DOROTHY STRINGER PARENT HANDBOOK
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contents 1 Crammed full of helpful stuff A message from the Head 2 Within these pages you will find everything you need to know to get started at Dorothy Stringer welcome 2 A message from the Head so nice to have you here 3 Attendance 4 Learning Gateway and parent news Welcome to Dorothy Stringer 5 Health and Happiness It is a real pleasure to welcome you as parents to the Dorothy Stringer 7 School closure due to bad weather community. We hope that this Parent Handbook will help us develop an effective partnership between home and school by involving you in your child’s learning. 8 Transport to school We understand the importance of involving parents in a student’s education and the positive impact this can have on learning. We absolutely believe that student 9 How parents can help learning and progress is our core purpose. However, we are equally determined that students will have the skills and attributes to live and work in the global 10 How to succeed at Stringer society of tomorrow, and will be confident in their morals and values in order to lead good lives. With the Stringer Learning Gateway (SLG), it is now possible to 11 Stringer Learning Culture better engage parents in the learning process and to harness your enthusiasm and time to support your child’s learning. 12 Attitude to Learning Every parents’ evening we hold a survey inviting your views and feedback. 13 Your child’s progress Parents’ voices have stimulated many of the improvements we have made in recent years. There are also social events run by the parent fundraising group 14 Miss School = Miss Out and a host of concerts, productions and celebrations embedded in the school 15 Breakfast, break and lunch calendar, which we hope that you will get involved in. 16 Trips and clubs We will do our utmost to motivate and support your child; our philosophy is rooted in the knowledge that children need to be safe and happy in order to 17 Parent Fundraising achieve their very best. We ask that you encourage your child to take part in all of the fantastic extra-curricular opportunities that the school has to offer. The 18 School uniform more they put into school life, the more they will get out. 20 Physical Education/Uniform I look forward to getting to know your children and offer you our commitment to ensure we do our best to challenge, motivate and inspire them. We look forward 21 Payment and online systems to working with you over the coming years and hope your child has a positive and memorable experience during their time at Dorothy Stringer whilst also 22 Useful contacts achieving their full academic potential. Matt Hillier Headteacher We hope you find this booklet useful. At the time of writing the information is correct but is subject to change as we adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will update this online version if things change and indicate amendments. The Communications Team
Learning Gateway 3 Attendance and Parent news 4 My Work and Files Lateness and Attendance Learning Gateway and Parent News Year 6 Page It is important for students to attend school on time and as often as possible. It At Dorothy Stringer we have something called My Children has been shown that students’ performance in exams and enjoyment of school the ‘Stringer Learning Gateway’ (SLG). Students at a glance are both reduced by poor attendance and punctuality. Our expectation is that and parents can access information about student School Calendar students have an absence rate of 3% or better. timetables, behaviour and achievement points, daily notices, attendance and most importantly lots of Extra Curricular Attendance learning resources. There is also an online home Timetable learning diary so that you and your child can check My School Contacts If for some reason your child is not able to attend school then you should what home learning has been set and when it is due in. contact the Attendance Office. Studybugs may be used to do this. One of the You will also be able to see your child’s class teachers’ Report Absence main benefits of Studybugs is that it will automatically update the electronic names and contact details, report their absence and register so that we will know almost immediately if you have contacted us to much more. Exams Information let us know that your child is away with an illness. This information however will not be public knowledge. It will be the same as when you have phoned up Once the Acceptable Use Policy has been signed, GCSE Targets and left a message for our Attendance Officer to log an absence. It is simply parents will be issued with a username and password a much quicker, easier and more efficient way for you to notify the school of to access the school’s computer network. When you absences due to illness. Medical appointments need to be notified by e-mail or have both username and password you will be able to go to the school website phone call. Details of how to use Studybugs or how to contact the Attendance ( www.dorothy-stringer.co.uk ) and click on the Learning Gateway. You will then Office to report absence are on page 21. be prompted to log on and will be able to see your child’s information; if you are having difficulties logging in please click on the Help icon on the website. Absences may be checked from time to time by the Attendance Office. If your child has an excessive amount of absence your child’s Head of Year or the News: Mr Hillier sends a weekly news update to our parents and carers Education Welfare Officer may contact you to discuss ways in which the school and we have an online newsletter for each year group on the