Parents of pupils in Year 9 are invited to a meeting next Wednesday which will advise on how parents may provide support for pupils following courses which lead to the new GCSEs and other examinations.  Curriculum Leaders for English and Mathematics will speak briefly about the demands of new GCSE specifications in these key subjects.  Parents will receive a Guide to Courses at KS4.  This will give details of the main topics to be covered in each specification, tips for parents and useful websites for research and revision.  Please note that Year 9 pupils are also invited to come to this meeting.  If parents are unable to attend, the written information distributed at the meeting will be sent home to you in the days following the Information Evening.

All our Year 11 pupils will take part a day of skills building activities next Monday, 16 October.  This will include a focus on study skills and revision strategies in preparation for mock examinations, assistance in making post-16 education applications, writing personal statements and interview preparation.  Pupils will also participate in Restart a Heart Day and receive training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Restart a Heart Day is a Europe-wide initiative developed by the European Resuscitation Council.  It was launched in 2013 to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.  Every year, around 350,000 Europeans suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.  This may occur anywhere: in the street, at work, or while exercising or doing other strenuous activity.  Unfortunately the vast majority of cardiac arrests happen at home, where family members are the only witnesses and the only ones with the chance to save their loved ones.  It adds to the tragedy of the situation that we would lose a loved one just because we did not know what to do in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.  Bystander CPR by lay people increases survival by two to three times.  However, today it is delivered in only one in five cases.  That is why fewer than one in 10 of these patients survive.  Increasing this rate may save 100,000 lives in Europe per year.

Thank you to all the parents of Year 11 pupils who attended the information meeting yesterday evening.  The session gave parents important information about mock examinations, revision preparation and coursework deadlines.   Advice was offered about how to support pupils at home, as well as the provision in place in school.  Parental support is vital in this challenging final year and by working together we can ensure that your son or daughter is in the best possible position to achieve success.

The school closes for half term at 3.15pm next Friday, 20 October, and re-opens to pupils at 8.55am on Monday 30 October.

Everyone is invited to see the school at work at our Open Day.  Please come along between 11am and 1.30pm tomorrow.  Find out what the school has to offer your child: high academic achievement; excellent teaching; superb learning facilities; many clubs, sports and activities; effective pastoral care.  Meet our gifted pupils and highly qualified teams of specialist teachers. Join in many quizzes, games, challenges and fun activities.  Our new school prospectus and a booklet about our latest examination results will be available for parents tomorrow.  Copies are attached to this letter.  Open Day is for everyone: children, parents, friends and family.  All welcome!

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