Dear Parents and Carers,
A very warm welcome back to a new academic year, especially to all our new pupils and parents. I do hope that you had a relaxing summer and are ready for this new exciting year.
We have once again taken the opportunity over the summer holidays to carry out the usual maintenance of the school as well as make some further improvements. We have new flooring in the downstairs corridor and have refurbished and decorated the interventions room to create a peaceful relaxing space for your young people when they need it. Still being completed is the new relaxation area outside.
I do hope you will be able to attend the Open Evening on Monday 24 September when you will be able to see all the improvements. You will also have the opportunity to meet your young person’s teachers, view their classrooms and take a look at the many different learning activities they take part in whilst with us here at Osborne.
This year’s summer results were very pleasing with all Year 11s, and some students from Osborne College, achieving the accreditation they were entered for, including some pleasing GCSE results. The Open Evening will feature work from the Art & Design GCSE course.
This year we continue to wait for Ofsted to visit and continue to raise standards by always looking at ways to improve and develop teaching and learning standards. Specifically we will be broadening accreditation in Science; developing our links with other schools, allowing pupils to work alongside their mainstream peers; and enhancing the outside space to hopefully establish a Forest School.
I am sure you have seen in the news the financial difficulties facing schools. Osborne is no different so we are developing ways to generate income by letting our facilities outside of school times. Whilst writing I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the last week with the new parking procedures.
I am pleased to enclose our ‘start of year’ set of forms and information sheets. The forms ensure that we have all the correct permissions for your child and that all contact information is up to date in case we need to get in touch with you. Some of the forms are available on the website if you prefer to complete them electronically.
Communication – in order to cut back on the cost of printing we will again be increasing the use of our Teachers2Parents text and email system this year. If you do not have an email account we will continue to send home hard copies of any paperwork or will direct you to the school website.
Data Collection Sheet – please check, sign and return having made any necessary changes. Please ensure that your email address, if you have one, is shown on this sheet.
Privacy Notice– this is for your information and is an updated version to cover the General Data Protection Regulations.
Home School Agreement – please sign and return this form. (Not included for Year 7 pupils as already completed)
Consent Form for Trips ‘Out and About in Winchester’– please complete, sign and return this form. (Not included for Year 7 or Osborne College pupils as already completed) This will cover all short trips in the local area during the school day but class staff will advise you, via the home/school diary, of such outings. Separate consent will be sought for more extensive trips and visits.
Osborne School Value Targets – please find enclosed your child’s focus target sheet for this term. For those of you who are new to Osborne this will come home to you at the start of each term with a review at the end of each term. Please do not think that we are not working on all their other targets; it’s just that this is their focus target linked to the whole school values and ethos for this term.
The academic year has got off to a good start and I am very pleased to see that all pupils have settled extremely well. They have quickly and efficiently got down to work, embracing the timetable and curriculum on offer to them.
Please keep an eye on the website www.osborneschoolwinchester.com for all the latest school news and dates for the coming year.
As always, please do not hesitate in contacting the school at any time, we are always on hand to support and are more than happy for you to visit the school should you wish to do so. Please contact the office to make the necessary arrangements.
Thanking you for your co-operation and support.
Sonia White (O’Donnell)