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					IMPORTANT INFORMATION Please ensure that this letter gets home Also available on our website
June 2007

Dear Parent/Guardian,

INFORMATION LETTER NO. 7
This is the final newsletter of the year. As the year draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the efforts you have all made over the year. We are particularly pleased with the improvements in standards and expectations that have taken place and we believe that the impact of this will be reflected in our results. Well done to Years 11, 12 and 13 who have been working hard taking external examinations and we do hope that all students achieve their required grades. Results Days are as follows: THURSDAY 16TH AUGUST 2007 A/S and A Level GCE examination results – issued at 10.30 a.m. THURSDAY 23RD AUGUST 2007 National Diploma and GCSE results – issued at 10.00 a.m. INFORMATION FOR START OF THE YEAR On Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th August 2007 the College is open for staff training days. On Thursday 30th August 2007 College starts for all Key Stage 4 students (8.40 a.m. start time). For Post 16 students separate details have been given, but Post 16 students are expected to use Thursday 30th and Friday 31st August to ensure their timetables are accurate and amended if necessary. Lessons start for Post 16 students on Monday 3rd September 2007 (at 8.40 a.m.).

OFSTED ACTON PLAN FOR 2007 - 2008 As you are all aware the OFSTED inspection in March this year removed our ‘notice to improve’ and stated that Burleigh, in all categories of inspection, was either satisfactory or good. We do congratulate all involved in achieving this and are pleased that the Local Authority, Governors and OFSTED now see considerable and positive change. We anticipate that these improvements will be reflected in the examination results. We are now finalising our ‘Action Plan’ and a provisional summary of this is attached with this letter. CHANGES TO REPORTING AND PARENTS EVENINGS Next year will see improvements in both of these and I will write to you with final details in September 2007. YEAR 10 EXAMINATIONS As you are aware students sat their Year 10 examinations between Monday 11th and Monday 18th June 2007. We were very pleased with the behaviour of the students who have clearly taken on board our expectations of their conduct in examinations. We would, however, like to remind you that mobile phones are not allowed in the examination, even if they are switched off. Students with mobile phones in the room are at risk of being disqualified from the examinations. Students are being asked to record their results from these examinations in their planners. We have asked all subject areas to ensure that students are informed of their grades by the end of term. After this point you should be able to see all of their results by looking on page 18 of the student planner. More detailed information will be sent home in September. UNIFORM We are grateful to the vast majority of parents who ensure that students arrive at College every day in full uniform. For September can I just ask you to make sure that: • • Students have a Burleigh polo shirt and black Burleigh sweatshirt, ziptop on fleece – they are not allowed to wear other garments in lessons. Students have black footwear, unless they are wearing the Burleigh tracksuit.

We keep a stock of clean, used uniforms; students arriving out of uniform will be expected to wear a garment loaned by the College. DATES FOR NEXT YEAR Please find attached a list of important dates for 2007 – 2008. This information is also on the website. We look forward to seeing you at all the events and meetings that are relevant to you. I do draw your attention particularly to the ‘Parents Surgeries’ these are having a considerable impact on the College.

HELLO AND GOODBYE This is always a time of change and this year we are saying goodbye to the following members of staff: Chris Beesley, David Thompson, Tim Sandford, Liliana Hill, Robert Perry, Sarah Dodd, Sue Bird, Gerry Stroud, Peter Webb, Suzanne Jennings, Andrea Marshall, John Taylor, Bryn Astbury, David Sharpe, David Jagger, Jill Webster, Rekha Tara, Jean Lopez Lopez, Iska Bos, Edith Husk, Joanne Hopper, Lisa Robinson, Mary Brindley, Denise Maloney Many of these staff members have worked for a very long time at Burleigh and they have given tremendous service to the College and to the young people of Loughborough. We wish them every happiness in the next chapter of their life. In September we welcome the following new members of staff to Burleigh:Nivraj Bains – Humanities, Aaron MacLaughlin – Business & ICT, Mariet Cheethan – ICT, Pankaj Thacker - Science BURLEIGH GAINS ARTSMARK GOLD We are pleased to announce that the College has been awarded the ARTSMARK GOLD AWARD again! This is a national scheme developed by the Arts Council and the purpose is to identify schools that provide a comprehensive range of Arts education. Burleigh is one of the very few schools in the Country that can boast both the SPORTSMARK AND ARTSMARK GOLD awards – this truly is a significant achievement. SCHOOL LINKS PROGRAMME Congratulations to Year 10 and 11 Burleigh students who attend Loughborough College for their achievements gained in their studies. The results were outstanding this year with many of our students attaining Student of the Year within their subject area and Outstanding Student of the year. Well done! WELCOME TO THE HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL We are very pleased to announce that the College is putting on its first major musical production for years! In December the DISNEY’S ‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL’ will be performed. Auditions are taking place in September. If you are interested in helping please contact Mike Gamble in the Expressive Arts Area. This will also be our first production performing on our new stage. Many thanks for your support this year. We all hope that you have a good break and we look forward to welcoming back our students in the autumn. Yours sincerely,

