Year 11 Progress Meeting
Parents Evening System

Sixthform Progress Meeting takes place on Wednesday 11 March 2015 - 4:30-7:00pm.

We use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments.

You will receive a personalised letter, brought home by your child containing your log in details. Click on the link above to access the system. Appointments can be made from 8.00pm on Thursday 26 February and will close at 7:00 am on 11 March. Following feedback, a map of staff locations in the hall is available below to assist you with arranging your appointments.

If you do not receive a personalised letter or need a second copy, please email help@aldridgeschool.org and state your child's name and form for a copy to be emailed back or contact house office.

Full information can be found in the letter below.

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Sixthform Progress Meeting
Parents Evening System

Sixthform Progress Meeting takes place on Thursday 5 March 2015 - 4:30-7:00pm.

We use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments.

You will receive a personalised letter, brought home by your child containing your log in details. Click on the link above to access the system. Appointments can be made from 4.00pm on Sunday 15 February and will close at 7:00 am on 5 March. Following feedback, a map of staff locations in the hall is available below to assist you with arranging your appointments.

If you do not receive a personalised letter or need a second copy, please email help@aldridgeschool.org and state your child's name and form for a copy to be emailed back or contact house office.

Full information can be found in the letter below.

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Walsall SEND

Dear Parents / Carers

As a result of the recent informal consultation sessions across the borough we are now in a position to provide you with the opportunity to make comments on the proposals. All schools will be displaying the statutory proposals notice clearly highlighting the appropriate ways to share your views. Complete proposals can be obtained from Carol Douthwaite – Administration Manager – SEN Team. EDC, Pelsall Lane, Walsall, WS4 1NG. Tel: 01922 686377

Yours Sincerely

Mike Morris
Group Manager Strategic Lead for SEND

January 2015

 

A belated Happy New Year to all and welcome back to all our students to another busy term. For many students this is the final term before the external examinations begin in the summer term. Please click on the link above to read the full letter

 

Exam Certificates

Exam certificates for the Summer exam series can be collected on or after Wednesday 12th November from the main school reception.

What to do if you are unable to collect your own certificates.
1. Collect them at a later date but within 12 months.

2.Write a letter naming the person you wish to collect the certificates on your behalf. The letter must be in your hand writing and be signed and dated. The person designated by you must then bring the letter and some form of ID on the day to collect your certificates.

NO ONE MAY COLLECT EXAM CERTIFICATES FOR ANOTHER PERSON WITHOUT THEIR WRITTEN PERMISSION.

ParentPay
If you require a username and password for parent pay, please email your child's name and form alsong with the words Parent Pay to help@aldridgeschool.org
Headlines
Read the December edition of Headlines by clicking on the link above.
Ofsted
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Aldridge School has been rated 'Good' by Ofsted. Click on the file above to read the full report.

Free School Meals
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It is the duty of the Local Education Authority (LEA) to provide a meal for those pupils who are eligible for free school meals. Our new cashless catering system keeps the identity of students receiving free school meals confidential. By claiming Free School meals you also help raise important funding for the school.

If you think you qualify for free school meals please click here for information on claiming free school meals and/or print off and complete the form above. You can also complete an online application form by clicking here.

Lockers
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From September we will be implementing a new system for the hire of lockers. Our current locker provision is to be replaced and new lockers will be provided and managed by an external company.

Lockers can be paid for and pre booked via the ILS website www.ilsschools.co.uk

Further detail about the new lockers can be found in the letter above.

Term Dates 2014-2016

Autumn Term 2014
Monday 1 September 2014*
Friday 24 October 2014

Monday 3 November 2014
Friday 19 December 2014

Spring Term 2015
Monday 5 January 2015
Friday 13 February 2015

Monday 23 February 2015
Friday 27 March 2015


Summer Term 2015
Monday 13 April 2015
Friday 22 May 2015

Monday 1 June 2015
Monday 20 July 2015*


*Training Days:
1) Monday 1 September
2) Thursday 18 September
3) Tuesday 27 January
4) Friday 13 March
5) Monday 20 July

Proposed dates for 2015/16 TBC are:

Autumn Term 2015
Tuesday 1 September 2015
Friday 23 October 2015

Monday 2 November 2015
Friday 18 December 2015


Spring Term 2016
Monday 4 January 2016
Friday 12 February 2016

Monday 22 February 2016
Thursday 24 March 2016


Summer Term 2016
Monday 11 April 2016
Friday 27 May 2016

Monday 6 June 2016
Wednesday 20 July 2016

Training days to be decided

 

 

 

 

  • BYOD
  • Year 11 Revision
  • WW1
  • Classics
  • GCSE Results
  • A Level Results

An opportunity to purchase
Mobile Technology

At the start of this academic year parents of Year 7 and 8 pupils were invited to purchase an iPad, iPad Mini or MacBook Air. This was to take advantage of our upgraded wireless system and new teaching and learning materials as well as encouraging responsible and safe use of the internet.

