14th December 2016 - Head's Letter to Parents
As the term draws to a close, I would like to ensure you are up to speed with school news and developments.
Firstly, thank you to those parents who attended the surgeries regarding the proposal to end sixth form provision at the school. The formal consultation begins on 5th January and any comments that you wish to make can be made on the council’s website https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk. We will send out a further letter regarding the consultation at the start of January.
We are currently working with our Year 11 students to ensure they are fully informed as to the alternative options available to them if the sixth form were to close. In due course we will also be sending our Year 11 parents details of additional open events that we are arranging with other schools and colleges.
I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the Year 7 parents who came to last week’s parents’ evening. The turnout was excellent and it was good to hear such positive feedback from parents as to how well their sons have settled in to life at KNBS. Our next parents’ evening is for Year 11 on Thursday 19th January. You can find the dates of all parents’ evenings and other key events in the ‘Parents’ section on our website.
I am pleased to report that progress is being made with our successful bid for improved sporting facilities. We have a further meeting planned with the Education Funding Agency in January. I will let you know when we have confirmation of the details of the project.
Sixth form parents will be aware that we have made some changes to how our sixth formers access and leave the school site during the day. We are going to be making some further changes affecting all students to enhance our safeguarding practices. From 3rd January we are going to have only one point of access/exit for students; students will need to enter and leave the site by the path that runs alongside the caretaker’s house. We will open the school gate from 7.45am, this means that students will not be able to enter the school before this time.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Sarah Brown who is standing down as Chair of our Governing Body. Sarah has given the school a huge amount of time and support during her time as Chair. With her youngest son having now left the school Sarah feels it is the right time to say her goodbyes. The current Vice Chair, Andrew Collyer, has been selected as the school’s new Chair of Governors. Andrew has sons in Year 9 and Year 12 at the school.
We have one member of staff leaving us at the end of this term. We wish Mr Parsons well as he takes up a Maths teaching post in another school. Parents of older students in the school will be pleased to learn that Mr Thomas, ex Head of Maths, will be returning to teach some A level and GCSE classes. Mr Thomas will be with us until after the exam period. We are hoping to recruit a new Head of Maths next term.
Finally, we finish this term on Friday at 1pm. This will be a non-uniform day (Christmas jumpers are optional). Students are asked to contribute £1 which will be added to the money raised from charity week – this year our nominated charity is St Basils. Students start back on 3rd January at normal time. I would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.