At Tottington High School we pride ourselves in having excellent relationships with our families, but are aware that there is always a need to look to improve this relationship and increase forms of communication with our parents/carers. Our Parents’ Evenings are well attended and we regularly keep in touch with many parents via email or phone calls as well as face to face meetings.
Most of these methods are to serve you in relation to discussions about your individual child, but we know that we have many parents/carers who could contribute to help us ensure we are offering the best possible provision to all of our children. We wish to engage with more of our parents/carers to become more involved in our decision making, be able to ask us about what we are doing and reasons for some of the decisions we make.
To that extent, we are introducing our new Parental Forum, which we intend to get going this term through our first two initial meetings. It is then expected we will have one every half term next year. The purpose of the meeting is not to discuss any individual child, but to discuss whole school provision and of course specific aspects of that provision may or may well affect your own child. It is also an opportunity for us to promote the many wonderful positive things taking place here at Tottington High School.
We are continually looking at different ways in which we can promote all the fantastic work of this school whilst continuing on apace with our school improvement drive. As supportive parents/carers your thoughts and ideas would be very welcome.
Therefore, I would like to personally invite you to meet with myself, and one or two other colleagues on Thursday 27th June, from 6.00-7.00 pm. As a parent myself I do understand how busy life is trying to juggle work and home life commitments. However, your input moving forward would be greatly appreciated. Further meetings will have set agendas, which attendees can have the opportunity to contribute to.
If you feel you are able to attend, please could you contact Mrs J Rishton, my PA/Office Manager via the school email – firstname.lastname@example.org or write a brief note of intention to attend and send in to school for Mrs Rishton’s attention.
Many thanks again for your continued support.
Mr B Duffy
As part of the school’s careers provision students have access to a range of information and support so that they are prepared for when they finish school in year 11. As part of this provision, and in collaboration with Bury College the school has been able to organise a day in college for all year 10 students. The day has been organised to provide students with an opportunity to experience college life and study subjects and courses that they may pursue after leaving school.
Taster sessions for the range of subjects/courses (from A-levels to apprenticeships) available at Bury College have been provided to students and they have made their choices for the day. The sessions are taster sessions and we have encouraged students to make their selections with this in mind as the day is a valuable opportunity to investigate subjects/courses that they would like to know more about. Each student will be provided with an individual timetable based on their choices and they will follow this for the day. As well as the opportunity to sample the different subjects and courses the day has also been organised with the aim of providing students with an experience of wider college life.
Students will be required to make their own way to/from Bury College, navigate around the site during the day and study in the surroundings and facilities of a large campus. We hope that this challenge is one that students will embrace and to support them with this members of Tottington High School staff will be present in the taster sessions and around the campus during the day.
In terms of organisation on the day, students will be expected to arrive promptly for registration at the college. Registration will take place at 9:30am. Students will be required to organise their own transport/journey and they can bring a packed lunch or money to buy food from the college. Students will not be allowed off the college campus during break and lunchtime and students will be dismissed at 3:15pm. If there are any particular issues with transport, please contact me at school.
Any student that receives school meals will be provided with a packed lunch if required (please indicate this on the reply slip below).
Students will not be required to wear school uniform and should come dressed appropriately for the day. Standards of dress and professionalism will be emphasised to students before the visit. As with all of our non-uniform days, make-up and jewellery rules will be ‘relaxed’ but we insist on ‘sensible’ amounts of both. Tops must not reveal midriffs or shoulders and should not be ‘low-cut’. Any student who we feel is not following these guidelines will be removed from the day (parents/carers will be contacted). Under the circumstances we would appreciate your support in reinforcing this point to your child.
For some of the vocational courses specific clothing will be required. Particular requirements will be organised with individual students depending on the course/s they have chosen. Students will also be issued with a timetable that will provide details of the lessons and rooms that they will be in for the day.
It is hoped that the day will be a valuable and rewarding one for all year 10 students and that the experience of college and of subjects/courses that they are interested in will help support their post 16 choices and provide them with the motivation to fulfil their potential in year 11.
Students will be reminded of the importance of excellent behaviour and their responsibilities as representatives of the school. As with the appropriateness of clothing above, students that do not meet these high standards whilst at the college will be withdrawn from the day. Additional actions will be taken when back in school and there will be further implications for participation in future school visits and end of year activities.
I would like to thank you in advance for your support with this college visit for your son/daughter. Please could you complete the slip below and return it via your son/daughter to the Main Office at school.
Every year at this time we enter into discussions with TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) with respect to servicing the students who attend Tottington High School and part of that discussion this year has been concerning this service. We have been informed that for a period of time now the 892 service has been severely under capacity and is no longer a viable route. Therefore, it has been decided that from September 2019 this service will no longer run. The number of students using this service has been ‘dwindling’ for a number of years now and we take in very few students from this area including our proposed Y6-7 intake for September 2019.
This will of course cause some inconvenience to some students who will have to look at alternative means to get to and from school. As a possible alternative for some students, it may be possible to catch the 902 bus service which travels down Walmersley Road and eventually makes its way to THS.
We understand this is not ideal for some students and parents/carers but transport for schools is always under review as the geographical intake of schools can alter year on year and the demands on TfGM to fund services grow.
Please contact us if there is any matter in this letter you wish to discuss.
Mr B. Duffy
Letter to Parents 892
The LA had an SEND (Special Educational Needs) Ofsted inspection in June 2017 and Ofsted are returning to assess work done since to address areas for development in their original report. Parents are invited to contribute to that information if they so wish. This is about the local provision through the Local Authority and not about individual school performance in this aspect of education, although the Ofsted team will want to visit a selection of schools across the borough as well.
The meeting will take place on Monday 13 May 2019, at 7:30pm in the Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall, Knowsley Street, Bury.
Bury Council - Revisit Letter to Parents