Year 9 - Letter to Parents - End of Year Letter

Posted: 04/07/2016

As your son/daughter is approaching the final Key Stage at Idsall School; I wanted to take this opportunity to update you with the latest information regarding policies and procedures at Idsall. There are a few points that I would like to raise before your son/daughter starts year 10. 

Many subjects set pupils based upon their academic ability. School policy dictates that these sets are by no means permanent and are subject to change.  Each department will assess pupils throughout the year and may change the set that your son/daughter has been placed in based on each pupil’s individual learning needs. Pupils are also placed within an X or Y year half – which is made of a combination of pupils from the current A and & year halves. It may be that I take the decision to rearrange tutor groups or to swap pupils year halves if I feel that this would help promote a more effective learning experience. Therefore, it is important for your son/daughter to understand that if he/she wishes to stay within his/her friendship group that his/her behaviour, attitude and effort are consistently of a good standard.

Please be aware of the procedure should you wish to speak to a teacher, or if you need to pass on information/discuss an issue relating to your son/daughter.  In the first instance, please contact the main office where your call will be appropriately directed.  Subject specific queries will go to the class teacher; communication relating to your son or daughters day-to-day well- being will be passed to his/her tutor or Mr Lamb, who is the Student Support Manager for Key Stage 4, who will liaise with me in due course as necessary. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to see a member of staff if you arrive at school without an appointment because they have full-time teaching commitments.   Should you need to speak to someone regarding an urgent matter, you will be referred to Mr Lamb, the Key Stage 4 Support Manager, who is office based.   He will subsequently liaise with me and I will decide upon the best course of action in relation to your concern.

With the summer holidays fast approaching, we are aware that a lot of parents buy new uniform for their son/daughter ready for the next academic year. With this in mind, we would like to remind you of some of the key aspects from the school’s uniform policy (a full copy of which can be found on the Idsall School website under the parent’s section )

Skirts must be appropriate for work in terms of material, style and length. Skirts should be straight and not tightly tailored or of a stretchy ‘lycra’ type material. Skirts must be worn on the knee and not of high-waisted style. Splits should be of an appropriate length for school”. We would request that you kindly avoid purchasing any skirts that are too tight or too short so that your daughter is able to be presentable in school.

School trousers should be plain black, loose fitting with a straight leg with a front fastening. They should have a single button at the waist and a concealed zip. We do not allow low cut ‘hipster’ style trousers or broad, decorative belts. Jean-style/stretch or denim fabrics are not acceptable.” Please be aware that ‘skinny’ or ‘drain-pipe’ style trousers do not conform to the uniform policy and are therefore not allowed.

“We will not allow high, narrow heels (heels higher than 2 inches), sling backs, mules or other shoes that we judge to be unsuitable for school. Trainers of any type or style are not acceptable and shoes made of a canvas material (e.g. pumps) are not permitted.”

Hair Styles:
Unnatural hair colours, unconventional styles or extreme cuts (under Grade 2) are not allowed. This includes cut patterns or designs in the hair. Hair should not cover the eyes. We suggest that parents talk to their Year Leader before arranging ‘special’ hairstyling for their children.” If there is a differentiation in lengths of hair – please be aware that it should be blended in so that there is no obvious distinction between the lengths.

“Nail varnish is not allowed in any year. False nails of any type are not allowed and nails should be a suitable length for school.” This includes acrylic/gel nails and is due to health and safety reasons.

Failure to adhere to the school’s uniform policy may result in a pupil being withdrawn from circulation until the uniform issue is corrected. This means that the pupil will be working independently from the year group until such time as they are dressed appropriately for school.

I am sure that you understand the importance of both the school and home working together to help ensure that your son/daughter has a positive and productive time at Idsall School.  In order to promote a happy and healthy learning environment we must jointly uphold the standards that the school has set and expects from all of its students.

Thank you for your support

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. J. Reeve
Learning Manager for Year 9

    Idsall School is a charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 08976748 whose registered office is at Idsall School, Coppice Green Lane, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8PD