SLG. It’s an can support your child. opportunity to share news, celebrate achievements and let you know what is happening in your school community. If you wish to take your child out of school in exceptional or unavoidable circumstances you should complete a Leave of Absence form. These are Each term we produce an e-zine Stringer Press https://public.dorothy-stringer. available from the Attendance Office and can also be downloaded from our co.uk/ds/Pages/stringer_press.aspx website https://public.dorothy-stringer.co.uk/DS/Pages/attendance.aspx. The rules regarding holidays in term time, as laid out by the Government, School Comms are very strict and we can only allow leave of absence in the most unusual We do also send some emails out where the information is relevant to smaller of circumstances. Once completed, these forms should be returned to the specific groups Attendance Office for authorisation. It is not acceptable to do this after the absence. If an emergency requires you to keep a child off school please Twitter: You can follow @DorothyStringer on twitter for updates and contact the Attendance Office immediately. whole school announcements or @DStringerPE, @DStringerDRAMA & @ StringerMaths Punctuality Instagram: dorothystringerschool, stringerhistory, ds_art_department, Students should arrive in their Form rooms for Locker Time by 8.45am. If dramadorothystringer, dorothystringerpe they are later than this they will receive a late mark. There is a warning bell at 8.40am and they should then be in lesson one by 8.50am. Anyone who arrives in school after 8.50am should report to the Attendance Office to sign in. Their name will be passed to the Pastoral Administrator.
5 Health and happiness Health and happiness 6 health and happiness Health and Happiness Having the family contact telephone numbers on the school system is very We co-operate closely with the School Health Service for the benefit of the important especially in an emergency; so if you change any of your home/ students’ physical, moral and social welfare. We have a designated First Aid work or parent/carer details you must let us know. This can be done through room, staffed by a First Aider, and a School Nurse who comes in once a week. your child’s Form Tutor, Head of Year or the school’s SIMS Manager, Bubbles The Nurse is available during break on the day she visits, for students to ‘drop- Robinson. in’ and discuss any concerns. If your child feels ill during the school day, once Should your child have a serious medical condition that requires special discussed with the First Aider, a decision will be made whether they should go treatment or restrictions on what they can do please ensure you discuss the back to lessons or they will contact the parent/carer to decide if they should go issues with the school’s First Aider firstname.lastname@example.org. Should home. We usually encourage students to try the first lesson before we phone a medical condition develop during the school year, contact the school’s First the parent/carer as often students recover given a little time. Aider, your child’s Form Tutor, Head of Year or the school’s SENCO (Special If your child has an accident out of school or needs an operation which means Educational Needs Coordinator). they are incapacitated (fracture, weakness from surgery) it is very important that the parent/carer contacts the school before the child returns. This is so Trying their best in lessons and getting involved in the life of the school and we can put plans in place to assist your child while they are out of school and the various extra-curricular activities can help a child to enjoy school and also on their return. For example; sending work home until they return, or when provide an opportunity to make new friends. However, if a child has a problem back in school they may need to leave lessons early so they can avoid busy it is important to sort it out as quickly as possible. Sometimes they can do this corridors, perhaps need to use the lift or we need to let staff know if there are themselves but at other times they will need to talk to someone. This could certain activities they cannot do for a limited time. It is important for your child be at home or through a friend or member of staff. Most school problems to know that their teachers and the First Aider are aware of their condition and can be sorted out by talking to their Form Tutor or Head of Year. However, have agreed plans. Before your child returns we need to ensure they can get sometimes they may want to talk to someone else. For example if they needed about easily and could get out of the building in an emergency. This is done by some advice they could visit the Student Wellbeing Services including Drop-In the completion of a PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan) and/or an Sessions during lunchtimes. One of the mentors would help them or advise individual healthcare plan. This is an agreed set of arrangements between the on what to do next. The sorts of problems that might arise are often to do parent/carer, the child and the school. This is usually organised through the with settling in and trying to make new friends. In general these are private Form Tutor or Head of Year and reviewed as required. conversations but we can’t promise not to speak to someone else if we are worried about a child’s wellbeing, although we will always let them know Should an accident happen at school and an ambulance is requested we will in advance. do our best to contact the parent/carer and agree if you are going direct to the hospital or coming to school. A member of staff will accompany the child if meeting the parent/carer at the hospital.