We have now changed our supplier to BT and are pleased to announce that the scheme is now open to students in Years 9 and 10 and can give students in Years 7, 8 and 12 a further opportunity to place an order. Letter have been sent home via students but copies can be found below. Please note that letters and ordering portals are year group specific

We will be continuing to develop our work on mobile technology along with our new learning platform “Frog”. All homework will shortly be accessible via Frog and parents will be able to have access to assignments and your son/daughter’s work.

Years 7 & 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 12
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Great War Remembered

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the Great War in 1914, 30 Aldridge School students and members of the History department staff visited the battlefields and cemeteries of France and Belgium over half term. Students were taken to see the infamous battlefields of Ypres and the Somme where so many British soldiers lost their lives. They learned about the stories of some of the men who were buried there such as Private Valentine Strudwick, who aged 15 was the youngest British soldier killed in the war. At the poignant Menin Gate in Ypres, students took part in an emotionally charged memorial and participated in their own remembrance service at the Devonshire’s Cemetery at the Somme laying a school wreath at the Cross of Sacrifice and conducting a 2 minute silence. Two students, Ben Lewis and Paige Jackson even visited the graves of their relatives killed in the conflict.

Trip organiser Anton Kolaric said, “Textbooks and the written word can only tell us so much about the horrific events of the First World War, but it is only by visiting the sites that students are really shown the scale of the sacrifice that was made by that generation. All students conducted themselves with great dignity and respect throughout and were a credit to Aldridge School.”

Upon their return, students will produce a piece of reflective work on the issue of remembrance that will form part of a display within school.

 

Classics Visit Mayfield School

As part of the school's primary liaison program, Year 10 Classicists visited Mayfield School and delivered a lesson to Year 6 students on the Ancient Greeks. The visit was a great success and both sets of students really engaged in the lesson through a variety of carousel activities. Anton Kolaric, trip organiser, said; "We are really proud to offer Classics at Aldridge and we are really proud of of our Classics students. It was great to see our students put across their knowledge of Ancient Greek society with such passion and enthusiasm." There are plans to make this an annual visit and to expand it to other local schools.

Aldridge School Celebrates
GCSE Success

GSCE results at Aldridge School have seen record numbers in the top A* and A grades this year – with 12 students getting ten or more.

Students and staff are celebrating their best ever results in Science with 63 per cent of students achieving an A* or A grade. In Physics alone a record number of pupils got A* grades with 26 per cent of students netting the top mark.

Overall more than 70 per cent achieved A* to C in English/Maths and overall 20 per cent of Year 11 students gained five or more A to A* grades.

Among the 12 high achievers who gained ten or more A* and A grades were 16-year-olds Mya Athwall, Chris Jones, Samuel Parkes, Nicola Jones and Alexander Pierce.

Headteacher David Mountney, said: “As with our record A* grade results last week at A Level, the GCSE results show great success in the top grades especially in Science where more than half of all our students got an A or A* grade. Well done to them all.”

Of the students who sat GCSEs at the school it is expected that more than three-quarters will stay on to study A-levels, with others opting for college courses, apprenticeships and work.

Aldridge School celebrates record A-level results

Students, staff and parents at Aldridge School were celebrating another year of excellent results with more A*s than previous years.

Twenty per cent of grades were either A*/A for Year 13 students at the Tynings Lane school.

Head boy and star student James Fardell netted A*s in Economics, Maths, his Extended Project, as well as an A in Government and Politics and a C in Physics.

The 18-year-old is now set to study Economics and Finance at Bristol University.

Demi Rochelle got a A*s in History and Sociology, an A in Classics and B in her Extended Project and is looking to study classical literature, civilisation and history at Birmingham University.

And for Year 12 student Ben Pickering the future looks bright after gaining four As at A/S Level, in Geography, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Results in vocational subjects including IT, Business, Art, Design/textiles have once again been outstanding with 100 per cent of students achieving distinction* or distinction grades.

Mr Mountney, Aldridge School headteacher, said: “Once again we are delighted with an excellent set of results which reflect both the hard work of our students, the support of their parents and our staff.

“Set against the national picture we are confident that our students are continuing to achieve the best results and we wish them every success in the future.

“We now look forward to 2015 and our ambition to achieve the best for all our students continues with real confidence.”

 

 

 

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Assessment Dates

Assessment Dates

The linked page contains dates and information about each faculties assessment information. This can rage from external examinations and course work submission dates for KS4 and KS5 students through to internal assessments for KS3 student.

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Coaching Your Teenager

Helping them get the best out of school and college

A publication from the DCSF

Aldridge Parents
Consultation Committee

Here at Aldridge School we are proud of the partnerships we have with the parents of our students.  We are constantly striving to improve the life chances of the students that attend here, but we always are keen to hear how the community feels we are achieving that goal.

The Aldridge Parents Consultative Committee are a group made up of parents of Aldridge School Students that meet once a term to hear current plans and initiatives that being undertaken and to discuss any issues or topics effecting the school.

So parents have your say! We want to hear what you think! We are currently recruiting for the APCC and would welcome fresh input. 

