SUMMIT LEARNING TRUST
Autumn Term 2019
HOUSE COMPETITION - ELM HOUSE
In early October, we kicked off the House Competition with the Elm House
led Spelling Bee, returning after great success last year! The competition ran
slightly differently this year and put students from year 7 and 8 together and
then year 9 and 10, working in teams to see who could come out on top!
We had five rounds of the competition, each focusing on different elements of
spelling and vocabulary. Round one had students trying to correctly spell as
many words as they could from a selection of randomly assigned letters, closely
followed by trying to correct spell a word that they heard. Round three asked
students to identify the correct spelling of given words while round 4 increased
the challenge by asking individual students to spell aloud words. We finished
with round 5, asking students to list a synonym for words. All the students were
an absolute credit to their House and it was a close run competition, but in the
end, for the second year running, Elm House were victorious! Many thanks to
all the students who participated, giving it their absolute all and learning a few
new words along the way!
SAVE THE DATE
Wednesday 18th December
School Breaks Up
Friday 20th December 3PM
How can schools
Explain and inform
Many parents rely on schools to help keep
them up to speed and help deal with online
issues, Stay on top of online safety related
news, including social media developments and
new app releases, and share important updates
Effective communication is essential for
building school-family partnerships. Make it
easy for parents to access online safety
information. Plan your communications to
parents so that you don’t have too many things
going out on the same day and try different
ways to involve them.
Inviting pupils to get involved in sharing online
safety information enables parents/carers to
hear first-hand how children and young people
feel about using technology, and what steps
they take to stay safe.
MAKE IT ENGAGING
it doesn’t matter HOW much effort you put into
an assembly, presentation or newsletter etc,
IF the content isn’t ENGAGING, you’ll quickly
lose their ATTENTION.
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7 fun ways to share
While parents’ evenings and meetings are a
great way of informing Parents and carers
about online safety, it can be difficult to
get all parents physically into the school
at the same time.
85% of parents
say they prefer
to learn about
SUMMIT LEARNING TRUST
• If your child is absent from school you will need to call
the Attendance Team:0121 289 5900 (OPTION1).
• By: 8:30am.
• If you have a medical appointment please endeavour
to make these appointments before or after school.
You will be required to bring proof of the appointment
to the Student Services Office in advance or the
• If possible do not take the whole day off for a medical
• If we are not aware of your child’s absence, truancy
call will be sent out to parents in the morning.
Remember – poor attendance and unauthorised
absence can result in parents being be fined or
taken to court.
LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY FOR AN APPOINTMENT
If your child has to leave school early for an appointment
you must bring in the appointment letter and to write you
a note (it can be in your planner) as to what time your
child needs to leave school and if they are picking you
up. If you are in a lesson you can then show this to your
Students are required to sign out at the Attendance Office
(student services) who will give you a signing out slip in
case you or your parents are stopped by the Police. This
is proof that you have the authority to be out of school
and are not truanting.
LEAVE IN TERM TIME
• If you need to request time off school for any reason,
then a ‘Leave in Term Time’ Absence form should be
filled in. These are obtainable from the Attendance
Office or Reception. Your parents must fill this in and
return to the Attendance Office for consideration by
the Principal. When a decision has been made your
parents will be sent a copy of the form back.
Please remember that parents can be fined for
taking students out of school during term time!
• If you are late to school and arrive after the gates
are locked at 8.40am but before the end of form
time at 9.10am, enter through Gate 6 (by the boys
gym). Here, you will sign you in and be given a late
card. If you arrive to form 5 minutes after you sign
in you will be given a B3.
SUMMIT LEARNING TRU
• If you arrive after 9.10am you must enter school
through Gate 1 (reception) and come directly to the
attendance office to sign in. Again you will be given
a card and if you arrive to lesson 5 minutes after this
has been signed you will be given a B3. If there is a
genuine reason why you are late ask your parents to
sign your planner or give you a note or even ring in
to the Attendance Team to let us know.
• If you are persistently late then a letter will be sent to
your parents regularly.
• If you are late, truancy call will be sent to your
parents to let them know you have arrived late.
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