Parents of Year 7 pupils are asked to note that the Mass of Welcome for Year 7 pupils will take place at 7.00pm in the school Hall on Wednesday 27 September.  This is a family event and you are very welcome to bring members of your family with you.  Year 7 pupils should attend the evening in full school uniform.  I look forward to seeing pupils and their parents.

Year 7 pupils are looking forward to their Day of Recollection at Otley Cricket Club next week. The purpose of this Day of Recollection is to give our pupils an opportunity to grow in their understanding and appreciation of faith and spirituality.  A voluntary contribution of £20 is requested to cover the costs of this educational visit.  Please make your payment by using ParentPay. For more information about ParentPay please see the front page of the school website. 

All pupils have been issued with a new Planner for the school year 2017-18.  As I am sure you are aware, the school operates a two week timetable.   We will complete the first cycle next Monday.  It would be helpful if you could begin checking the planner to ensure that your child’s homework is being completed.

I also remind parents of the need to read important information and sign the following pages:

Page 12: Home-School Agreement

Page 14: Emergency Closure and Non-Uniform Days

Page 15-16: After School Activities

Page 24: Permission for the Use of Pupil Photographs

Parents, please ensure that you have signed the above pages.

The Pupil Planner has been provided to pupils free of charge.  As you will be aware, there is a strain on our school budget this financial year.  In order to offset costs, the school is asking parents to make a voluntary contribution of £4 per pupil (a maximum of £8 per family) towards the cost of issuing Planners for the year.  Contributions should be made by ParentPay no later than Friday 22 September 2017.  The school does not accept cheques or cash in payment.

We will be testing all Year 7 pupils by means of nationally recognised tests known as Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) in the fortnight beginning Monday 18 September.  Four tests assess a pupil’s ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material through a series of verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial ability tasks.  These tests add to the existing data we have about your child and help the school to provide a learning experience to suit their needs.

Parents of Year 7 pupils have been sent a letter about a Day of Recollection at Otley Cricket Club. The purpose of this Day of Recollection is to give our pupils an opportunity to grow in their understanding and appreciation of faith and spirituality.  They will be encouraged to share their experiences and gifts with others and to build relationships.  Our pupils usually find this day a meaningful experience and they often manage to pray and feel close to God in a special way.  We expect pupils to participate and contribute fully to the programme.  The days will be scheduled as follows

Tutor Groups Date
7SHR, 7TEY Tuesday 26 September
7DER, 7SDN Wednesday 27 September
7CBI, 7JCO Thursday 28 September
7CGS Friday  29 September


Each Year 7 pupil will take part for one day only.  The visit will take place during the school day.  Pupils will depart by coach after morning registration at 9.10am and return to the school before 3.15pm, in time to catch school buses home. A voluntary contribution of £20 is requested to cover the costs of this educational visit.  Please make your payment by using ParentPay. For more information about ParentPay please see the front page of the school website. 

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