Upper Fourth (Year 9) Information
GCSE Options Evening for Upper Fourth Students and Parents/Guardians:
Monday 20th November
In PSHE this half term, Upper Fourth students have begun the process by which they select their GCSE subjects for next year. We recognise that this is an important and potentially challenging time in a student’s academic career. Please be assured that your sons and daughters are given plenty of help and advice, including knowledge of which staff it may be useful for them to speak to in the coming weeks and months.
Over the course of this half term, U4 students will attend presentations and receive advice from a number of key staff. These include the teachers of subjects with which they are unfamiliar; Rosemary Andrews, our Head of Careers and Christian Hughes, our Deputy Head (Academic), who will explain exactly how the options process works at Sidcot.
Students will shortly receive a ‘Fifth Form GCSE Courses Booklet’, which provides further details of the options process and course outlines for every subject. Students will also be given details of various websites that may prove useful when making GCSE choices.
Finally, we would like to invite you and your son/daughter to an informal meeting on Monday 20th November, starting at 6.30pm in the Drama Studio, (accessed via the Arts Centre). There will be a brief introduction to GCSEs and the options process, followed by the opportunity to discuss specific details with teachers from every subject area. Please note that you will shortly be receiving an email regarding the options process with relevant documents attached.
We look forward to seeing on 20th November.
Rosie Bellinger, Head of Fourth Form & Christian Hughes, Deputy Head (Academic)
'Let's Talk': About Online Safety, Wednesday 22nd November
As parents, I am sure you share our concerns about the online safety of your sons and daughters.
As technology continues to develop apace, it is important that we work together to develop strategies and ways to communicate with young people about sensitive topics in order to keep them safe. I am therefore pleased to announce the first in a new series of parental engagement talks, entitled: 'Let's Talk’. This programme is designed to give parents and students the ability to discuss a range of pastoral issues in a constructive, practical and open way.
Our first speaker is Richard Barnston, who spent his career in the Avon and Somerset Police as part of the Child Protection Team. Richard's particular area of expertise is online safety and he delivers talks and training to a variety of organisations. On Wednesday 22nd November, Richard will be holding workshops throughout the day with students from all year groups. In the evening, we invite parents to join us, when Richard's focus will be to raise awareness of current trends and technological developments. The aim of the evening is also to give you strategies to have potentially difficult conversations with your sons and daughters in order to keep them safe online.
Following the presentation there will be plenty of time for questions and for Richard to tackle any difficult scenarios you may wish to discuss.
Richard's address will start at 6.30pm in the Drama Studio and refreshments will be served from 6.00pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
We plan to hold similar pastoral engagement talks throughout the year. We are interested to hear from you if you have particular suggestions for future topics. Please contact me on email@example.com if you have any questions or suggestions.
Assistant Head (Pastoral)
Examination certificates for 2017 leavers are now available for collection from Reception during school hours.
If you are in contact with any former students, please could you let them know. If they are not able to collect in person, please ask them to contact our Examinations Officer, Hazel Carr (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is possible for a representative to collect certificates, provided the owner of the certificates has given written permission (an email to Hazel Carr is fine). Unless the representative is a current student at the school, they will need to bring photographic ID with them.
A general note about exam certificates – please keep them safe. If you lose them, you may apply via the exam boards’ websites for certified statements of results at a charge of approximately £40 per statement per exam board for each year in which exams were taken.
Early Mornings at the Senior School
Especially with colder mornings becoming the norm we thought it important to clarify the timings for school mornings. We are happy to receive your son/daughter from 8.20am, when we will then have staff on duty in school. We would ask that you do not drop off before 8.20am as your son/daughter cannot be adequately supervised.
Any students needing to be in school earlier than 8.20am we offer a Breakfast Club from 7.45am. This is bookable through our online booking system at small charge of £3.00 per day.
Registration for all year groups is from 8.30am to 8.40am and please make sure your son/daughter has signed into reception if they arrive late.
Dropping Off and Picking Up
At busy times travelling in and out of Sidcot by car can be difficult due to the volume of traffic. Please remember that the lanes are all public highways. We ask you to respect the fact that residents of Sidcot hamlet require access to their homes and businesses at all times.
In order to avoid too many gridlock situations at ‘rush hour’ Sidcot has an unofficial one-way system which begins at Fountain Lane from the traffic lights, turning left onto Oakridge Lane (remembering that this is two-way and there may be traffic coming the other way!) passing the Meeting House on the right and then either turning left into the Senior School Drop-off (for the Senior School) or turning right into the Junior School car park (for the Junior School). After dropping off or picking up your children, please rejoin Oakridge Lane and make your way out onto the A38.
For safety reasons please do not deliver or collect your children at the front of the Main school building or on Oakridge Lane.
In order to maintain free flowing traffic in and out of the Senior School pick-up at busy times: as you drive up Oakridge Lane and pass the Meeting House (on the right) please give way to traffic re-joining the lane from the exit of the Senior School pick-up(on the left), it is worth letting quite a few cars exit before proceeding along the lane to the entrance thus creating space in the drop-off area.
If you would like to come into the Senior School with your child you may use the visitors parking at the front of the Senior School or the main school car park. Alternatively if you would like to come into the Junior School please park either in the Junior School car park or the main school car park. If you park in the main school car park there is a footpath route to the Junior School avoiding the need to walk along Oakridge Lane.
Sidcot School do not own the Meeting House car park and we respectfully ask you not to park in the grounds of the Meeting House, thank you.
Please take care as you drive around campus and the avoidance of unnecessary speed is essential.
Please note that Fountain Lane is a one-way-road; vehicles can only return to the A38 at the north end of Oakridge lane.