Summer Safety Lesson – Friday 20th July 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

All students in Year 7 to 10 will attend a Summer Safety Lesson on the morning of Friday 20th July.

We will be delivering our usual safety reminders but this year we have managed to secure 2 guest speakers from West Yorkshire Police.

Please be advised that they will be presenting information about Child Sexual Exploitation and the dangers of young people going missing. The content will be very hard hitting and real life case studies will be used to exemplify the risks to children.

During the input students will be monitored closely and in-school support will be given if needed. However, can we please ask that you speak with your child following the morning and ensure that any worries they may have can be discussed.

If you feel that your child will struggle to attend this input can you please contact the Head of Year as a matter of urgency.

Thanks,

Mrs Collins
Assistant Principal for Student Safety and Wellbeing

Non-Uniform Day – Friday 20th July 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

You will all be aware of the tragic death of a former Minsthorpe student, Ben Crawford, whilst on holiday with friends in Ibiza. Ben was one of our own and we are saddened by his loss.

At Minsthorpe, we are an extended family and we do what all family members do at times like this – we help out. The College intends to have an extra non-uniform day on Friday July 20th and all of the proceeds raised from donations will go to Ben’s family. Whilst the normal donations fees will apply I know that the staff and students of Minsthorpe have big hearts and always stand up to be counted when the going gets tough and that, those who can afford to, will pay more than the minimum donation on this occasion knowing that his family will appreciate our thoughts and kindness.

The charge for all students attending College in non-uniform is £1.00 however students who want to contribute more are welcome to do so.

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
  • No tops that expose the student’s midriff
  • No inappropriate length shorts

Thank you once again for assisting your child and the College in supporting such worthy causes.

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

A Tribute To Ben Crawford

Minsthorpe Community College

Staff and students at Minsthorpe Community College have been devastated to learn of the death of our former student, Ben Crawford, whilst on holiday with friends in Ibiza. Our thoughts, condolences and love go out to his family and friends.

Ben was a lovely young man who touched the lives of all who knew him. He was a great sportsman and boxed at the College for 5 years. He was also an extraordinary rugby player and played for the College rugby team from Year 8 when we first discovered the huge talent that he had. He was always so tough, funny and a great lad and his scholarship at Castleford Tigers showed his character and the calibre of player he had become. The last match he played for the College was as part of the team that was victorious in the Yorkshire final.

Ben had an infectious personality and was always in high spirits, great to be around and loved to laugh, joke and have fun with his friends. Ben had a very large friendship group in which he will be dearly missed. Further to this, an even closer bond with his rugby mates, more so a brotherhood. Ben was a naturally talented athlete with a tough and strong exterior on the field. Off the field a caring lad who looked out for his family and loved spending time with his mates who shared the same interests in rugby, socialising and music.

He was thoughtful and kind and had a cheeky side that always made others smile. He was also full of fun and had a zest for life – we will never forget the time the year when he dressed up as Wonder Woman for Sports Day!

Ben was respectful, he always treated others well and was highly thought of by everyone that met him. He made a huge impact on his local community, many of whom will keenly feel his loss.

We have created spaces in the College today for staff and students who have been affected by the sad news to go and talk and, tomorrow, our KOOTH counsellor will also be available to listen and to talk.

No words are enough to express our sadness at the loss of such a young life, one that was so full of promise and potential.

Sports Day – Friday 6th July 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

Our annual Sports Day will be taking place on Friday 6th July. We would like to ask for your support in ensuring that your child comes prepared to get maximum enjoyment out of the day.

Guidance for students in Year 7, 8 and 9

  • The start and finish times of the college day will remain the same
  • Students should come to college in their Minsthorpe PE kit
  • They should come prepared for all weather possibilities; bringing sun cream, a water bottle, a waterproof top, an umbrella, a towel and two spare kits
  • Students should bring something in their P&A colour to change into for the afternoon

For the events in the afternoon, students in Years 7–9 are asked simply to wear a colour to match the rest of their P&A group. We do not encourage families to spend money on fancy dress outfits.

