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Headteachers Letter – November 2019

Published on 12th November 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are all well. I am very pleased with how the students settled last term. It was entirely as I would hope, a very calm and purposeful atmosphere.

Year 11 The senior leadership team have or are meeting with individual Year 11 tutor groups. I am impressed by the maturity of the two tutor groups that I have met and have been able to praise many of the students. Where staff have identified shortcomings, these are addressed in a supportive manner and I trust that your son or daughter is working hard with regards to the mock examinations which start at the end of November. Students should be in receipt of their exam timetables.

We have had a very well-attended Careers Fair. Interview Skills Day takes place next week in which all of Year 11 will have an interview with a local employer or college representative. Applications to colleges are well underway, and we are delighted to see so many of them having such positive ideas about their futures.

Examination Results When results are finally published I would ask you to take note of the percentage of students taking the EBacc suite of qualifications. The vast majority of our students (70%) sat those qualifications. The EBacc (required by some university courses) includes English, Maths, a Modern Foreign Language and either Geography or History. The evidence is clear it is more challenging for students to perform well when taking those qualifications and yet our students continue to make great progress.

Building Work The building work is on schedule and should be completed early on next term (weather permitting). Mr Rowe and I have walked the current construction site. The space it will provide, including hall, drama and sports facilities is something to look forward to.

Wear What You Like Day This will take place on Friday with all proceeds going to Children in Need. Please can your child hand a £1 into their tutor on Friday morning if they are taking part.

Duke of Edinburgh Last term Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh expeditions took place with many staff giving freely of their time at weekends. As part of the scheme students have to perform a service to the community. The total number of hours given to the community as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme by Fernwood students was a staggering 1,274 hours in the last year. A big congratulations to all the students involved.

Physical Education The students continued to perform extremely well: Year 10 and 11 Badminton teams won Silver and Gold medals and the Year 9 girls football team won the City Cup. It is not simply about winning – all the teams, successful or not are expected to conduct themselves with integrity. Lunch and after school clubs are running and extracurricular timetables can be found on the school website. The majority of PE lessons are outside currently and I have been asked to remind students to ensure they have the correct kit.

PTA I would also like to remind all parents that the PTA supports the school to provide funding through a range of events. These are all included on the school website.

Various dates

Year 7 Meet the tutors Tuesday 12th November

Year 11 Interviews skills day Tuesday 19th of November

The Christmas Concert Wednesday 18th of December

Finally, I would like to let you know that Mr S Crandley has been successfully promoted to Assistant Headteacher. He is also continuing to fulfil the role as Head of Maths until a permanent appointment is made.

Yours sincerely


Paul Burke

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
0115 9286 326 |
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