AVS Newsletter May 20 2016

Fortnightly News May 20th 2016 MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD TEACHER Dear Parents and Carers The big day for year 11 finally arrived on Tuesday of this week when all 220 of our GCSE students filed into the Sports Hall or the Library to take the first Science paper of the 2016 examination season – for many of them this was their first full paper and the first step in a month long process that will leave them feeling drained at the end. If you have a year 11 student at home please help them to look after themselves over the next few weeks. Plenty of rest and sensible food will enable them to keep their energy levels up as they work their way through the papers and it is vital that home and school work together to support them through this final period of their education at Avon Valley. The end of May is an important time in a school’s calendar as it is at this point that we fix our staffing for the next academic year. I am delighted to say that this year, like last, we have a very stable staffing position with the majority of our staff staying on into the next Academic year. However, it is inevitable that there is a small amount of change and this week around 100 students have taken part in the selection process for Avon Valley’s new Assistant Headteacher. I am always impressed with the students’ ability to see to the heart of what each candidate has to offer and would like to thank all of those involved but in particular the students who took part in the Student Panel interview. At the end of a gruelling two day process I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Hawkins who will be joining us from Northamptonshire in September. As we start to look towards the end of the academic year, I would like to encourage the parents of all year 10 students to ensure that they have finalised arrangements for their Work Experience placements and the parents of students in years 7- 9 to ensure that your sons and daughters return the reply forms for the activity day planned in the last week of term. As with many other occasions in life, missing the deadline is likely to limit the options available. Therefore please help your child to plan ahead, so that they are not disappointed. Alison Davies Head Teacher PARENTS’ EVENING Parents' evenings are important because they give you an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with subject staff and find out how they are getting on in general. More recently there have been opportunities at parents evening to find out if you are eligible for Free School Meals and to sign up to the School Gateway – an electronic communication system between school and home. This year has seen the introduction of a new parents evening booking system that has allowed parents to book appointments rather than students. I have received several comments from parents as a result of the new system: “Can I say that this way of booking appointments has been a breeze. Whoever designed the layout and format made a great job with the user in mind. It's a shame I wasn't able to book an appt with 1 teacher as they were fully booked, but you had even thought of that, by adding a waiting list option. Thank you” “A fantastic idea and so easy to use” I am aware that problems still exist such as appointments running over and this can then have a knock on effect with other appointment times. If a parent misses an appointment, please do not hesitate to email the school for feedback on your child, or call to speak to their teacher. If you are unable to attend, the Achievement Leaders are happy to coordinate feedback from all staff then call you to discuss your child’s progress. Don’t forget to follow @AvonValleySch on Twitter and AvonValleySchool on Facebook for up-to-date information and news