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Year 7

A MESSAGE FROM The Head of Year

Welcome to Year 7

Welcome Year 7, in what is the first step in their journey through Bitterne Park School. I am excited to lead the biggest year group the school has ever had as we continue to expand. This is an important year, where pupils become familiar with their new learning environment and engage in the wide range of opportunities Bitterne Park has to offer.

The Year 7 Pastoral Team consists of Mr Adams (Assistant Headteacher and Year 7 SMT link), Mr Joiner (Acting Head of Year 7), Mrs Wilson (Pastoral Manager), Miss Broom (Academic Manager) and our 12 tutors. These staff will be the main points of contact to Year 7 through this academic Year.

There can be a number of factors that can affect a pupil’s attainment and progress at school and attendance is certainly one of them. The year group together have been set an aspirational target of above 97%, which we hope to achieve by the end of this academic year. Attendance is tracked weekly and fed back to all pupils. Pupils under 90% are classified by government as persistently absent and at this stage, if intervention doesn’t work, the Educational Welfare Officer would work with the school.

In Year 7 we like to teach the importance of being organised and prepared for every lesson. This involves having the appropriate equipment, completing all homework, being in the right frame of mind to concentrate throughout every lesson and being willing to attend after school clubs.

It is important that students wear the correct uniform at all times while at school. This allows pupils to look their best and demonstrate pride in themselves and the school and as such request your continued support in this area.

At this point I would like to remind you that mobile phones and I-Pods are not allowed in school. If they are brought to school, the school accepts no responsibility for their security or replacement. Pupils caught using either of the above items will have them confiscated, if this becomes a persistent problem parents will have to come to the school to collect them from the year office. Should you ever need to contact your child then please call the school directly.

Both myself and Mr Adams will be continually monitoring the progress of the year group and each I&G Day, I will inform all parents of effort scores and attainment. Pupils are actively encouraged to challenge themselves to improve, take part in school activities and to build on previous achievements and successes. I would like to thank you in advance for your continued help and support in ensuring that this continues.

We would like to give you early notification of the IAG Days and Year 7 Parents’ Evening. IAG 1 is on the 23rd November, IAG 2 is on the 17th March and IAG 3 is on the 12th  July.  This year, Parents’ Evening for Year 7 will be on different dates depending on what band your child is in. B band Parents’ Evening is on the 10th May and P band Parents’ Evening is on the 17th May. These are all key events through the academic year which enable every child to reflect on current progress and to receive key information and guidance on how to further achieve.

The Year 7 Pastoral Team are excited to be supporting this superb year group in their first steps of the journey at Bitterne Park School. This cohort is a very talented group of individuals and I look forward to seeing them flourish inside and outside the classroom.

Should you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me on direct dial number 02380 294127 or lewis.joiner@bitterneparkschool.org.uk

Mr Joiner

Acting Head of Year 7