End of Summer Term Letter – 2019

17th July 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian

As another academic year draws to a close, we can once again look back with great pride. We continue to be heavily over-subscribed, with many parents unfortunately disappointed that they didn’t secure a place for their child in September.

Arrangements for the end of term

The college closes for the summer holiday at 12 noon on Friday 19th July 2019. Unfortunately, school bus services will not be running at this time; please ensure you make alternative arrangements for your child’s journey home.

Bus timetables & information

Timetables for 1st September onwards are now published on our website. Further information, including details of fares and how to obtain an IGO pass, are available from Transport for Greater Manchester on www.tfgm.com, or by calling 0871 200 22 33.

Arrangements for students’ return to college in September

Thursday 5th September 2019 8:55am Year 7

Friday, 6th September 2019 8:55am Years 8, 9, 10 & 11

College day times

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

9.00-9.15amRegistration
9.15-10.15amLesson 1
10.15-11.15amLesson 2
11.15-11.35amBreak
11.35-12.35pmLesson 3
12.35-1.35pmLesson 4
1.35-2.15pmLunch
2.15-3.15pmLesson 5

Wednesday (Only)

9.00-9.50amLesson 1
9.50-10.40amLesson 2
10.40-11.00amBreak 1
11.00-11.50amLesson 3
11.50-12.40pmLesson 4
12.40-12.55pmBreak 2
12.55-1.45pmLesson 5

Opening times:

Whilst we expect students to arrive to college in good time for the day, we have an increasing number of students arriving to college before we have sufficient members of staff to supervise and safeguard them. Some students routinely arrive as early as 7.15am. Staff who choose to arrive this early to work must be afforded time to prepare for their lessons and assess student work in a quiet environment without the additional responsibility of student supervision.

Therefore college will not be accessible to students before 8am. Students arriving between 8:00 and 8.35am must report to the side entrance near the area currently known to students as ‘The Fold’. Here they will be welcomed by staff who will be available to support them and provide our routine uniform and standards checks. Should they not arrive in full college uniform we can rectify any issues before they fully enter the premises and focus our efforts on learning once in, as you would expect.

Please note that similar uniform and standards checks will be conducted routinely at the gates and students who do not present themselves as expected will be directed to this side entrance for this additional support. This may require students to borrow items of uniform from college stock where necessary, including footwear.

Uniform

As a college we continue to insist on the highest standards of uniform. Parents have been very supportive of our drive to maintain the highest of standards in this area. The college continues to monitor uniform standards to ensure that our students are smart and dressed in a manner appropriate for a formal learning environment. As such, in addition towearing compulsory items of uniformwe would like to make explicit the following expectations from September 2019:

  • trainer type shoes, canvas pumps, or boots of any kind are not permitted.
  • trousers must be ‘TAILORED’, not skinny fit.
  • college issued skirts with Newman logo MUST be worn. To ensure dignity whilst moving around the college, skirts must not be turned over at the waistband and the logo clearly visible at all times. The Newman skirt is available from our uniform suppliers in two lengths. Please chose the appropriate length for your child. Girls may choose to wear black tailored trousers as an alternative.
  • Plain black ankle socks only for girls and boys. Knee high or over the knee socks are NOT permitted, nor are socks of any other colour.
  • plain black tights only as an alternative to black ankle socks.
  • false tan, false eyelashes, false nails, nail varnish, make up and jewellery are not permitted.
  • extreme hair styles and colours are not permitted.
  • body piercings, retainers or covering plasters must not be worn (even when not visible).

Equipment for learning

It is essential that all students carry the basic equipment for learning on a daily basis. From September the following items of equipment are compulsory for all students:

  • pencil case containing pen, pencil, ruler, calculator
  • school bag
  • reading book
  • Newman College issued planner (signed every week by Form Tutor and Parent/Guardian)
  • full Newman College PE kit

Equipment will be checked daily by form tutors. Where students do not have the compulsory equipment for learning they will be asked to borrow and sign for college issued equipment.

Full PE kit is required for college even if for medical reasons your child is not permitted to partake as they will be assigned other appropriate duties as part of their PE lesson in this case.

Attendance and punctuality

We know that excellent attendance is essential for all our students so that they gain the most from the education we provide. There are clearly documented links between good attendance and academic achievement. We insist that parents work with the college to ensure their child meets the expected standard of 100% attendance by:

  • ensuring your child attends every day unless they are genuinely too sick to attend. ensuring your child arrives in college each day for 8.55am at the latest.
  • contacting college on the first day of absence when your child is genuinely too sick to attend.
  • arranging medical appointments outside of college hours. Where this is not possible ensuring your child does not miss a full day of learning for one appointment. Evidence of appointments will be required.
  • not making a request to take a holiday during term time as this will be declined and a financial penalty imposed should the holiday be taken without authorisation.

MyEd

MyEd is our parental app, and our preferred form of communication with parents. It is the fastest way of ensuring that you receive all the information you need in a timely way, including information and consent for trips. The app can be downloaded onto both Apple and android devices, and provides a wealth of information about the college, and your child’s attendance, behaviour, timetable, and more. Please also ensure that you have provided us with your current email address.

Drop off and collection of students

I must ask for your continued support with regard to the safeguarding of children and staff at the start and end of the college day. The college site has space designated for staff parking, a small number of disabled parking spaces, and a one way system which is essential for the safe arrival and departure of buses. We will continue with the current system in September which is the use of the car park at Ancora to drop off and collect students. Vehicles without a pass will not be allowed entry onto site at the end of the school day, to protect the safety of staff and children. I am grateful for your continued co-operation.

Finally, thank you for the support you have given to the college this year. May God bless you and keep you safe during the summer break.

Yours sincerely

Mr G R Potts

Headteacher

GDPR: DATA PROTECTION

On 25 May 2018, the laws about data protection changed and the new General Data Protection Register (GDPR) came into effect.

As we are an organisation that gathers and uses data (information), we are required to deal with your data in a particular way.

We are obliged to follow data protection principles, ensuring that the information we hold is:

  • Used fairly and lawfully
  • Used for limited, specifically stated purposes
  • Used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate
  • Kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
  • Handled according to people’s data protection rights
  • Kept safe and secure
  • Not transferred outside the European Economic Area without adequate protection

We will explain to you which information we hold about you, how this is protected, and how this can be accessed and/or changed. Further detail will be provided in the Privacy Notices which will be issued to all parents/carers in September 2019.

Further information regarding our policies is available at: https://www.newmanrc.oldham.sch.uk/information/policies/

Should you have any queries, please contact our Data Protection Officer: dpo@newmanrc.oldham.sch.uk