Guidance for students in Year 10

  • The start and finish times of the college day will remain the same
  • Students should come to college in their outfit for the day
  • They should come prepared for all weather possibilities; bringing sun cream, a water bottle, a waterproof top, a towel and two spare outfits

Guidance for Post 16 students

  • Friday 6th July is a study day for Post 16 students. If Post 16 students wish to study on site, they need to sign in and out at the Post 16 Study Centre

Many students in Year 7, 8, and 9 have expressed an interest in applying face paint and using hair spray in the afternoon, as have Year 10. If you do not wish your child to apply face paint and/or to use hairspray, please complete the slip on the letter below and return to his/her P&A mentor. Please ensure that if your child is intending to apply face paint that they are not allergic to it and that it is non-permanent. If you are not certain then please inform your child not to apply it.

Please can we ask for your support in ensuring that Year 10 outfits are appropriate and safe for physical activity in a college environment? Any student wishing to wear a morph suit as part of their fancy dress must wear a pair of shorts as well.

You are reminded that this is an event for students only. In the interests of safeguarding, parents/other adults will not be allowed to spectate. On a final note, we need to emphasise that Sports Day is normal day in terms of attendance and any unauthorised absence will be followed up in the usual manner. If your child does not wish to take part in sporting activities, please contact his/her Year Office as other arrangements can be made. We thank you for your support and look forward to another fantastic day.

Yours sincerely

Mr M Mann
CTL – PE

Mr R Henshaw
Principal

 
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Those Who Can, Teach!

The 2018 YTCA SCITT Graduating Class

Teacher trainees are celebrating their graduation as Newly Qualified Teachers at Minsthorpe Community College. The College is the hub school for the Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training). The YCTA provides on-the-job training for post-graduates and Qualified Teacher Status for experienced Teaching Assistants who are already working in schools. The YCTA SCITT was judged as ‘good’ in its very first Ofsted inspection in January 2017 when inspectors praised both the quality of its teacher training programme and the support that teacher trainees get from their mentors and staff in their placement schools.

"We are proud of our role in developing excellent teachers for the education system" said Ray Henshaw, the Principal of Minsthorpe. "Now, more than ever, we need to be providing the next generation of teachers as the number of students in schools is set to soar over the next five years." The SCITT has a year-on-year record of only producing good and outstanding teachers and all secure employment at the end of their training. "This is a record that we are rightly proud of" said Ray, "and it is a testament to the excellent work that is being done by the staff in all of the YCTA SCITT partner schools who are placed all over Yorkshire."

If you are interested in training as a teacher, the YCTA SCITT is currently recruiting for September 2018. Go to the website for further information – ytcascitt.co.uk

In The News: School ‘Proud’ Of Impressive Ofsted Report

Minsthorpe Community College

This article originally appeared in the Thursday 21st June 2018 edition of the Hemsworth & South Elmsall Express ×

The education watchdog has praised the ‘relentless’ efforts of staff at a South Elmsall college to improve teaching.

Ofsted rated Minsthorpe Community College "good" in a report published this week and said staff were committed to improving standards.

In a letter to headteacher Ray Henshaw, Ofsted said: "The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

"Since your appointment as headteacher, shortly before the last inspection, you have ensured that leaders have adopted a strategic and measured approach to improvement priorities.

"You have ensured that professional support is in place for those teachers who you identify as needing it. Leaders are relentless in checking the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and hold staff to account for pupils’ progress. As a result, any weakness in teaching is quickly identified and tackled effectively."

Mr Henshaw said: "You can tell from the glowing language of their report that it was not just that they appreciated our many strengths but that they were also confident that we knew where we needed to improve because we were already addressing the issues that they identified.

"The strength of this college is in the relationships that exist between staff and students and the fact that parents appreciate what we do and support the college.

"We are all rightly proud of this report and it comes at a great time as next year is the 50th anniversary of the college being opened."

Ofsted said to further improve the college must ensure "pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities make good progress in all subjects, pupils make good progress in science and modern languages" and the college continues to "improve the attendance of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEN".

James Carney
Hemsworth & South Elmsall Express

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Early Closure – Friday 20th July 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

In July 2018 Minsthorpe Community College will be losing a number of long-standing servants to the college, in addition to the normal staff turnover due to promotions. One member of staff alone has been working at the College for 35 years (Mrs Oates) and another 22 years (Mrs Howe).

These are loyal members of staff who have given a great service to the College and I want to honour their years of service with a leaving ceremony that will start at 12:45pm.

