Thank you to parents for ensuring that all students are in school by 8.45am every day. 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 buying unhealthy snacks before school as these do not help them to learn.

As we will now have 300 pupils in each Year 7, the new tennis courts, new classroom block and extended dining facilities are progressing well. Please remind your child to be careful around the site, walk only in the pedestrian areas and to be mindful of new signs around the building work as work will start at the front of school soon. A new astroturf will be installed in the next few weeks.

Year 11 and Year 13 students are now preparing for public exams. By working hard every day, 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. Revision and intervention classes take place every day at lunch time. For GCSE English, Mr Bruff’s resources on youtube are good. Maths are running a continuous revision schedule which requires students to log into Mathswatch using their school email address without the part to learn the sections before students are challenged to solve problems in class. CGP Revision guides in science, GCSE pod, subject websites and our moodle site provide a huge range of revision materials as well. There are lots of support materials as well as advice on our website and on our twitter account including helping to maintain the mental health of all students.

Year 8 and 9 option choices are due in this week. 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 being squeezed into two years. Pupils can still enjoy subjects that they may not choose to study at GCSE as we have a huge range of Subject Societies for younger students to enjoy.

As we pray and work hard every day to enable every child to fulfil their individual potential, we were delighted to hear that five Canon Slade Sixth Form students received offers to study at Oxford University with well over a hundred more receiving offers from excellent universities or for prestigious apprenticeships. Our current Sixth Form students are on track to achieve even better results and our Senior Maths team performed brilliantly at the National Mathematics Final last month. Our students and staff have worked hard to prepare for our Back to the 80s shows and Dance Shows. Thank you for supporting them.

Dr Eves and his team will be meeting with all students who have applied for our outstanding Sixth Form in the next few weeks. 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 brilliant Canon Slade Association (CSA), which is our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), are holding a delicious Chocolate Tasting Evening on 20th March at 7pm. This event was excellent last year with lots of chocolates to taste and buy on a fun evening which is perfect timing for Mothering Sunday and Easter. Any parents or friends who would like to sponsor one of our school sports kits or donate raffle prizes for fundraising events please contact The Canon Slade Association will also be holding Bags2School on 17th May so please donate any items you can.

Thank you for your support making sure every child is in school on time every day in correct uniform with all the school equipment and books they need for the day,

Mr D Burton
Canon Slade School