7 School closure Transport to school 8 school closure due TRANSPORt to Bad weather TO SCHOOL School Closure own way home before 3.15pm. Arrangements can be made for the school to Before your child starts at Dorothy Stringer please ensure you have discussed supervise any children who know they are to be collected at the end of the arrangements for getting home if the school has to close early. If you feel it school day and, if necessary, for a reasonable time afterwards. If, in spite of would cause difficulties for your child, it is important to discuss the issues with the above, you are still concerned about safety then, providing you phone your child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year. Please review these arrangements as the school in advance and actually come and collect your own child, we will your child progresses up the school. release them from school for you to take home. It is essential that you first If we are experiencing, or have warning of, extreme weather that may seriously report to reception. disrupt traffic or cause journeys to be dangerous, or we have an unexpected Bad Weather Clothing problem with the school’s heating or water supply it may be necessary to You can help us and your child by ensuring that they are dressed close the school. Where possible we will always aim to keep the school open; appropriately during spells of bad weather. Children should be wearing warm however, the decision to close or remain open is often complicated as we have and waterproof coats and sturdy shoes. to take in to account so many unknowns, for example; conditions of the local Stringer Learning Gateway streets and pavements, if the buses have stopped running, the number of staff Should it be necessary to close the school for several days we will put work who are able to get into school or if the normal running of the school is not possible. on the school’s SLG (Stringer Learning Gateway). All students are able to access the SLG which can be found via the school website. If a decision is made to close the school please be aware of the following points: • A text message will be sent out if we have to close the school. • We will update messages on the school’s website and answer phone. Transport • Where possible, we will have a member of staff available to answer your questions on the phone; however, please consider this as a last resort as staff According to the most recent travel survey most students walk to school, while others use public transport and those driven to school are in the may not be available to take your call. minority. However, to reduce traffic around and on the campus we would ask • Parent/Carers should listen to Heart FM (102.4 - 103.5 FM) who make regular announcements regarding school closures during bad weather. parents/carers not to drive on to the school site but drop students off away from school. Obviously there will be times due to serious injury or carrying an • In bad weather ( e.g. snow) a list of closed schools is posted on the Heart FM website. unusually heavy load where driving into school will be necessary. During the school day if you have an arranged meeting with a member of Developing Bad Weather staff the only spare parking spaces, if any, are near the Loder Road entrance. Normally when bad weather occurs during the day it is our policy to keep students All other parking spaces on site, nearer the buildings, are allocated to staff. in school until the usual dismissal time 3.15pm. However, if the weather Please do not park in a numbered space. deteriorates during the morning it may be advisable to let as many students as We operate a cycle permit scheme for anyone who wants to cycle to school. possible leave at lunch time, 12.10pm. Please discuss this arrangement with Students must get a permission slip from the Hub, and sign the agreement to your child so they are quite clear what to do in these circumstances. wear a helmet, to follow safety rules and leave their bikes under the covered Furthermore, if the weather appears to be worsening during the afternoon we cycle stand during the day. may have to make a decision to release students who normally make their