If you feel you would like to come and be given the opportunity to express your opinion please contact
Mrs Chris Welch on 01922 743988 or cwelch@aldridge.walsall.sch.uk

The APCC will meet on the following dates at 18:30 in Whitman Hall:

13th November 2014
22nd January 2015
19th March 2015
21 May 2015
18th June 2015

The next APCC meeting is on Thursday 22 January
6.30 pm Whitman Hall

Agenda
1) Statement of Shared Values/Our Values Statement
2) FROG and BYOD

 

   
Notes from APCC meeting held 2 October 2014
   
   

 


 

Term Dates for 2013 - 2014


Autumn Term 2013

Mon 2 Sept - Fri 25 Oct
Mon 4 Nov - Fri 20 Dec

Spring Term 2014
Mon 6 Jan - Fri 14 Feb
Mon 24 Feb - Fri 11 April

Summer Term 2014
Mon 28 April - Fri 23 May
Mon 2 June - Mon 21 July

Term Dates for 2014 - 2015

Autumn Term 2014:
Mon 1 Sep - Fri 24th Oct (TBC)
Mon 3 Nov - Fri 19 Dec (TBC)

Spring Term 2015:
Mon 5 Jan - Fri 13 Feb (TBC)
Mon 23 Feb - Fri 27 March (TBC)

Summer Term 2015:
Mon 13 April - Fri 22nd May (TBC)
Mon 1 June - Mon 20 July (TBC)

 

Planned Absence

Is it worth it?

Parents are still requesting to take their child(ren) out of school during term time for various reasons including family holidays.

All absences cause considerable disruption to a child’s learning and prevent them achieving the grades that they have the potential to reach.  As a consequence, examination grades will be lower than those predicted for your child. 

Younger children also suffer from the break in friendship groups when absent from school and this can result in anxiety on return to school.

The Governing Body have decided to revise our current policy to reflect these concerns.  Therefore from 1 June 2013 our new Absence policy will state:

  • We will not authorize any planned absence taken in school time during Years 9,10 and 11.
  • Any requests for Years 7 and 8 will only be authorized in exceptional circumstances if the student’s attendance is above 95% and will remain above 95% after the planned absence.
  • We will not authorize any absence of 10 school days or over.
  • All requests must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the planned absence
  • Any absence which lasts for 20 consecutive days or more will result in the student(s) being removed from the school role.

 

I would therefore ask that all parents accommodate their planned absence during the 13 weeks available to them during the school year and I thank those parents who do not make requests of this kind recognizing that they are clearly most disruptive to their child(ren)s learning.

We are working in partnership with the Educational Welfare Officer to whom we forward all unauthorized absences.  Parent(s) could be fined up to £2,500 and/or sentenced to 3 months imprisonment.  The parent(s) may alternatively be subject to a fixed-penalty fine of £60 per child per parent.

 

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Download Homework Homework Booklet Year 7

At Aldridge School we have considered the format in which we plan home learning.  To help forward planning, the schedule outlines the approximate dates when students can expect a Home Learning Assignment to be set and the duration of the unit.
Download Homework Homework Booklet Year 8

At Aldridge School we have considered the format in which we plan home learning.  To help forward planning, the schedule outlines the approximate dates when students can expect a Home Learning Assignment to be set and the duration of the unit.
Home Work Timetable Homework Timetable 2013-2014

Homework timetable for 2013-2014, find out when homework will be set for each year group.
   
   
   
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Homework should have a purpose and be appropriate to the needs of pupils. Purpose in this context means: to supplement classwork and consolidate learning; to test comprehension and develop and practise skills appropriate to the subject concerned; to develop an ability to organise private, unsupervised study/research; to develop the habit of private study.

Attendance Matters

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving you the best possible start in life. Pupils who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. Good attendance shows potential employers that you are reliable. Research suggests that pupils who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behavior or crime.  Below is a table showing how your percentage attendance equates to the amount of school time missed.

Attendance during one school year Equivalent Days Equivalent Sessions Equivalent Weeks Equivalent Lessons Missed
95% 9 Days 18 Sessions 2 Weeks 50 Lessons
90% 19 Days 38 Sessions 4 Weeks 100 Lessons
85% 29 Days 58 Sessions 6 Weeks 150 Lessons
80% 38 Days 72 Sessions 8 Weeks 200 Lessons
75% 48 Days 96 Sessions 10 Weeks 250 Lessons
70% 57 Days 114 Sessions 11.5 Weeks 290 Lessons
65% 67 Days 134 Sessions 13.5 Weeks 340 Lessons

Every Minute Counts

If you arrive late to school everyday your learning begins to suffer.  Below is a graph showing how being late to school everyday over a school year adds up to lost learning time.

        19 Days Lost
       
      13 Days Lost
     
    10 Days Lost
   
   
  6.5 Days Lost
 
 
 

3

Days Lost

5 Minutes Late 10 Minutes Late 15 Minutes Late 20 Minutes Late 30 Minutes Late
(Over one academic year)