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Head Teacher Parent/Carer Update Summer 2019

Published on 23rd July 2019

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the Summer Break. On behalf of the school and Governors I would like to thank you for your continued support. If your child is in Year 6 and this is your first experience of Fernwood Secondary School I offer you a particularly warm welcome. I am very proud of the staff and students alike.

Summer Holidays and Staff Farewell

As is the Fernwood tradition we will finish on Friday 26th July at 1pm. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following staff for their service to the school community.

Mr Halliday is retiring having contributed to the life of the school since 1982. He has helped to build a very successful technology faculty and although he has been part time since 2014 he is often in school on his ‘days off’ working on projects and supporting students.

Three colleagues have deservedly gained promotion to other schools. We wish them all the very best for their futures; Mr Saunders, Mr Young and Mrs Baxter. Two colleagues have decided to take their talents and skills into new careers and we wish Mrs Willshire and Miss Clamp all the very best.

The New School Term – September

Please note the school day will start at 8:30 am and finish at 3:10 pm. Tutor time and assemblies will recommence at the start of the school day and the split lunch will be divided as follows allowing an hour break for each child:

  • Years 7-9       1:10 – 2:10 pm
  • Years 10-11 12:40 – 1:40 pm

The split lunch situation is a direct result of the building work and expanding school.

Monday 2nd September: INSET day (no students in school).
Tuesday 3rd September: Year 7 and 10 students only. (Year 7: all day. Year 10: 10:00 – 12:45 only.)
Wednesday 4th September: All students in school.

Discipline and Restorative Justice

I would like to thank the students themselves for their good behaviour, maturity and ability to self-regulate their emotions. This is not always easy and can at times prove challenging. To that end, I draw your attention to the work of staff and tutors with regards to Restorative Justice. Following these principles, when students make wrong choices they are asked to reflect on the impact on themselves and others. This will continue to be the manner and tone of the school as we seek for students to grow into positive role models that we can remain proud of.

My reflections on mobile phones and any form of potential drugs including vape pens is clear and fully supported by the Governing Body. In short, they are banned. In order to continue ensuring Fernwood is a safe and orderly school more systematic searches of whole class groups will commence in September. This is considered to be effective practice.

I draw to your attention a reported incident in Manchester last week:

” Nine young people have collapsed after unwittingly using a vaping liquid containing the synthetic drug Spice, it has emerged. Health agencies have warned people to avoid products sold as “THC vape …” We need to maintain vigilance.

Car Parking and dropping off students on Goodwood Road

To the small minority of parents that park on this road or reverse cars as 1000 students arrive or leave please refrain from doing so. A student was knocked over recently and thankfully was relatively unscathed. Please note the council are considering residents’ parking permits at the start and end of the school day. If this occurs, cars would not be permissible at the start and end of the school day on the school road, residents being the exception.

Uniform Expectations

The school takes great pride in the appearance of its students and in the co-operation of parents and carers on this matter.  We all need to work together to maintain our high standards in terms of uniform – this is extremely important to the general discipline and tone of the school, where all students demonstrate that they are on board with the school by  wearing the appropriate school uniform, reflecting a smart dignified appearance.

With this in mind, please be reminded:

  • Trousers should be plain black, tailored (suit type), full length to the shoes and not rolled up.
  • Jeans, cords, tracksuits, leggings, jeggings and other fashion style trousers are not permitted.
  • Shoes must be a plain black leather school shoe (no boots/trainers/logos/sports shoes).
  • Coats should be plain black with no large logos. Hoodies are not permitted in school.
  • For health and safety reasons no jewellery may be worn.
  • Students are expected to ensure their hair is well groomed and of natural colour.  For health and safety reasons make up, nail polish and false nails, or excessive hair accessories are not permitted. No extreme hairstyles are allowed.
  • If a student is not in the correct uniform, they will be taken out of circulation at lunchtime to spend time in our designated uniform room.

Please also refer to the school website ( should you need any further clarification on uniform. Your help in supporting your child to uphold high expectations in relation to uniform is very much appreciated.


It is essential that students come to school ready to learn with the correct equipment.  Please make sure that on the first day they have:

A clear pencil case containing, black pen (x2), purple pen, green pen, ruler, rubber, pencil, compass, pencil sharpener, protractor, scientific calculator.

Through the school year please make sure that any missing equipment is promptly replaced.

Summer Concert and Sports Day

”The Summer Concert was the very best ever’, reflected Mr Crabtree, Head of Music. Similarly as I write students are engaged in the sports day events. These are great occasions for the whole school community and I would like to thank the students for their whole hearted participation. Staff in the areas of PE and Music have adapted to the split lunch and continue to offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities. I know as parents how much you appreciate that.

Year 11 and Exam Results

Please be aware that if your son or daughter is not able to collect the results on results day we need their written permission to provide them to another person – including parents. I look forward to seeing many of you in August and through the students and staffs hard work we wish you every success.

Finally to the new parents. I believe this is a very special school with a dedicated staff. To name a few examples many students avail of the sporting, music, Duke of Edinburgh and drama opportunities that exist. Parents appreciate that this is run on the goodwill of the staff. In addition we listen to parental feedback. As an example much work has been completed this year on the whole school assessment framework and reporting to parents. We look forward to working together with you.

Wishing you all a safe and healthy summer.

Kind regards


Paul Burke
Head Teacher


Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
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