9 How parents can help How to succeed at Stringer 10 how PARENTS how to succeed CAN HELP at stringer The Stringer Learning Culture At Dorothy Stringer, we believe that coming to school with a positive Attitude to The Stringer Learning Culture encapsulates our expectations and clarifies the Learning is the most important factor in the success of your child. To this end, we positive routines and behaviour that will allow students to be successful and make have a reward structure based around Attitude to Learning. This is completely progress in a calm and pleasant learning environment. separate from the academic progress made by your child or their targets. We have high expectations of our students: we expect them to be punctual to At each report, students are given a grade for Attitude to Learning. An overall school and to lessons and to be properly equipped for learning. If students are Attitude to Learning score is then calculated, based on an average of all of struggling with organisation in the first few weeks of Year 7 their Form Tutors will their subjects. A score of 1 suggests excellent Attitude to Learning. Data shows be there to support them. Mobile phones are also banned from the classroom and that students with an Attitude to Learning of 1.8 or better are those who leave will be confiscated if seen; they must be switched off and placed in bags so as not Stringer having performed to their best. We become concerned with any ATL to disturb the focussed learning that takes place in our classrooms. One of scores of 2.0 or worse. Students with a good ATL award receive Stringer the real strengths of our school is the positive, warm relationships between staff Learning Awards (Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze). A full description of the and students, underpinned by civility, mutual respect and courtesy. criteria (‘How to Succeed at Stringer’) and the calculation of Attitude to Learning can be found on our website under Information and on pages 12 and 13. How can you help your child? Our Curriculum •Encourage your child to have a positive attitude towards school, to attend regularly and on time. The Stringer Learning Culture is designed to ensure that In order to help you support your child, and in order to allow our students to everyone is able to learn. Your support will help us with this. become independent learners, students and parents have access to a wealth of on-line resources. Curriculum Information and Course Details can be found •Ensure that your child wears the correct school uniform and is well equipped for their lessons. Also supporting your child with their home learning will enable on our website under Information / Curriculum https://public.dorothy-stringer. them to make progress and help with their organisation. co.uk/ds/Pages/Curriculum_Intent.aspx. Once you log on to the Parent pages •Encourage and enforce safe use of the internet and other cyber communications. of the SLG you will find detailed information on what is covered in the different subjects. •Attend Parents’ Evenings and other school activities to help you to be involved in the life of the school. Reading the SLG will also mean that you are informed In addition, the subject areas found on the drop down menu on the Home Page, of what is happening at school and can act on information that we send you. provides learning resources provided by the departments to support students’ learning. •If your child is going to be absent from school please contact us as early as possible. Please see Page 21 on how to report an absence. Students also have access to additional resources through their school login in •Please let us know about anything that will affect your child’s learning or behaviour. We can then keep staff informed of any changes they may need to make. ‘Students Shared Work’. Please see our Stringer Learning Culture poster here
12 How to succeed at Stringer: Learning behaviours Respect Responsibility Engagement Determination Attitude to Learning jkjh • You show respect for other • You are punctual to lessons and • You engage with your learning, • You are enthusiastic and show ATTITUDE TO LEARNING learners, staff and our shared quick to focus on your learning showing concentration and curiosity about your learning in environment • You have the correct equipment active listening skills class and at home • You show self-control and make necessary for school life • You follow instructions promptly • You act on feedback to improve good choices, including ignoring • You take responsibility for your and do not interrupt the teacher your work or attitude to learning. distractions own learning, using all available • You make thoughtful • You show resilience and are not • Your attitude and behaviour resources to make progress contributions to lessons afraid to make mistakes allow others to learn • You take pride in completing • You work independently in class • You work towards challenging • You are kind, helpful and work home learning on time and to and at home targets and show perseverance well with others the best of your ability when you find things difficult • You show respect for everyone • You are punctual to morning • You engage with activities in • You are enthusiastic and in the form group and our registration and form time form time and make thoughtful show curiosity about form time ATTITUDE TO SCHOOL shared environment • You have all the equipment contributions activities and discussions • You show self-control and make necessary for school life • You follow instructions promptly • You act on any feedback given good choices, including