25 May 2016
Message from the Head - Changes to the Pastoral System
Following the consultation which I wrote to parents about in March we have taken the decision to change the school’s core pastoral system from being based around Houses to being based around Year groups. This means that the person overseeing form tutors and leading on student progress, welfare, behaviour and attendance will be a Head of Year rather than Head of House.
The Heads of Year will assume leadership of their year group when we return after half-term on Monday 6th June. We have been planning this transition for several weeks and the Heads of Year and tutor teams are fully briefed.
The Heads of Year will be:Head of Year 7 Mrs Yardley Head of Year 8 Mr Heley Head of Year 9 Mrs Martin Head of Year 10 Miss Graham
Miss Froud-Davis will be Head of Year 7 in September and is already visiting Primary schools as part of the transition process. Please note that the other Heads of Year will "move up" with their Year groups in September, staying with them on their journey through the school as their form tutors do.
We will host a series of Parent Information Evenings for each Year group in September where you will be able to meet your son’s Head of Year and other key staff if you have not done so already. A reminder that the email addresses of all teachers are available on the school website should you need to make contact with them for any reason.
The House system will continue as the vehicle for enrichment and extra-curricular activities as it has always been throughout the history of St Birinus. We have exciting plans for the House system and further information will follow in the coming weeks.
John Marston, Headteacher
Linked to ideas of achievement is the implementation of a new learning outcomes system in all lessons. This centres around differentiated levels of achievement in each and every lesson structured around bronze, silver and gold standards – much more to come on this in the coming weeks but students are already very positive indeed about the change.
Finally, we are delighted to welcome Mr Russell Boulton to St Birinus School as teacher of Design Technology. Mr Boulton will be covering for Miss Cottrell’s maternity leave and we are very pleased indeed to recruit a teacher of his calibre in what is such a challenging time for teacher recruitment. We do of course also wish Miss Cottrell well with forthcoming events.
We finish this term on: Friday 27 MayThe half term is from: Monday 30 May to Friday 3 JuneReturn to school on: Monday 6 June, Week B