YEAR 11 PROGRESS EVENING – Tues 3rd October

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to invite you to the Year 11 Progress Evening on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 which will be held in the School Hall. During the evening you will be able to discuss progress with your child’s subject teachers. An appointment system will operate with appointments lasting 5 minutes. The
evening will run from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

In order to help the evening run as smoothly as possible, please ensure your
son/daughter makes appointments with subject teachers and completes the
attached Student Appointment Sheet when doing so.

Progress Evenings provide important opportunities for teachers and
parents/carers to discuss the progress of students, share information and consider
plans for the future.

YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING (Weds 27th Sept 5-7pm)

St Julian’s Open Evening will take place on Wednesday 27th September. Both Year 6 students and their parents/carers are invited to attend this event. The open evening takes place between 5:00pm and 7:00pm and you are welcome to attend at the time most convenient to you.

There will also be a presentation delivered by our Head Teacher, Mr Evans which will take place in the East Hall at 6:00pm.

The event has been organised to allow students and parents/carers to come and meet staff and teachers at the school, as well as experience a range of exciting activities across subject areas.

Students and parents/carers will also have the chance to see the fantastic work produced by the students of St Julian’s and speak to our students and staff about the fantastic opportunities on offer.

The school site has been developed considerably over the last few years and you will also have an opportunity to visit our Aspire café and Learning Resource Centre.

We are sure the event will be the first step in building a positive and successful relationship with you and your child over the coming years.

St Julian’s Open Morning

In addition to the open evening, we would also like to offer parents/carers the opportunity to attend an open morning to witness part of a normal school day at St Julian’s School.

This will be held on Thursday 28th September from 9:15am until 10:45am.

The open morning will start in Main Reception.  Please could parents/carers who wish to attend the Open Morning sign up using this LINK.

Yr 11 INTERVENTION LETTER

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to share with you information regarding your child’s forthcoming exams in English and Maths. I am also pleased to share the news that many of our Year 11 students secured positive results in their Y10 exams and now have an early opportunity to better their grades. Following the summer results, all students have been reset in English, Maths and Science…..

WELCOME BACK

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that you all had a restful summer holiday and are now ready for another busy and exciting academic year. A particularly warm welcome to the 250 Year 7 students and their families who are now part of the St Julian’s community and welcome back to our of Year 12 students who have decided to pursue their Post 16 education at St Julian’s.

It is a pleasure to report to you that the school’s summer exam results at both A Level and GCSE were good and a reflection of the effort and commitment shown by the students over the past few years, ably supported by both staff and parents/carers. The majority of our A Level students have been accepted to the Universities of their choice. I wish them well as they embark on a new and exciting chapter in their lives. A full report on our external exam performance will be available as part of the Governing Body Annual Report to Parents which is published before October half-term…..

KIERAN

We are very saddened to inform you of the death of one of our year 10 pupils, Kieran Deakin over the summer holidays.

Kieran was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in March and after putting up a long and courageous fight he sadly lost his battle last week.

We will always remember Kieran as a kind, polite, happy boy who loved school and especially his beloved Newport County.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and classmates at this very sad time. There are support networks available in school for any pupil who may be affected by this news.

ST JULIAN’S SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY

Parents will be aware that following a recent monitoring visit of the school in June, which reviewed progress since the inspection in 2014, Estyn have placed the school in special measures.  The report can be found on the school website.

The school continues to work hard to address the recommendations of the 2014 report, however, as I have indicated previously,  it is clear that performance in specific areas needs to improve more quickly.   Work on developing teaching, learning and leadership will continue but more rigorous monitoring is required.  Our progress will also be supported and monitored by the Local Education Authority and Education Advisory Service (EAS).

Following Estyn feedback on June 22nd 2017 and the judgement of Special Measures, the local authority has reviewed its use of statutory powers and has appointed a further three additional governors to the governing body, and recommended that the Chair of Governors is replaced with the LA’s chosen chair (Tracy McKim).   This decision was agreed at the governing body meeting in July.

Both the local authority and governing body were keen to acknowledge the work of Andrew Goddard, at the aforementioned meeting. Mr Goddard has held the role of Chair of Governors for the past three years and has worked tirelessly to increase the effectiveness of governance at the school.

St Julian’s School is keen to continue to work in partnership with the local authority and the appointment of a new chair, along with a challenge advisor will support this. The use of statutory powers is a clear sign that standards within the school must improve quickly and this will be jointly monitored through the governing body and Intervention Plan Monitoring meetings.

The governing body is fully committed to the school and will be working with staff and parents to ensure that we do the very best for the young people and the community.

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

Dear Parent/Carer,

I write to inform you of changes that have been made regarding the provision of instrumental lessons for the next academic year.

We are pleased to be able to continue to run lessons in collaboration with the Gwent Music Support Service who provide high quality teachers for all instruments. We are continuing to provide free lessons for students in Year 10 and 11 who are studying Music as a GCSE option, as they are examined in performance as part of the course. However, we are not able to continue to offer free tuition for other students.

Parents/Carers of students who are taking GCSE Music do not need to sign up using the GMSS Parent Pay site for their first instrument but if you would like your son/daughter to learn a second instrument then you will need to sign up and pay for lessons via the Parent Portal.

Parents/Carers of students who are not taking GCSE music, or those taking a second instrument, will need to sign up and pay for lessons via the Parent Portal.

ACHIEVEMENT ASSEMBLY

KS3 and KS4 REWARD EVENT

Students form KS3 and KS4 were invited to a superb reward event this week. We were promoting High Attendance, Positive attitudes to learning, Excellent Behaviour and Punctuality.

Well done to everyone involved – really well deserved!