Early Closure – Friday 12th April 2019

Minsthorpe Community College

At Easter, Minsthorpe Community College will be saying farewell to our Principal Ray Henshaw, following his announcement in January of his intention to retire.

From the beginning of the Summer Term, Minsthorpe Community College will be led by two Joint Principals – Mr Mark Gilmore and Mrs Rachael Merritt, currently long serving Vice Principals at the College. Mr Gilmore and Mrs Merritt will write to all parents at the beginning of the Summer Term, to reassure all students and parents of the smooth transition through the changes College faces this year.

In order for staff to gather as a school body to wish Mr Henshaw well, I would like to announce the early closure of College on the last day of the Spring Term.

College will close at 12.20pm on Friday 12th April 2019.

There will be grab bags available for students eligible for a free school lunch. Arrangements for ordering these will be given to students. We will arrange for the buses to arrive at 12.25pm.

I am sending you this information early to allow plenty of advanced warning and the time to make alternative supervision arrangements for your child. Of course, this arrangement will not suit everyone and, if you cannot arrange for your child to be looked after, the College will be fully staffed until after 2.30pm and supervision will be arranged for any students who cannot leave early.

If you would like to take advantage of this option could you please contact your child’s CCTL to inform them that you need your child supervising and we will make the necessary arrangements to ensure their safe supervision.

Start of Term arrangements – Summer Term 2019

We are aware many of our feeder primary schools have slightly different Easter Holiday dates from Minsthorpe Community.

For clarification – Minsthorpe Community College will:

  • close on Friday 12th April 2019 at 12:20pm
  • open on Monday 29th April 2019 at 8:30am

Your support of the College is always appreciated, and I am sure this will continue during the coming months.

Yours faithfully

Mrs B Semper
Chair of Governor

Post 16 Parents Evening – Thursday 28th March 2019

Parents Evening System Logo

The Post 16 Parents’ Evening is to be held on Thursday 28 March 2019 from 3.30pm – 7pm. The event will be held in the Science and Technology Block.

This will provide an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers to discuss their progress. We (the Post 16 Pastoral team) will also be available should you wish to discuss any issues with us, as well as the Careers Lead, Mr Dowey, who will be available on a ‘drop in’ basis for consultation and advice about University applications and career planning.

We very much look forward to seeing you on this evening, but would remind parents that even if they are not able to attend, all students are expected to attend and have one-to-one discussions with staff (as stated on the Learning Contract).

We ask that you make an appointment with your child’s teachers via the ‘Parents Evening’ System (please see instructions below). If you would like to call to make an appointment, please contact the College.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs S Lewis
Assistant Principal Post 16

Mr D Lloyd
CCTL Post 16

Mrs S Marshall
ACCTL Post 16

Resource Download
Parents’ Guide For Booking Appointments Download File

Spring Term Non-Uniform Day – Friday 1st February

Minsthorpe Community College

The Student Leadership Team has decided to hold a non-uniform day to support NSPCC Number Day and causes chosen by the College Action Team.

The charge for all students attending College in non-uniform is £1.00.

We must stress the following:

  • No fancy dress
  • No hats for students in Key Stage 3 and 4
  • No extremes of fashion including clothing which has slogans/offensive writing or innuendo
  • No excessively high heels
  • No jewellery other than simple stud earrings

Mr D Lloyd
(Associate Assistant Principal)
On behalf of the College and the Student Leadership Team

Year 11 ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ Visit – 11th February 2019

Teenage Cancer Trust

Important Notice for Parents of Students in Year 11

Please be aware that on Monday the 11th of February we have the privilege of welcoming the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ into College. They will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with students and will ensure that young people know where support can be accessed if and when they need it. We recognise that many of us are effected by cancer in a range of ways and we will offer support during and following the session if needed.

Please contact the SMSC Team at the College and ask to speak with Mrs K Jackson or Mrs P Osborne if you feel that your child should not be involved in these external inputs as we are aware that this may cause distress to those affected by the issue.

Kind regards,

Jeanette Collins
Assistant Principal

Year 10 ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ Visit – 7th December 2018

Teenage Cancer Trust

Important Notice for Parents of Students in Year 10

Please be aware that on Friday the 7th of December we have the privilege of welcoming the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ into College. They will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with students and will ensure that young people know where support can be accessed if and when they need it. We recognise that many of us are effected by cancer in a range of ways and we will offer support during and following the session if needed.

Please contact the SMSC Team at the College and ask to speak with Mrs K Jackson or Mrs P Osborne if you feel that your child should not be involved in these external inputs as we are aware that this may cause distress to those affected by the issue.