ignoring and do not interrupt your form to improve your attitude to • You wear correct school uniform distractions tutor school • You take responsibility for • You show resilience and are not • Your attitude and behaviour maintaining the good reputation • You make the most of the afraid to make mistakes allow others to contribute of our school opportunities on offer at Dorothy • You show perseverance when • You are kind, helpful and work Stringer you find things difficult well with others • You show independence in form time when required to do so We will have a scale of 4 levels of judgement against these Learning Behaviours: Always (=1) Mostly (=2) Sometimes (=3) Rarely (=4) What’s your Attitude To Learning ? myself to ask questions and help others, got Good for my ATL. Now I’m pushing getting answers wrong. But once I understood that you I always did what I was told but only Stringer Learning Awards celebrate your positive Attitude To Learning. understand why some people didn’t seem to mind and effort you put into your lessons and your homework and that you They reflect how keen you are to participate in class, the enthusiasm I worried about looking keen to learn and couldn’t have to make mistakes to learn, I started feeling I have started to get Excellent in Learning Awards are given based on your ATL score, as long as you always take responsibility for your learning and improving every day. happier in lessons. Now my ATL score is much At each report, your teachers are asked to assess your Attitude To achievement achievement achievement achievement Learning (ATL). For each grade you are given these points: ” Are you Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze? ” points points points points Students with an ATL score many subjects. across all of your subjects. of better than 1.8 are the successful ones at GCSE. better and so are my grades. An average is then taken What are Stringer Learning Awards? 25 20 10 5 “ proud of me when I got a Bronze Award When I wasn’t doing well, I told myself ” PLATINUM BRONZE Stringer Learning Culture I didn’t care, but my parents were SILVER and it felt good to be improving. “ GOLD have no grades of ‘Rarely’. 1 2 3 4 Award to help me when prefect, as well as for college interviews and I’m keeping my Gold ” applying to be a job applications. Sometimes Always Mostly Rarely “ “ 11
13 Your child’s progress Miss School = Miss Out 14 YOUR CHILD’S PROGRESS How We Report on Behaviour for learning Reporting During the year we will report to you in three different ways: In Years 7 to 9, you will receive Learning Behaviour Reports (LBRs) termly. These will give you • a grading for Attitude to Learning, as shown in the poster on page 12 • a figure and grading for attendance • details of Stringer Learning Awards earned. An explanation of Stringer Learning Awards can be found on the website and on page 11 Our data clearly shows that Attitude to Learning and Attendance are the key drivers in students making greater than expected progress in their 5 years with us. In Year 10 and 11, you will receive two LBRs and a more detailed written report. In addition to Attitude to Learning and Attendance, these will also include a target grade for each subject as well as a forecast for the grade they are likely to achieve at GCSE if they continue to work as they are at the time of the report. Parents’ Evening Once a year, you will have the opportunity to attend a Parents’ Evening to meet your child’s teachers. The booking of appointments for Parents’ Evening is done through an online booking system. Shortly before the evening, you will be sent an email explaining how to access the system. Further details can be found on the website at https://public.dorothy-stringer.co.uk/ds/Pages/parents_evening.aspx The dates of Parents’ Evenings are published in the school diary which can be found at https:// public.dorothy-stringer.co.uk/ds/Documents/Calendar2019_20WEB.pdf Full information on our reporting process can be found on our website at : https://gateway.dorothy-stringer.co.uk/public/ds/Pages/reporting.aspx
15 Breakfast, break and lunch Trips and clubs 16 Trips School trips are used to enhance the curriculum in many subject areas. Term-time trips always have a direct curriculum link. Each subject department organises a variety of curriculum trips throughout the year. During the holidays there is a mixture of curriculum and leisure trips that are run by staff. Other trips may include visits to: ‘Dolawen’, our own outdoor At Dorothy Stringer we take healthy eating seriously and this is reflected in the activity centre in North Wales, a ski trip (usually alternate years, Italy, quality of the food provided. We serve a wide range of hot and cold meals and Ghana, Ypres and Paris. Some Form Tutors organise outings with their Tutor a good selection of quick bites. Students can choose from pasta pots with a Group to celebrate