Well done to our Duathlon team who represented West Lancashire at the school games county finals. They competed against fifteen other districts and won the competition. They contributed towards the West Lancashire team’s total of 167 points which placed the West Lancashire team in 3rd place overall, only 17 points away from first place team, Chorley. They did the school and themselves immensely proud and we are over the moon to call ourselves County Duathlon Champions!
In advance of Enrichment week which begins on Monday 9th July, we have revised the dress code. Please note the changes and the standards expected on the following days.
Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th July – Bright Futures in school
Business wear or school uniform for both boys and girls. If not wearing school uniform, girls are expected to wear skirts of a reasonable length (knee length) and blouses or shirts. Boys can wear smart shorts. Blazers and ties are optional but not necessary.
Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July – West Lancs College and Runshaw College
Students may wear their own clothes for our visit to the colleges. However, pupils are ambassadors of Burscough Priory and as such are asked to ensure that their clothing is reasonable and respectful. Below is a list of clothing which should provide a guideline.
Monday 16th July – The ARMY
Students may wear their PE kit during this activity or a t-shirt and jogging bottoms.
Not Acceptable :
- Football / Sports kit
- Cargo Pants
Not Acceptable :
- Short/very short shorts
- Low cut/crop tops
- High heeled shoes
Dear parents & carers,
Due to the hot weather, we have made reasonable adjustments for the school day:
- Students do not have to wear blazers.
- Students can access water at break and during lunch, but not during lessons due to year 10 exams taking place.
- Some lessons are being relocated to air conditioned classrooms.
- In some lessons, students can remove their ties if they feel uncomfortable, but these must be replaced afterwards.
- Students can access shade at lunchtime by staying inside the building in designated rooms.
- We advise students that if they are on the field at lunchtime they wear sun cream.
PE activities have been limited in terms of exertion, and are being monitored in terms of heat.
Dear Parents, the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) team has written to all schools in Lancashire making them aware of a free online game called Doki Doki, also known as Doki Doki Literature Club, developed in 2017. It does warn it is not suitable for children, however the graphics and gameplay are clearly aimed at young people. It was noted the game can trigger emotional responses. Please can you monitor your child’s accessibility of this game as concerns have been raised about the emotional content.
Apologies for the short timescale, but as part of the process of leading the school forward under the guidance of Endeavour Learning Trust, the curriculum for next year is including two option choices for our current year 8 students. The children in year 8 have had an assembly today and have been given option forms and a letter to bring home today. The attached documents include the presentation they received and a brief outline of the courses they can opt for. Please discuss with your child and contact their Director of Learning, Mr K Collins if you need any information.
Year 8 Options presentation: here
Year 8 Options booklet: here
Parents and Carers of year 10 students should note the year 10 summer exam timetable that is attached. Part of the process of getting our students prepared for their GCSE exams is to do formal exams in the Hall between 25th June and 3rd July. Please support their revision. It is also really important that students should carry into the exam a black pen or biro, a pencil, a ruler and a calculator.
The exam timetable can be accessed here.
Summer School will this year be running from Monday 13 August until Friday 24 August and we have lots of fun and exciting days planned for our new starters. The Summer School day will run from 9:45am until 2:00pm Monday to Friday and will culminate in a celebration of everything that has been covered over the two week period on the final Friday, 24 August, where parents and carers will be invited to join us in celebrating the achievements of the previous fortnight.
Summer School is open for any student starting in Year 7 in September 2018 to apply for and letters will be sent out this week. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be reminded that Year 6 Intake Day will take place on Thursday 5th July, 9:30am until 3:00pm. Pupils will be required to wear their current primary school uniform and a spare pair of trainers for outdoor activities.
Mrs H Livesley
Director of Year 7 and Transition
Year 11 Student study leave arrangements
The students have worked hard and their attitude in the examination hall has been first rate. We are proud of them all. However, the amount of work they are now able to do in lessons after concentrating so hard in exams is reducing. Tomorrow (Friday 25th May) they will sit a two and a quarter hour exam in English Literature. We assess the time is now right to give study leave to all students after that examination has finished.
Study leave will work as follows;
- Students will be expected in school for their examinations at 8.50 am for a morning exam or 1.00pm for an afternoon exam. They should head straight for the Dining Hall where we will register them.
- Normal timetable for year 11 is still open and staffed by teachers. That means that a student can talk with their teacher and go through questions. We do not require students to attend their normal lessons although we do advise them to do so when they have not yet taken their exams in that subject. If a student is attending any of these normal lessons, they must sign in at the front office on arrival to school.
- When students leave after an exam or attending a lesson they must sign out at the school office.
- Students may attend school all day if they wish. They must follow their normal timetable if not in exams and be present in all of their normal lessons doing revision and work with their teacher. If students disrupt learning they will be required to study at home and sign out from school immediately.
- A schedule of additional interventions over the half term (Tuesday – Friday) can be accessed here and students are welcome to attend these sessions.
We anticipate that the majority of our students will choose to sign out after the English exam tomorrow. We cannot be certain, but we expect it will finish at around 11.30am. Please discuss with them your expectations for how they get home after that time.
As a year group, they have shown great maturity over the past few weeks. Teachers are available to help in school as outlined above over the final 4 weeks of exams. We are confident that they will do well and continue to be supported in revision at home.
Link for intervention/revision timetable: here
Link for GCSE exam timetable: here
Dear parents/carers of Y11 pupils
Re: Y11 Study Leave
All staff have been working hard to support Year 11 students in preparation for their GCSE examinations. There are regular revision and intervention sessions, as well as plenty of encouragement. This year due to changes in the GCSE examinations there will be more exams which in some cases last far longer than the traditional GCSE examinations. Therefore, it is vital that all Year 11 students make the most of the lessons they have in school between their examinations. Students are expected to be in school until half term. There have been requests from parents for study leave for their child and in some cases this has been granted. I sincerely hope all Year 11 students will make the most of the opportunities offered by staff and keep attending their lessons.
Dr Graham Clarke
Change to school lunchtime for GCSE examinations
GCSE examinations are scheduled to start on Monday 14th May. As in previous years, we have to move the school lunchtime forward by one hour at this time so that the start of an afternoon examination and lunchtime does not clash. This means that from 14th May until the end of the summer term, our lunchtime will run from 12.10pm to 12.55pm.
If your child goes home for lunch this will obviously mean that you can expect them to arrive home one hour earlier and come back to school ready for a 12.55pm start. If this change means your child can no longer go home at lunchtime, please let us know and they will be welcome to stay and buy food from our canteen or eat their own packed lunch.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes.
Mr T Edgar