John Smith Principal

A Specialist Sports College

IMPORTANT DATES
PARENT AND STUDENT CALENDAR
These dates are correct as of June 2007. Any changes and further dates will be notified to you.
30th August 30th Aug – 31st Aug 13th September 19th September 20th September 24th September 28th September 1st October 4th October 17th October 22nd to 26th October 5th November 7th November 8th November 12th November 21st November 22nd November W/c 26th November 28th November 6th December Year 10 and Year 11 students start at Burleigh. Post 16 students organise new timetables. Year 10 & 12 have photographs taken. Parents Surgery 6.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Excellence Evening. Adult Education classes start. European Day of Languages. Burleigh Open Morning. Burleigh Open Evening. Expressive Arts (Dance) Evening. HALF TERM Year 11 Reports issued. Musical Recital Evening. Senior Maths Challenge. GCSE Modular Maths Examination. Parents Surgery 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Year 10 GCSE Modular Science Examination. Business Studies Convention at Disneyland, Paris. Expressive Arts visit to London. PROGRESS DAY FOR ALL YEARS (Parents invited to attend) Year 11 Trial Examinations. 10th December 12th/13th/14thDecember Expressive Arts Musical 19th December SCHOOL CLOSES FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS 3rd January First Day of Spring Term. th 17 January Post 16 Open Evening – Year 11 Help your child through GCSE Evening – Year 10. 22nd January th 30 January Parents Surgery – 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. 7th February Higher Education Information Evening – Year 12. 7th February Intermediate Maths Challenge th th 11 – 15 February HALF TERM Year 11 Parents Evening with subject staff. 21st February

27th February 3rd March 5th March 5th March 7th March

Expressive Arts Recital Evening. GCSE Maths Modular Examination GCSE Science Modular Examination Parents Surgery – 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. FINAL DATE FOR ALL GCSE COURSEWORK COMPLETED th 13 March Post 16 Parents Evening with subject staff. 21st March – 4th April EASTER HOLIDAYS 25th March – 27th March Easter Revision Programme GCSE and A Level. 7th April FIRST DAY OF SUMMER TERM th 14 April Adult Classes start. 12th May Revision Programme starts for GCSE & Year 12. 12th May to 25th June Main examination period 21st May Parents Surgery 6.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. 26th – 30th May HALF TERM nd Revision Programme commences Year 13. 2 June 13th June Year 10 Expressive Arts Showcase. th 16 June Year 10 Reports issued. Year 12 Return for start of A2 courses. 18th June Trial Examinations Year 10 – Core Subjects. 18th June Parents Surgery – 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. 19th June Year 10 Parents Evening with subject staff. To be advised Year 11 Leavers Prom. 26th June New Intake Parents Evening. To be advised Year 13 Leaver Prom. 30th June – 4th July Work Experience Open Door Week Year 10 1st – 4th July New Year 10 Induction Week. 11th July END OF TERM – START OF SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

A Specialist Sports College

ACTION PLAN 2007 – 2008 ‘GOING FOR GOOD’
KEY AREA ONE: To develop a more consistently high quality of subject leadership in evaluating the performance of subject departments and planning for improvement. TARGET: 1/1 To improve the quality of subject leadership. 1/2 To improve and develop the performance and capability of middle leaders to evaluate performance.

KEY ARE TWO: To improve the quality and frequency of teachers’ marking of students work in Years 10 and 11 to give students more regular guidance on how to improve their work. TARGET: 2/1 To improve the quality of teacher feedback 2/2 To ensure students receives regular guidance on how to improve their work. 2/3 To develop our policy of encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning programme

KEY AREA THREE: To ensure that the Curriculum and lessons offered to lower attaining students, especially girls, are adapted well enough to stimulate their interest and support better achievement. TARGET: 3/1 To develop the Curriculum and lessons offered to lower attaining students 3/2 To increase the support for lower attaining students

KEY AREA FOUR: To improve the tracking of students’ attitudes and behaviour in Years 10 and 11, and improve communication. TARGET: 4/1 To improve the tracking of student’s attitudes and behaviour 4/2 To improve our communication process 4/3 To improve student attitudes towards learning

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KEY AREA FIVE: To continue to Develop Teaching and Learning to gain greater success at Key Stage Four and Post 16. TARGET: 5/1 To continue to develop our focus to raise achievement 5/2 To continue to improve our transition arrangements to ensure students take appropriate courses

KEY AREA SIX: Whole School Developments TARGET: 6/1 Increase in Boarding facilities 6/2 Development of a robust Marketing Programme 6/3 Further developments to our Monitoring and Evaluation Programmes 6/4 To meet the requirements of the disability discrimination act.

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