various events or the end of term; these might be to go choice of sauces, our own ‘Stringer Sub’ made to order or a meal of the day. bowling or ice skating, out for a meal or to LazerZone. Additionally, in the last Look out for healthy options, for example, we offer assorted salad boxes, a full week of the academic year, we have an Enrichment Week for all students variety of vegetarian choices and fresh fruit. We work hard to provide a wide in Years 7-9, offering a wide range of activities. variety to suit all tastes – there is something for everyone. Students can eat inside the canteen or under either of our external canopies. Visit the website to Staff believe that visits and school trips benefit the students, not only by see our menus. widening their horizons, but also by allowing them to establish a different set of Students are also welcome to bring in a packed lunch. relationships with each other and with the staff. Opening times are Monday to Friday: Some parents and carers like to plan ahead to budget for trips: you can find Breakfast from 8.15am to 8.45am more information on our website under extra-curricular/school trips/overview. Break time from 10.50am to 11.10am Trips vary in cost and we encourage you to pay via your School Gateway as Lunch from 12.10pm to 12.55pm (Years 7, 8 and 9) this reduces school administration costs, payment can be made by credit card, 12.30pm to 1.15pm (Years 10 and 11) debit card or by Instant Bank Transfer, using the Schoolgateway. For further After school from 3.15pm (all years) information about all trips please contact Samantha DeBanks-Hirst on 01273 852288 or email AD-SDH@dorothy-stringer.co.uk. We operate a ‘cashless biometrics’ system in the canteen to save carrying or losing money and to speed up the queuing process. Each student has an To register interest for any trip you need to login to your parent homepage on account and you can top this up online through the ‘Schoolgateway’ system. the school gateway. You can login into this via our public website and clicking Full instructions can be found online and on page 22 of this booklet. There is on the login button on the top right hand side of the page. Once logged in you also a validating machine for cash deposits (coins only). If you are entitled to will see the trips icon: and this will show you what trips are available to book for Free School Meals your child’s account will automatically be topped up on a your child. daily basis. The School Gateway can be accessed using the following link: https:// If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals but have not yet login.schoolgateway.com/0/auth/login . If you have any queries about the registered for them we can help with the process – see our website for more schoolgateway, please do not hesitate to contact Bubbles Robinson on 01273 details: https://public.dorothy-stringer.co.uk/ds/Pages/free_school_meals.aspx 852212. Lower School students are not allowed to leave the school grounds at break or lunchtimes. Clubs and Groups There are a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs you are able to join. These may alter each term; some are before school, some at lunchtime and others after school. To view the current list, go to the school website and look under ‘extra-curricular’ in the main menu bar. There is also a link on your Student/ Parent Home Page, once you log in to the Learning Gateway.If you have any queries about a club please contact the Head of Department.
“I LOVE MY NEW UNIFORM, IT MAKES 17 Parent Fundraising ME FEEL VERY GROWN-UP” School uniform 18 yEAr 7 stUDENT Uniform Guidelines We expect all students to be in full school uniform. The uniform requirements are as follows. These uniform items must be purchased from Sussex Uniforms only • White polo shirt with school logo • Black V-neck jumper with school logo, or • School sweatshirt with school logo - hoodies are not permitted in school with the exception of leavers hoodies worn by Year 11 students. • Stringer Tartan skirt (worn no shorter than 8cm above the knee and with yellow band showing) Uniform items which can be purchased in any retail outlet • Black formal school trousers - unisex (no chinos or jeans) • Plain black/nude coloured tights or plain black/white socks • Plain black knee-length tailored shorts for summer wear (Summer term until October half-term) • Plain black belts may be worn on the condition that they are thin, subtle and essential to the fit of the clothing - not used as a fashion accessory • Plain black footwear (no logos/motifs or other colours should be visible. Knee length boots, sandals, platforms, high heels or ballet shoes are not permitted) As a school we fundraise throughout the year to support wider educational opportunities and provide the best possible school PE KIT experience for your child beyond the curriculum. The following PE Kit must be purchased from Sussex