Mr Payton’s Newsletter

6 Sep 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a very busy week here at St Bede’s and it was fantastic to see our new pupils arrive and our existing pupils return on Wednesday.

Prior to their arrival, all staff had a busy two days on Monday and Tuesday. Monday involved staff taking part in statutory safeguarding training, as well as training on OFSTED, Special Educational Needs and assessment. This has meant that all staff are fully prepared for the challenges that lie ahead this academic year. On Tuesday, we were joined by our colleagues from across the MAC and Catholic Partnership Schools to take part on training delivered by the Columbans about asylum seekers and refugees. It was a thought provoking experience and something that we will continue to build on as the year progresses… more information to follow!!

It was great to see all pupils looking super smart and ready to learn on Wednesday and we celebrated a lovely first mass of the academic year, lead by Father Tony. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate any of our masses with us so please feel free to come along and have a cup of tea and some cake after mass.

Lessons started in earnest on Thursday and there was a real learning buzz around school. We hope to capture this atmosphere and ensure that it’s the norm throughout the academic year.

Can I please ask all parents to be considerate of our neighbours and each other when dropping off and collecting your children. The Studley Road gets very busy but please be safe and courteous.

I’d like to welcome Mr Gallinagh, Ms Cullen, Miss Riddell, Mrs Richardson and Mr Evans who have started with us this week, teaching a variety of subjects. I’m sure you’ll welcome them to the Bede’s family when you see them.

As you will be aware, Mr Roberts has taken up additional responsibility within both our MAC and The Holy Family MAC in Warwickshire and I have been appointed as Head of School. Mr Roberts is still the Principal of St Bede’s but he will have much less availability than he has had previously. Therefore, for serious issues, please contact myself. As always, the form tutor is your first point of call, followed by your child’s Head of Key Stage or our Pastoral Team. For certain queries or issues, it may be appropriate for you to be directed to another member of staff with expertise in that area. Please do not be offended if you request to speak to me but your call is directed to someone else. I still have a teaching commitment and am often very busy involved in school business so I may not be available at all times.

Thanks for all your support so far and all of us at St Bede’s are looking forward to a successful academic year 2019/2020.

Have a great weekend

Luke Payton

Head of School