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The School: Weekly news bulletin for parents

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Below is the weekly letter from Mrs Woodfin emailed to all parents/carers:

If you are not receiving this email please ring the school office on 0118 9353353 or email so that we can update your email details.

Events in date order for w/c Monday 25th February (Week B)

For Cucina’s delicious menus click here

For the 2019 – 2020 term dates click here

For the headteacher’s letter regarding the change to school uniform click here

Addendum: School tie requirements for current year 10.

Thank you for all your positive feedback concerning the new school tie, we can confirm that current year 10s will not be required to purchase the new school tie for September 2019. For current years 7 – 9, the new school tie will be compulsory from September 3rd 2019. Many thanks for your support.

All student reports are now ready to view on SIMS Parent App. To log in go to:

 If you require a paper copy please contact the school office.


Monday 25th February

Inset day – school closed to students.

Running all week, Year 11 mock exams – for the timetable click here

Running all week, Year 8 Options assemblies.


Tuesday 26th February – school re-opens for students at 8.30am


Wednesday 27th February

Year 5 Science Club, 3.30 – 4.30.


Thursday 28th February

Year 5 Maths in Action, 2.30 – 3.30.

Parent Forum, 6pm – 7pm in the Sixth Form Centre. Topic: ‘Understanding your teenagers’ emotions’. Please email to book a place.


Friday 1st March

University of Reading Choir Workshop, 9am – 3pm.


Dates for your diary

Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th March – Open Mornings

Tuesday 5th March, Year 12 Geography trip, 9am – 3pm.

Thursday 7th March, Year 12 Art trip to Reading University, 8.30am – 3pm.

Friday 8th March, UofR Choir Workshop, 9am – 3pm.

Friday 8th March, Writing for Teenagers Conference at Leighton Park School, 9.15 – 3.15.

Friday 29th March, Thorpe Park STEM Fair for year 8 (Letters are available in student reception)

Click here for Bracknell Bees news and game vouchers

Parent Conferences

Do you know exactly where your son or daughter is during the evening and at the weekend? Do you know every friend they have? The answer to those questions is almost certainly ‘no’.

It is normal and healthy for teenagers to have the freedom to go out with their friends and to socialise with a diverse range of people, both in the real world and online, but this puts them at risk. As their parent, you need to be able to talk to your teenager about how to keep safe and how to make informed choices, but would you know where to begin? Do you know what risks exist, what advice to give or what signs to look for which might suggest they need help?

In order that you are better placed to have those discussions at home, and to understand the risks facing your children, we have organised some sessions for parents covering issues such as drugs, grooming and criminal exploitation, county lines and online safety. These are issues affecting young people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities locally. The sessions are run by specialists and are supported by other agencies. Please click here for more information and contact details.

Whilst we all hope that these issues never affect our children, we have to recognise that they could, and that our best defence is to arm ourselves and our children with information and advice.

You can attend one or all of the sessions - just sign up to the ones that interest you using the parentconference@... email address for the relevant school/schools. They cost nothing, but might really help you.

Year 9 vaccinations, Monday 4th March 2019

Dear Year 9 Parents/Carers,

The Y9 Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio (Td/IPV), Meningitis ACWY vaccinations will be administered in school on Monday 4th March 2019 and your child will have brought home a consent form. Please read both sides of

the form carefully, complete and sign it and then return to school by Friday 1st February. Prompt return of your form will be appreciated.  If you do not have one, please contact School reception or email


Good afternoon from National Online Safety

In this technological era, making friends online and communicating with them are normal parts of life. Unfortunately, there are people out there who may try and exploit your trust. This #WakeUpWednesday we're talking about 'Catfishing'; fake social profiles that go above and beyond to catch their victims... hook, line and sinker!
Many thanks for your continued support and for helping us to achieve a safer online world for children!

Adult and Community Learning

Wokingham Borough Council

We’ve added a few more Adult Learning courses into this half term that you might be interested in:

  • Interview Skills, Wednesday 20th June, 9.30-12, Ambleside Centre, Woodley
  • Applying for Jobs, Wednesday 27th June, 12.30-2.30, Ambleside Centre, Woodley
  • Staying Safe Online, Thursday 28th June, 6.30-8.30pm, Highwood School, Woodley
  • Applying for Jobs, Wednesday 4th July, 12.30-2.30, Brambles Children’s Centre, Wokingham

All details are on our course listing online, and our Facebook and Twitter pages as well.

Have a restful half term break.

With best wishes,

Amanda Woodfin,


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