Kind regards,

Jeanette Collins
Assistant Principal

Autumn Term Non-Uniform Day – Friday 16th November

Minsthorpe Community College

The Student Leadership Team has decided to hold a non-uniform day to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week and to support causes chosen by the College Action Teams.

The charge for all students attending College in non-uniform is £1.00.

We must stress the following:

  • No fancy dress
  • No hats for students in Key Stage 3 and 4
  • No extremes of fashion including clothing which has slogans/offensive writing or innuendo
  • No excessively high heels
  • No jewellery other than simple stud earrings

Mr D Lloyd
(Associate Assistant Principal)
On behalf of the College and the Student Leadership Team

Post 16 Parents Evening – 29th November 2018

Parents Evening System Logo

The Post 16 Parents’ Evening is to be held on Thursday 29 November 2018 – 3:30pm–7:00pm. The event will be held in the Science and Technology Block.

This will provide an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers to discuss their progress. We (the Post 16 Pastoral team) will also be available should you wish to discuss any issues with us, as well as the Careers Lead, Mr Dowey, who will be available on a ‘drop in’ basis for consultation and advice about University applications and career planning.

We very much look forward to seeing you on this evening, but would remind parents that even if they are not able to attend, all students are expected to attend and have one-to-one discussions with staff (as stated on the Learning Contract).

We ask that you make an appointment with your child’s teachers via the ‘Parents Evening’ System. Please see instructions below. If you would like to call to make an appointment, please contact the College.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Lewis
Assistant Principal – Post 16

Mr D Lloyd
CCTL – Post 16

Mrs S Marshall
ACCTL – Post 16

Resource Download
Parents’ Guide For Booking Appointments Download File

Map Out Your Future – 20th November 2018

Map Out Your Future

On Tuesday 20th November 2018, we will be holding our Annual Careers Fair, which your child will have the opportunity to visit during the day. The event is to be held in the New Sports Hall, next to the Sports & Fitness Centre.

Parents/Carers of students in Years 10, 11 and Post 16

The event aims to offer our Year 10, 11 and Post 16 students the opportunity to meet with representatives from various occupational areas to gain an insight into the world of work. It is designed as a taster session, so that students can visit stalls to gain as much information as possible to support them with their future career choices. The information provided on stalls include: entry into specific employment sectors, different training available and the typical work involved.

Students will also be able to speak to the College’s Careers Lead for any information/help they may require during their allocated time slot.

Parents/Carers of students in Years 7, 8 and 9

This year, the running of the day has changed and we are trying something new. The event is normally for Years 10 – Post 16. As part of the CEIAG standards, we are to include all students with regards to access to Careers. We have invited students from Years 7 and 8 to an ‘Introduction into Careers’ session. The students from Years 7 and 8 have been given a specific 15 minute time slot during the day.

Students in Year 9 have been invited to the after college session. Please note this is on a voluntary basis

ALL students have been invited to the after College session on a voluntary basis. This session is for any student who has an interest in returning to speak to the stallholders. Please note, any student in Year 10 or 11 who have been requested for Intervention will need to seek permission from the teacher first to attend the after college session.

Parent/Carers Invite

We would like to invite all parents and carers for students in ALL year groups to attend a special drop in session from 2.30pm – 3.00pm. This will give you an opportunity to meet the stall holders yourself and ask any questions you have regarding your child’s future plan.

If you are able to attend this drop in session, please contact the College by Telephone on 01977 657600 and leave a message for Mrs Ruth Simmons to confirm your attendance.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Important Notice for Parents of Students in Year 7: Road Safety Performance – 12th November 2018

The Riot Act

Please be aware that on the morning of Monday the 12th of November we have the honour of hosting the ‘Riot Act Theatre Company’ in College where they will be presenting their annual Road Safety Performance.

This highly engaging, multi-media theatre event promotes key road safety messages to Year 7 students and will:

  • Raise awareness of the danger of roadside distractions from music, phones and friends
  • Help students to identify and cope with peer influence and peer pressure
  • Promote safe, responsible and positive behaviour amongst students on the home to school journey

Please contact the SMSC Team at the College and ask to speak with Mrs K Jackson or Mrs P Osborne if you feel that your child should not be involved in these external inputs.

We hope that the messages delivered will ensure that your child is safe when on or near the roads.

Bonfire Night Talk For Year 7 Students – 24th October 2018

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Please be aware that on the morning of Wednesday 24th October we have a visiting speaker from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service speaking to all Year 7 students.

The focus of the talk will be around the theme of ‘Bonfire Night’ and will include some images of injuries sustained that your child may find distressing.

Please contact the SMSC Team at the College and ask to speak with Mrs K Jackson or Mrs P Osborne if you feel that your child should not be involved in these external inputs.

We hope that the messages delivered will ensure that Bonfire Night is a safe and happy experience for your child.