Parent Governor vacancies – update

The closing date for return of nomination forms for our two Parent Governor vacancies was on Monday 16 October 2017 at 12.00 noon.

We have received four nominations, therefore, this will proceed to ballot.  Ballot papers will be sent home to parents/carers via students on Monday 30 October 2017.

PE lessons – rules regarding piercings

Please note that all visible piercings must be removed for PE lessons.  The only exception that can be made is for newly pierced ears which may be taped over in the first 6 weeks for non-contact activities.  Thereafter they must be removed. Students are required to provide their own tape. 

Students and parents/carers are asked to bear these rules in mind when considering new piercings. 

To view our PE Kit requirements and Faculty guidance document, please click here.


Parent information booklet

Useful information for parents/carers can be found in our Information Booklet for Parents/Carers available by clicking here.  Paper copies may be requested from the School Office.

This includes information on the following:

Contacting the school – School term and holiday dates 2017-2018 – The School Day
Student lockers – Daily preparation – The Student Planner – Attendance – Behaviour
Dress Code – PE Kit and general information  – Homework – Detentions – Bullying
Contacting your son/daughter in an emergency – Changes to personal details
Photo and media permissions – Process for concerns and complaints
Medical Appointments – Students becoming ill during the day
Sickness and absence reporting  – First Aid provision in school
Free School Transport – Emergency School Closures – School Catering Service
Free School Meals – Pupil Premium – Music Instrumental Lessons
Lost Property – Parent Consultation Evenings, Student Reports, Tutor Review Day
School trips and visits – Awards Events

Snap Map – advice to parents regarding the Snapchat upgrade

Parents/Carers may already be aware of growing concerns surrounding a new upgrade to the Snapchat app called Snap Map.  This location based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos.  The Snap Map shows a user’s Bitmoji (their cartoon avatar within Snapchat), pinpointed on a world map.  Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends.

Child Protection at Derbyshire County Council have asked us to make parents/carers aware of this, and to share a youtube video where a 14 year old demonstrates and explains the app.  To view the video, click here.

A Snapchat Guide for Parents has been produced which you can view/download by clicking on the link below.



Requests for leave of absence during term-time

The following guidance has been received from Derbyshire County Council regarding the above, which we have been asked to pass on to our parents/carers.

School is only able to grant requests for leave of absence during term time for exceptional circumstances.  Leave of absence request forms can be obtained from the School Office or from the school website.  If the leave of absence is due to a holiday, the form must be submitted before booking the holiday.  Please note the new guidance (above) which comes into effect on 1 September 2017.