Dear Parents / Carers,
As we reach the end of Term 2, we will be holding a number of assemblies which will lay out our expectation of students in preparation for learning – we call this ‘The Winterbourne Way’, and it encapsulates everything we do as an Academy and as a Learning Community. We see the learning of our students as a partnership between home and school and would be very grateful for your help and support in ensuring that students are appropriately dressed and equipped for school from the very start of Term 3.
We take pride in the appearance of our students. As the colder weather approaches, we are insisting that items of outdoor clothing are removed inside the buildings. We are keen to create consistency and routine in this areas and for our focus to be on Teaching and Learning. We are lucky at Winterbourne that each student is allocated a locker to store their equipment, kit and outdoor clothing during the day. The students will be allocated a new locker at the start of Term 3. We hope, in most instances, that these will be located close to tutor bases and that their use becomes part of the morning registration routine.
We ask that each student provides a sturdy padlock to secure their locker. As an Academy, we cannot accept responsibility for the loss of personal items. Please ensure that your child’s belongings are clearly labelled.
Phones, MP3 players, Headphones and Electronic devices
In keeping with our desire to focus on Teaching and Learning, we are keen to keep distractions to an absolute minimum. To this end, we will be insisting that students keep Phones, MP3 players, Headphones and any kind of electronic device switched off and stored in their bags or lockers throughout the school day. We would be very grateful to you for your support in encouraging this – students found using their devices or wearing Headphones around the Academy will have the equipment confiscated and placed in Main School Reception. They will only be able to reclaim their effects at the end of the school day which will have been stored securely in labelled envelopes for ease of identification. Refusal to surrender a confiscated device will result in a Senior Leadership Detention.
In order to maximise learning time and avoid students being out of lessons we will be asking that students fill water bottles during break and lunch times only.
We are lucky at Winterbourne to have sufficient water dispensers to allow this to happen and would be grateful of your support in encouraging your child to follow these guidelines.
At WIA we have expectations about students being ready and prepared for their learning through having the correct stationery and writing materials to support them in class and at home. Students should be equipped with a pencil case containing the following basic equipment:
- Black or blue pen
- Purple pen
- Scientific calculator
There will be regular equipment checks as part of the Tutorial programme.
We will also be encouraging students to move efficiently between lessons to ensure prompt and smooth lesson transitions. Staff will be out and about between lessons to support each other in making this happen.
Transforming the Learning Environment
We are currently working to transform our Learning Environment – creating ‘working walls’ which will support students in their work as well as illustrate our expectations and values to them. The new qualifications demand knowledge, application of skills and attention to detail. Our plan include enabling our students to know what excellent work looks like and also to encourage an Ethic of Excellence. Below are examples of the posters they’ll be able to see in classrooms and around the building on their return in 2018; staff will be spending some of the working time on the forthcoming Inset Days creating and constructing materials for this purpose.
We will also be asking all students to take pride in their work, both in terms of how they keep their books and how they make corrections; you can help us in this endeavour by ensuring they are equipped for school.
When you’re talking to your child about their work, please make mention of the expectations for presentation of work and look out for evidence of this focus in their books. The new qualifications also demand excellent and accurate presentation and we are keen to embed this approach in our students’ work right from the very start of their time at the Academy.
As we go into tho 2018 we will be looking forward to meeting with you in a variety of contexts as the Parents evening cycle begins.
We will also be inviting you to another Parent Focus / Meet the Senior Team event. Curriculum Support evenings, initially with a focus for Year 11, will also be scheduled from Term 3 onwards.
Following the successful launch of Hegarty Maths we are also investing time in researching and exploring a variety of platforms with a view to introducing more efficient and effective systems for the setting, recording and monitoring of Homework.
As ever, you are always welcome to contact your child’s Tutor or Class Teacher with any speific queries you may have.
If you have any queries about our expectations, or about The Winterbourne Way, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or my colleagues from the Senior Team.
With all best wishes for the Christmas and New Year break
Andrea William-Jones (Mrs) Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Winterbourne International Academy