniform equipped with a pencil case and £3.50 for their Student Planner. They will not need any school books or sports kit.
They should arrive at the following times:
08.30: Students in Years 7, 8 and 9
09.55: Students in Years 10 and 11
The day will end for all students at 14.25
Thursday 06 September will run as a normal School day: from 08.30 until 15.15.


I would like to thank you for the outstanding support which you give us in working together to provide the very best education for your child/children. I wish you a restful summer.


Yours Sincerely

Mr. S Shaw

Deputy Headteacher

The June Newsletter is now available to view here.

There seem to be so many different social networking apps, games and online platforms that it can be difficult for parents and carers to keep on top of it all. From time to time I post links to resources that might be of use to parents and carers, such as the recent material on Fortnite (which is very popular amongst our students) but I don’t want to bombard you with too much information. If you feel you want to get better informed about a particular social media app the UK Safer Internet Centre has a useful page which gives an overview of some of the main ones. You can find it here:

Similarly, the National Online Safety Centre (who published the Fortnite guide which I shared in a previous post) provide detailed guides for parents and carers for whole range of platforms. You can find those here:

Mr Taylor

Assistant Head (Achievement Interventions)



Songs of Praise Flyer


We are holding a special service of hymns, songs and readings to celebrate 50 years of SMRT School on Sunday 17 June at 3:30pm. It is also a chance to mark Mr Stevens’s contribution to the worship of the school as he retires at the end of this term. All members of the school past and present, along with your families, are invited. The church is a wonderful, large space so the more the merrier. There will be refreshments afterwards to catch up with friends old and new.

The May Newsletter is now available here.
From Tuesday 8 May (immediately after the first May Bank Holiday) students may wear summer uniform. Please see the Uniform page for further details.
The April Newsletter is now available to view here.