Autumn Half Term Letter from Mr Young

 

Dear Parent/ Guardian

As we approach the end of the first half term, I would like to thank you for all your support with reading homeworks and the expectations of uniform, punctuality and attendance and the support with students meeting the expectations of the school ethos of Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds. We have had a good start to the new school year with all students focused on learning and doing their best. Open Evening was once again a very successful event with over 1000 people visiting the building on that night.

There have been a number of positives that have taken place this term with Year 7 attending the annual Bushcraft event and the school being successfully shortlisted in two categories at the Educate Awards which we are incredibly proud of.  The Physical Education team have been shortlisted for the 7th year in succession and the SEND team have also been shortlisted for an award.

Unfortunately I do have to ask for some community support around two concerning issues. Firstly the use of the school car park and parents parking in disabled bays without appropriate badges. This is causing significant issues for a number of our students who have disabilities and need to be dropped off and picked up near the school building.  In order to share the real term effects of this problem we have the permission to share the e-mail below from one of our parents;

I wanted to email you regarding the disabled car parking situation at Rainford High. As you are aware my child is registered disabled with a blue badge. The majority of days when collecting from school we have been unable to park in a disabled space as parents without a blue badge are parking there. This is meaning that Michael has to wait in the base until after 3.30PM as we cannot get close enough to collect him.

There are quite a few children who appear to have physical disabilities and disabled badges at the school. I have observed on numerous occasions, children who are struggling physically to get to their parents’ cars/disabled taxis as other parents are using the disabled spaces inappropriately.

Many parents including ourselves have resorted to collecting our children later on in the day and asking them to wait until we can get a parking space to safely collect them. This doesn’t seem fair that because my child has a disability they are having to wait a long time to be collected. The staff are kind enough to stay and monitor him whilst he waits for us however they shouldn’t have to.

I wanted to make you aware of the situation and express my concerns, not only for my child but for the other children who I see physically struggling on a daily basis.

I would politely request that as a community we respect the marked bays and show consideration for those families who need the facility to access the school easily.

I would also like to request that parents speak in a respectful manner to the school’s administration team who tend to be the front line when parents are upset. I appreciate that something may have happened and that there is a genuine grievance but no one deserves to be abused or spoken to in an aggressive fashion when doing their job. As a school we strive to have good relationships built on mutual respect and an understanding that we can get things wrong. However the team on the front desk, who field initial phone calls, will not be the people who have got it wrong, or can resolve the issue, so I would request that they are treated in the way you would expect to be treated and as you expect our school to treat your children.

Next half term the school has many events in the run up to Christmas as we try to come together as a community to do well and raise funds for the charities we support, as well as continue to support the students in their efforts and achievements.  Some dates for your diaries:

Friday 15th November – Wear your Trainers Day for Children in Need – £1 suggested donation.

Friday 22nd November – Wear your Trainers Day in exchange for contributions towards the Christmas Fayre, more details will follow from Year teams.

Thursday 5th December 5 – 7.30pm Christmas Fayre.  We will have our Autism ½ hour from 4.30 – 5pm with limited access, dimmed lighting and a calm environment.  Pre booking essential.

There has been an amendment to the calendar in response to parental feedback from last year. The Year 11 Parents’ Evening on 7th November will be for Foundation/Option subjects only. The Finishing in Style event for Year 11 will now be on 13th February, and this will also serve as  Year 11 Parents’ Evening for English, Maths and Science. We hope that this will increase parents’ opportunity to see all teachers and alleviate issues relating to queueing and waiting. In addition, the Year 12/13 Parents’ Consultation Evening has been moved to 27th February 2020.

We hope you all have a restful and enjoyable half term break and we look forward to welcoming students back refreshed and ready to work hard over the next half term.

Yours sincerely

Ian Young

Principal