Relationships and Sex Education Policy

Dear parents/carers,

Please find a draft version of our proposed Relationships and Sex Education Policy which will come into force from September 2020. At Minsthorpe Community College we already have a well-established approach to Relationships and Sex Education within our SMSC/L4L and pastoral curriculum. Also we deliver Relationships and Sex Education across our subjects e.g. exploring relationships in English Literature, reproduction in Science or online safety in Performing Arts.

The Government has set out guidance for what should be covered in secondary schools and the guidance stipulates that schools must undertake parental consultation for any changes to existing policy regarding this curriculum provision. We felt that it would be beneficial to take part in the district wide consultation led by Public Health to gather responses from a larger number of parents.

As you will see, the survey is quite brief and is intended to gather overarching attitudes and feedback from parents about how and when the curriculum is developed. We would be grateful if you would complete the survey. Once the survey closes, we will be provided with a summary of the responses received by parents at the college which will allow us to make any further amends to the draft policy.

The survey will close on Monday 24th February 2020.

Parents/carers of secondary school children click here

If you have any further questions about the policy or wish for further information, please get in touch and ask to speak with either Mrs K Jackson SMSC Lead or Mrs J Collins Assistant Principal.

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MAT Relationships and Sex Education policy.pdf Download File

School Health Survey

FAO of parent/carers of Students in Year 7 & 9.

Minsthorpe Community College will be taking part in the School Health Survey organised by Wakefield Council between January and March Please read the letter and the information flyer by following the link.

If for any reason you do not wish your child to complete the survey can you please contact the College Requesting that information is passed to Mrs J Collins or Mrs K Jackson

Kind regards

Jeanette Collins
Assistant Principal

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Letter to Parents Download File
School Health Survey Flyer Download File

Year 9 & 10 Design Technology Intervention

Dear Parent/Carer

Throughout Year 9 and 10, your son/daughter will be undertaking a number of tests within Design Technology to determine their understanding within the subject, both core and specialist subject knowledge. These tests are all in preparation for their exam in Year 11. This theory runs alongside the coursework they will also be completing. As the course is split 50/50 between coursework and exam, it is just as important for students to prepare and revise for the exam as it is preparing and producing their coursework.

If, as a department, we think your son/daughter is not revising sufficiently for the test, and has gained marks that fall significantly below their target, you will receive a text from their Design Technology teacher, outlining the dates of their next assessment.

Could you please encourage your son/daughter to revise for the remaining tests they will be sitting throughout the course of GCSE Design and Technology. They have their work booklet, which include all relevant revision material for the tests as well as access to useful links (below) to help them revise. I will also send a text out to you when your son/daughter has a test coming up.


Yours Sincerely,

Mr A Scully
ACTL Design Technology

Post 16 Parents Evening – Thursday 5th December 2019

Parents Evening System Logo

The Post 16 Parents’ Evening is to be held on Thursday 5th December 2019 at 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 below for the downloadable file to the guide and also the link to the system. If you would like to call to make an appointment rather than use the online system, please contact the College.

Yours sincerely,

Mr D Lloyd
Director of Post 16

Mrs S Marshall
ACCTL Post 16

Mr S Hughes
ACCTL Post 16

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Parents’ Guide For Booking Appointments Download File

Year 11 Prom – 2021

Dear Parents / Carers

Throughout KS4 the main priority is to offer your child every possible opportunity to achieve the best results in their final summer examinations. Research shows that the students who have good attendance achieve the best grades.

Our previous Year 11 (2019) results showed that 86% of students with over 95% attendance achieved their English and maths GCSE grade 4 – 9, compared to only 37% students achieving the grades with less than 95% attendance. The statistics demonstrate that if a student is at College regularly then they will gain good grades.

95% attendance is the equivalent of 9.5 days missed learning in an academic year. This equals 60 individual lessons of lost learning. This is an incredible amount of time missed, particularly with the final exams rapidly approaching. Please support and encourage your child to succeed by ensuring they attend on time every day.

The Year 11 Prom is a chance to celebrate their time at Minsthorpe and to wish them well in their future endeavours. Students who will be eligible to attend the Year 11 prom in 2021 will have above 94% attendance from September 2019 to May half term 2021 and a good behaviour record. If a student does not meet this criteria they will not be allowed to attend their Prom. Please check your child’s attendance regularly to ensure they meet this criteria.

Thank you in advance for supporting the college and your child with attendance. We are looking forward to celebrating your child’s time at Minsthorpe at their Year 11 Prom, their English Literature exam results this summer and their final results in 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Miss L Bigland
CCTL Year 10

Mr L Harnell
ACCTL Year 10

FAO Parents/Carers of Year 7 – Road & Rail Safety

Road Safety Week

Next week your child will be involved in 2 sessions delivered by external organisations with a focus on Road Safety and Rail Safety. On Wed the 13th November we have the theatre company ‘Riot Act’ return to us for another year to deliver their engaging dramatic performance in partnership with Safer Roads West Yorkshire to deliver ‘Deadly Distraction’ focusing on key road safety messages such as:

  • Distractions such as phones and music.
  • Identifying and coping with peer pressure.
  • Personal responsibility and behaviour.

Also within this week they will listen to a presentation by Reece Dickinson an ex Minsthorpe student. This will be a part of their SMSC lesson for that week and will explore rail safety and careers in the industry. His intention is to share his own experiences and successes in the rail industry and to help guide young people to stay on ‘the right track’ and stay safe. Some of the content may be sensitive and therefore we ask for your support in monitoring and discussing the inputs with your child following the sessions next week.

If for any reasons you feel that your child should not take part can you please contact the college so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Kind regards

Mrs J Collins
Assistant Principal for Student Safety and Wellbeing

Vending Machine

Dear Parents / Carers

We are delighted to be able to inform you that from 4th November 2019 there will be a vending machine at the entrance to the Main Hall which will sell bottles of water (including flavoured water) to our students.

Many of our students use the Main Hall at both snack break one and snack break two to eat their packed lunches and, in response to student voice, this new facility will allow them to purchase drinks without having to visit the dining areas.

The machine will be cash only and as an introductory offer the purchase price will be 50p per drink.

We ask that students respect this facility and use the bottle bins provided around the site to enable the college to recycle.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Gilmore

Mrs R Merritt

Upton school bus information

Dear Parents / Carers

We are delighted to be able to inform you that we have been informed that the bus service on an afternoon to the Upton area has been reinstated. Many thanks to those parents/ carers, district councillors and our local MP Mr Trickett for their support in pushing this issue with the appropriate people to get this matter resolved in such a successful way.

From after the October Half Term Break CT Plus will be running the school service on an afternoon, this service will come on to site at 2.30pm to pick students up. The service will be numbered 564. Flat fare of £1.30.

Under 19 tickets can also be used. These cost £10.30 per week or £37.80 per month and are valid on all buses, all day, seven days per week.

An Under 16 or 16 – 18 Photo Card is required to purchase these. Details can be found via the following link:

Buses from Upton on a morning are as follows:

  • 496 07:44 Upton Bell Street – Barnsley Oak
  • 249 08:01 Upton Bell Street – Ash Grove
  • 496 08:08 Upton Rose Avenue – Barnsley Oak

A-Level Physics – Gender Balance

The science department are taking part in a research project run by the Institute of Physics which aims to improve the gender balance of pupils taking A-Level physics. This will involve us sending some data about your child to the IOP. Full details are available in the letter below, along with an opt out form to complete and return to Miss Middleton in S5 if you do not wish for your child’s data to be used.

Improving Gender Balance Programme letter