Thank you to all parents for an excellent start to term. Attendance is just under 97% with year 7 leading the way on 98.1%. Please ensure your child has some healthy, hearty breakfast every morning. Research shows that breakfast is so important for pupils’ learning and our dining rooms are open early for this as well. We do not want pupils to fill up with sweets or sugary drinks which simply give them a sugar rush before school and do not help pupils to learn.

As we now have 300 pupils in each Year 7, the Local Authority has granted us money for a large, new classroom block along with extended dining facilities and new tennis courts to replace the ones where the new building will go. The contractors are due to start work this week so please remind your child to be careful around site, walk only in the pedestrian areas and to be mindful of new signs around the building work. We will also be having a new astro-turf in the next few months from a kind donation.

All Year 11 students received their GCSE mock exam grades on mock results day, 18th January. By working hard every day, Year 11 students can increase their grades in every subject. Government rules now mean that any student who does not achieve at least a grade 4 in English and Maths this summer will have to keep repeating the exam each summer until they pass them both. Year 11 teachers are providing a whole range of revision and intervention classes. For English, Mr Bruff’s resources on youtube are good, as is Mathswatch, the CGP Revision guides in science, GCSE pod, subject websites and our moodle site provide a huge range of revision materials as well. Mathswatch clips are only a few minutes long each and they cover all the topics.

Options Evenings for Years 8 and 9 have taken place to give pupils and parents information, advice and guidance on choosing subjects for GCSE. We are now moving to give pupils Year 9, 10 and 11 in which to study for GCSE exams as the new courses are much harder with much more content and we want all pupils to enjoy studying their subjects rather than the course be squeezed into two years. Pupils can still enjoy subjects that they may not choose to study at GCSE as our Sixth Form students provide a huge range of Subject Societies for younger students to enjoy.

We enjoyed wonderful Carol Services at the end of last term. Pupils’ behaviour was excellent and, as more than observer said, ‘I wish we could bottle that so everyone can experience it throughout the country. Over two hundred pupils were involved in the carol services and this week our Year 11 footballers have been playing in the last 32 of the national cup as well.

As our motto and mission statement say we pray and work hard every day to enable every child to fulfil their individual potential. We are very pleased that five Canon Slade Sixth Form students have received offers to study at Oxford University with well over a hundred more receiving offers from excellent universities or for prestigious apprenticeships. Students are now sitting mock examinations to help them achieve the grades they need this summer. Our current Sixth Form students are on track to achieve some of the best results in the country and our team is in the National Mathematics Final next month.

Applications for our outstanding Sixth Form must be received by 15th February so we can meet with all Canon Slade students and all the students applying from other schools in March. Students need to achieve at least 5 grade 5 passes at GCSE but admission requirements for some subjects do vary. Please contact Dr Eves with any questions about the Sixth Form.

Our wonderful Canon Slade Association (CSA), which is our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), met recently. If any parents or friends would like to sponsor one of our school sports kits or donate raffle prizes for fundraising events please contact csa@canon-slade.bolton.sch.uk We will be having a Chocolate Tasting Evening on 20th March. We all thoroughly enjoyed this evening last year and there are a huge range of lovely chocolates to buy for Mothering Sunday and Easter.

Thank you for your support making sure every child is in school on time every day,

Mr D Burton
Headteacher
Canon Slade School