Despite the challenges this year has thrown us, due to the COVID pandemic, I have been so proud of our students and full of admiration for both staff and parents/carers for their incredible support and getting us through it so positively. Thank you to everyone for your support. We are planning for an almost ‘normal’ return to school in September and this letter is to inform you of the most important information for the end of this school year and the start of next.
Last Day of Term Arrangements
On Wednesday 21st July, students will have normal lessons period 1 & 2. At 11.30am students will have the opportunity for fun activities to end the year on a high! During this time, they will also have their rewards assemblies.
- Year 12 will be dismissed at 12:30pm
- Years 7 & 9 will be dismissed from school at 1:00pm
- Years 8 & 10 will be dismissed at 1:20pm
Start Dates for the New Academic Year
Friday 3rd September – Staff Training Day
Monday 6th September – Staff Training Day
Tuesday 7th September – Year 7 (to Edward’s Keep) & Year 12 (to The Refectory) for 8:40am
Wednesday 8th September – All year groups return for 8:40am Mentor time
Important dates for the first half term
13th September – OOSHL begins
13th September – Year 7 & 10 photos
23rd September – Year 7 Meet the Mentor (online)
30th September – Open Evening, school finishes at 1:25pm
7th October – Year 11 GCSE Aiming for Success Evening with parents
21st October – Year 9 GCSE Evening
22nd October – End of Autumn half term
Further calendar dates will be available on the school website shortly.
Holidays during term time
A polite reminder to parents/ carers: we do not authorise holidays during term time as it can have a serious detrimental effect on your child’s education- especially considering the amount of time they were off school this year.
As you will already know, we ask parents/ carers to use the Studybugs app to report any student absences from school. If you haven’t already downloaded the app, please register using the link here: https://studybugs.com/about/parents
Changes to classes and mentor groups for next year
Every new academic year gives us a great opportunity to review our current mentor groups and classes and make any necessary changes. This is especially true this year as we move back from the horizontal mentor groups into our vertical college system. There are a variety of reasons for students to move but any decision will always be taken in the best interest of your child’s education.
Thank you for your support in ensuring our students continue to look exceptionally smart in school. We also continue to receive praise from the community on how smart Finham Park 2 students are on the way to and from school. As way of a reminder, please can you ensure your child wears:
- Black, sensible school shoes, with black sole (no coloured stitching or logos) – trainers, pumps or boots are not suitable for school, neither are heels.
- Black or grey socks (also white socks for girls) – coloured/patterned socks are not suitable.
- Plain black, grey or flesh coloured tights – patterned tights are not suitable for school.
- Plain ‘School Grey’ trousers suitable for school – fashion trousers – jean style, ‘skinny’ or stretch materials are not suitable for school.
- OR plain grey knee-length pleated skirt – fashion skirts – tight, short or very long skirts are not suitable.
- Plain white school shirt, buttoned at the neck – long or short sleeved.
- Navy and gold clip-on tie with college colour.
- Navy school jumper/tank-top with single gold stripe around neck.
- Navy blazer with Finham Park Logo – must be wore to school every day; this may be removed in lessons without staff permission.
- Suitable outdoor coat – tracksuit tops, hooded tops, leather or denim jackets are not suitable for school.
- No hats can be worn on school site apart from navy blue Finham Park Hats with logo.
- Only one pair of stud earrings can be worn in ears and one small ring is allowed – large items of jewellery or other piercings are not suitable for school (any nose piercings should have a clear stud this is not visible or be covered with a plaster)
- Year 10 & 11 girls – discreet make-up. No nail varnish or false nails are allowed.
- Headscarves should be black or dark blue.
- Only small hairclips / hairbands are allowed. No coloured or extreme hairstyles, including tram lines or very short hair (nothing shorter than a number 2).
- All students need a suitable bag with all necessary equipment to ensure they are ready to learn (pen, pencil, eraser, ruler, sharpener, calculator, planner, and reading book).
The school is happy to support students in wearing items which relate to culture or religion. It will be appreciated that there cannot be endless discussions about dress, and the school’s decision on whether appearance is appropriate for school or not must be the final one. Students whose appearance is not appropriate for school may be sent home and asked to change. If students/parents are in doubt about what is suitable school wear they should consult the school website, or speak to the school office or your child’s mentor or college leader.
Finally, I would like to remind you that chewing gum is not allowed on site.
We would both like to thank parents/carers for your continued support, and hope you have a great summer.