Headteacher start of year letter

Friday 21 September 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome to a new school year and a modified school building. The pupils have been back at school for almost three weeks and new pupils as well as existing have settled in well. Studies are going well in all subject areas and I feel very positive about the focused learning and progress that will take place this year.

Key Worker
All pupils at the Courtyard have a key worker. Your child’s key worker fulfils a pastoral role for your child. They will support your child to best access the curriculum and make progress. If your child is experiencing any anxiety which is creating a barrier to them making progress with academically or socially, it is the responsibility of the key worker to investigate this and best aid your child to reduce this anxiety. Your child’s key worker is your first contact if you have any concerns regarding your child’s health and well-being. If you are unaware of who your child’s key worker is, please refer to their planner where it is documented.

Homework
All pupils will be receiving homework for all subject areas they are studying. The pupils will be required to write their homework in their planners, including the date the homework is due in. We recognise that completing homework at home can sometimes be a challenge for our pupils but the expectation is still in place to support their transition into mainstream further education or employment in the future. We therefore ask that you can be mindful of this expectation and support your child as much as possible to complete homework to the best of their ability and to hand it in on time. It is important that you refer to your child’s planner to keep abreast of the homework set and discuss it with your child. It should be noted that non-completion of homework will have consequences such as missing breaks or lunch times to catch up and/or a demerit if incompletion continues.

Homework schedule
Courtyard lessons:
Maths, English, ICT, Science – 1 hour a week
PAIL (Preparation for Adult Independent Life) subjects - PSD, Home Cooking, Performing Arts, Art, World Studies – 1 hour per fortnight
Mainstream SMMA lessons:
Maths, Science – 2 hours per week
Computer Studies – 1 hour per week

Timetables
All pupils have been issued with their timetables. The pupils must have a copy of their timetable in their planner. If we have your email address, we will also email you a copy of your child’s timetable for your reference.

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals
Pupil premium is a designated amount of money that the government allocates to each school, based upon a number of factors which are linked to the perceived deprivation of certain pupils in school. This money is meant to be spent directly or indirectly on those pupils who are considered vulnerable because they are not meeting National Expectations in terms of attainment. Within our school, the money is spent on children entitled to free school meals.
Parents can apply for free school meals by completing the free school meals form which has been sent home. By supplying the information required on this form, we are able to check your income status to check eligibility. The eligibility criteria are stated on the form.
I strongly urge you to consider whether your child is eligible for Free School Meals and as a result, the Pupil Premium funding. Not only will your child be able to access a free hot meal each day but the school receives £935 which will be used to directly support your child’s learning.
If you require any further assistance, please contact Louise Norman, the Courtyard Deputy for Behaviour & Safety.

New Courtyard website
Over the summer, the school website had a facelift and a change of name. The website address is https://smmathecourtyard.org/ Please do spend your time browsing the website. It is still under construction and new information will be published weekly. You can find information about term dates, curriculum, staff and governors, as well as school policies and parent testimonies.

Dates for your dairy – Autumn Term
5.10.18 – INSET Day – the school will be closed on this day for staff training
18/19.10.18 – INSET Days – the school will be closed on these days for staff training
1.11.18 – Courtyard Careers Event
2.11.18 – Shakespeare Schools Festival
22.11.18 – Parents evening
19.12.18 – RA1 reports

If you have any questions or concerns about your child and their learning please do not hesitate to contact your child’s key worker or email me directly.
Yours Sincerely

Deborah Shepherd
Headteacher
The Courtyard
Deborah.shepherd@smmathecourtyard.org

 

St Mary Magdalene Church Gardens
Holloway Road
London
N7 8LT

Tel: 0203 859 6350
Email: firstcontact@smmathecourtyard.org

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