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Basketball Success


Four teams, four GOLDS!

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The North School's Spring Fair is this weekend!


Saturday 21st April 2018 - 10am-4pm

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Term 4 Newsletter


Term 4 Newsletter

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Sixthform Easter Revision Sessions


To see all revision sessions on offer click here.

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Easter Revision Sessions - Year 11


Easter Revision Sessions

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Parent Forum Meetings


The Parent Forum is an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet and discuss key elements of the  schools agenda, what is currently going on in their child’s education and to support the senior leadership team shape a school  that we are all proud to be a part of.


Within the meetings, parents are asked for their point of view on current issues concerning the school and for their input on developing the school to achieve its aim to become outstanding in all aspects of the Ofsted criteria.


We welcome all parents and careers to  be part of the Forum that runs from 6-7pm in the 6th form centre.


For any enquiries, please contact Mr Prebble via email  [email protected].


Key Themes of Discussion

The key themes of discussion for the parents forum are shown below.


  1. The importance of communication from school to home.

In response to this, we have raised the importance of returning any communications from parents within a 24 hour time frame. Staff have been advised through briefings and staff meetings. In addition, this will also be included in the new staff handbook with additional support and guidance regarding good communications with parents.

  1. The awareness of mental health issues in young people and what support may be given.

In response to this we have had several wide ranging discussions as to how we can best support our students. Further work in liaison with outside agencies is required but a major development is that we have been included in the Headstart phase 3 pilot project. This project aims to improve the mental well-being of at-risk 10-16 year olds. This will be carried out in collaboration with the school by the implementation of a locally developed, cross-disciplinary, multi-layered and integrated prevention strategy. The year 7 and 9 students have already been surveyed and the first elements of support will be taking place in the coming months.

  1. The importance of parents in the whole education of the child.

The importance of attending parents evenings and the general support that a parent can give the school by listening and working with staff as opposed to against them. The year 7 parents evening was well attended and the feedback form parents was both positive and extremely helpful. We will continue to encourage parents to take a close interest in education by more school comms messages and positive phone calls from teachers (as opposed to negative calls as so frequently happens).

  1. The schools unique selling points.

These were extremely helpful in sharing with potential year 6 parents and existing parents. In addition, a group of students from across all year groups will be taking part in a Trust wide student conference on Friday 23rd June and will be presenting on the schools unique selling points in the introduction.


Thank you to all parents who attended and supported at the recent parent’s forum.


Our final meeting of the year will take place on Monday 10th July at 6pm. At this meeting you will be introduced to our new 6th Form Head Boy and Head Girl and the student Principals and their Vice Principals from the community. The meeting will also focus on the successes of the school over the course of the academic year.


I encourage all those who are intending to come to bring an example of one specific thing that has taken place this year at the school that you have been impressed with and would like to see again.


Glenn Prebble

Deputy Headteacher


Latest meetings


Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our meeting yesterday. We hopefully covered all of the areas that were raised from the previous meeting on the 6-11-17.


  1. Knowledge organisers located on the website were presented for Maths by Miss Williams. Key stage 3 schemes of work and assessment points are now available on the school website for some subjects. This is an area for further development as other subjects will follow in due course. The main aim is to have ALL topics for all subjects covered in all year groups over the course of the next 3 terms.
  2. Saturday schools for Photography. Are there going to be any sessions planned? Mrs Allon to follow up with the Subject leader.
  3. Bulletin has been received well by all the parents who attended. No additional feedback given.
  4. Staff absences were discussed and how the school pre-plan and adapt to the potential changes to teachers over the course of the year. The school now have a standard letter which will get sent to parents when an unplanned staff absence takes place.
  5. The new target setting models and 9-1 levels were presented. Targets and the donuts on the books are used on a termly basis for all students in all subjects.


Dates of the next meetings. All 6pm until 7pm in the Conference room.

Monday 26th February. Growth mind-set presentation for next meeting. How are we praising effort as opposed to ability.

Monday 23rd April

Monday 11th June



Previous meetings

06-11-2017: Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our meeting yesterday. As well as celebrating the current inspection report a number of areas were raised for the school to consider and improve upon.

We agreed the following points to be considered and actioned where necessary.


  1. Consideration of a further explanation of the new 9-1 assessments.
  2. Revision resources for Key stage 3.
  3. The frequency of updates for parents of year 7 students. Parents evenings and books being sent home.
  4. Cover supervisors and communication of any long term absences to parents
  5. The future of the parents forum. The forum to be evolved to allow more specific areas to be discussed with a defined groups. Eg Year groups to discuss the 9-1 assessments.


Dates of the next meetings. All 6pm until 7pm in the Conference room.

Monday 15th January

Monday 26th February

Monday 23rd April

Monday 11th June


02-05-2017: Many thanks to all who joined us for such a productive parents forum. The conversations were extremely wide ranging and have given the school a number of issues to consider.


Minutes - 09-01-2017

Minutes - 12-09-2016

Minutes - 20-06-2016

Agenda - 12-09-2016