Dear parents and carers,
The new term continues to gather pace and our efforts continue to intensify as we support our pupils with their wellbeing and academic progress. As a school we always value the continued support of parents and indeed the time that you invest in working with the school when needed. Nevertheless, members of staff are not always readily available for meetings during the school day, given their teaching commitments. Therefore we are no longer in a position to accommodate drop in / unscheduled parental meetings during the school day. I would therefore ask that you kindly contact your child’s Head of Year in the first instance should you need to see or speak to a member of staff. This is in order to reduce valuable time spent by parents waiting for teachers. Instead you are welcome to email the first point of contact for your child from the list outlined below.
1. For pastoral queries or issues
The following Heads of Year are the nominated first point of contact for pastoral matters for your child. You are also most welcome to telephone the school receptionist who will forward your call to the relevant person. We aim to return calls within one working day of receiving them.
Nominated First Contact(s) / Heads of Year
Ms B Wilshire
Ms L Fry
Ms K Spencer
Mrs K Reed
Mrs K Jenkins
Mr L McKay
Mr L Boucher-Hamon
Ms C Power
Mr L Boucher-Hamon
Urgent safeguarding concerns that you wish to communicate with school should be phoned directly through to the school asking for:
Mr Walker Assistant Headteacher (Wellbeing and Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding) or
Mrs K Thomas (Deputy Designated Senior Person and Wellbeing Manager)
2. For academic/ subject specific issues
If you have specific concerns relating to your child’s academic progress in a specific subject please contact the relevant Head of Department through the following email address: Bishopvaughan@Hwbcymru.net.
Notably, it is acknowledged that these are also difficult times for many families due to the cost of living crisis and financial pressures on households. Against this backdrop, school continues to provide routine and consistency for pupils whilst also providing academic challenge and a rich variety of extra curricular activities to nurture the whole person. There are currently dozens of free after-school activities on offer, in addition to the lunchtime clubs during the school day. Importantly teachers are available to support our pupils after school from 3pm – 4pm Monday through to Thursday every week in Learning Zone. Pupils in any year group may work in small groups, independently or receive one to one tuition in a range of subjects including mathematics and English amongst others. Wellbeing activities such as reading for pleasure and arts and crafts projects are also available. All pupils are welcome.
If you require specific support with any further issues during this time please be in touch – we are here to help. In this vein, I would also ask also that communications to staff are respectful of the valuable role that they play in a child’s life. The staff are mindful of the pressures on families and will continue to do their best for pupils.
Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy and successful remainder of the Christmas term.