This means that the College will close at 12.20pm on the final day. 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. The reason I am sending you this letter is to give you plenty of advanced warning and the time to prepare for this. 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 – September 2018

Please note Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September 2018 are INSET days. Arrival times for students on Wednesday 5th September will follow shortly, and will be available on the website over the summer.

Changes to College Uniform for September 2018

From September 2018 we are making a very minor change to the Minsthorpe Community College uniform. Students currently wear two colour of ties; the purple tie in Years 7 and 8 and gold in Years 9, 10 and 11. However as a large college with over 1500 students on roll it will be useful for students, parents and staff to be able to identify which year group an individual belongs to at a glance.

Therefore each year group will wear a different colour tie which students will keep throughout Years 7 to 11. Not only will this help with identification but also with costs, as you will only need to buy the one colour tie. The system allows all students to wear a different coloured tie in just over one year. This roll out of the new ties will not involve any parents having to purchase a new tie other than those who were already expecting to do so under the current uniform policy. Please see this page for further details.

Thank you in advance for ensuring that your child attends College daily wearing correct uniform.

If you do not have access to the website and require paper copies of this information, your son/daughter may collect copies from Reception during break times.

I wish you all a great summer break and we look forward to welcoming students back to college in September.

Yours faithfully,

Ray Henshaw
Principal

Ofsted Verdict: “This school continues to be good”

Ofsted

On May 24th Minsthorpe was subject to a Section 8 inspection by Ofsted. The inspectors described Minsthorpe Community College as remaining good (and improved) since the last inspection in March 2014. You can see from the report below that they were highly impressed by what they saw and also acknowledge the fact that we are keenly aware of those areas in which we need to make improvements having already made an impact in these areas for development through the work that we have been doing.

The success of this College lies in the fact that it is a partnership between staff, students, governors and parents/carers and this excellent report is a testament to the strength of the relationship that exists between staff and students.

We should all be proud of this report as it is a reflection of our collaborative efforts.

Mr Henshaw
Principal

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New Ties For September 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

From September 2018 we are making a very minor change to the Minsthorpe Community College uniform. Students currently wear two colour of ties; the purple tie in Years 7 and 8 and gold in Years 9, 10 and 11. However as a large college with over 1500 students on roll it will be useful for students, parents and staff to be able to identify which year group an individual belongs to at a glance.

Therefore each year group will wear a different colour tie which students will keep throughout Years 7 to 11. Not only will this help with identification but also with costs, as you will only need to buy the one colour tie. The system below allows all students to wear a different coloured tie in just over one year. This won’t involve any parents having to purchase a new tie other than those who were already expecting to do so under the current uniform policy. The introduction of the new ties is as follows:

September 2018

  • The new Year 7 will join us from their primary schools and parents are expecting to buy a new uniform. The tie we ask them to buy will carry the usual Minsthorpe design and logo but it will not be the usual purple one, but a new magenta tie. They will keep this colour tie until Year 11;
  • Students moving up into Year 8 will keep the purple tie that they purchased in September 2017 until Year 11;
  • Students moving up into Year 9 are already expecting to purchase the gold tie. However, we will ask them to buy a new green tie and they will keep this until Year 11;
  • Years 10 and 11 will keep their current gold ties until they leave at the end of Year 11. We recognise that it is unfair to ask Years 10 and 11 to buy a new tie for the shorter time that they will get use of them, therefore their gold tie run out over the period 2018 and 2019.

September 2019

  • The new Year 7 will have a new blue tie in September 2019 which differs to the remainder of the year groups. They will keep this colour until Year 11.
  • The year groups moving into Years 8, 9 and 10 will all now be wearing the distinct colour ties that we introduced in September 2018 (see above).
  • Year 11 will still be wearing their gold coloured ties but will now be distinct as no other group will be wearing this colour tie.

Once students have moved through the 5-year cycle from Year 7 to Year 11 their colour of tie can once again be introduced to the new Year 7. All colour ties will be available to buy after the 18th June from the local uniform stockists, the Finance Office at the College or on Schoolgateway at the existing price of £4.50 each. We hope that you can see the sense and benefits of this minor change, which we are pleased will incur no extra cost to yourself.

Yours faithfully

Mr R Henshaw
Principal

Update To Privacy Notices

GDPR

As you may be aware the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force on 25th May. In light of these changes to how personal data is handled, we have updated our Privacy Notices to reflect this.

These can now be found at the following location: Equality & Data Protection