Uniforms only • Black polo top with school logo The parent fundraising group, organises social events from quiz nights • Black shorts with school logo (for PE/Drama use only) to comedy nights that raise crucial additional funds for our school. • Black socks with ‘Stringer’ written on (for PE use only) • Fleece lined Midlayer Top In the past the group has contributed towards additional outdoor • *Optional* Tapered Tracksuit Pant with Stringer printed seating, Dolawen - our outdoor activity centre, trips, events, a school • *Optional* Running Legging with Stringer printed minibus and the school’s Diamond Fund supporting students needing • *Optional* Rain Jacket with school logo temporary financial support. Suitable footwear i.e. trainers (can be purchased from any shop) There are a wide range of opportunities for parents, carers and Uniform Shop Uniform is purchased from Sussex Uniforms; Visit the Dorothy Stringer page of their supporters to help us with fundraising. #ShopForStringer online website for details. SUSSEX UNIFORM SHOP - DS shopping, donating old school uniform, Gift Aid contributions and offering valued expertise to our bigger fundraising campaigns all help Equipment List: hugely towards enriching everyone’s life at Dorothy Stringer. • School bag • Pencil Sharpener • Pencil case • Ruler (at least 15cm long) • Planner • Protractor If you would like to get involved, contribute new ideas or share • Pair of compasses • Pens (blue or black, highlighters expertise email us at email@example.com. • Scientific calculator and a green pen) • Pencil • Drama shorts/leggings • Eraser • Glue stick
some items of uniform must be some items of uniform must be 19 School uniform purchased at Sussex Uniform (see purchased at Sussex Uniform (see Physical Education/Uniform 20 page 18) CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE page 18) CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE Dorothy Stringer PE Dorothy Stringer Dorothy Stringer PE Shorts Socks Polo Dorothy Stringer Dorothy Stringer Dorothy Stringer sweatshirt Knitted V-Neck Polo Dorothy Stringer 1/4 Dorothy Stringer Dorothy Stringer Zip Midlayer Track Pants (OPTIONAL) Leggings (OPTIONAL) PE lessons are part of your normal timetable and you are expected to take part regularly. You must bring the correct kit, including a towel Dorothy Stringer Dorothy Stringer if you swim or intend to use the showers. Clearly name every item Fitted Polo Skirt of kit so that it can be returned to you. If you are unable to take part in PE, you must bring a note from your parents/carers and hand it to your PE teacher. In the event of your wishing to be excused for more than two weeks, you will have to produce a note from your doctor or a medical certificate. Other items that you will need to provide are: trainers and footwear for football/rugby and suitable swimwear.
Payment and online systems/ 21 Useful contacts 19 22 PARENTS PAYPAL SUSSEX STRINGER STUDyBUGS SCHOOL EVE UNIFORMS LEARNING GATEWAY BOOKing GATEWAY system co.uk parentseveningsystem. www.dorothystringer. www.paypal.co.uk stringer collections/dorothy- sussexuniforms.co.uk/ https://www. co.uk Public.dorothy-stringer. www.studybugs.org com www.schoolgateway. Studybugs Download the free Studybugs App and send us a free text when your NAME child is away. Please register online via the Studybugs website or download the App now so you have it ready, should you need to report your child’s absence. The Studybugs app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, alternatively you can use the Studybugs web site – see https://www.Studybugs.org/about/parents School Gateway What you need to do now: Activate your School Gateway account. All you need are your email address and mobile number that the school holds on record System is open you will be told when the Booking Parents’ Evening is approaching and You only need to do this when your • All Parents’ Evening bookings •Text books • Parent Calendar • Year 11 hoodie orders • Stationery (optional) • PE Kit • School Uniform Stringer communication and much more. An essential part of • • To report student absence • Textbooks • Prom • Year 11 Yearbook orders • Trips • Canteen payments for you. Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Home learning, newsletters, reports Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website and it saves the school money when we send you a text message or visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN . Use this PIN to log into the School Gateway. USED FOR You also have the option to use ‘Instant Bank Transfer’ as well as debit or credit card. Instant Bank Transfer is a secure payment method and will not only make paying for school items faster for you but it will also cut the cost to the school of processing online payments. When using ‘Instant Bank Transfer’ for the first time you will be asked to enter your bank account details. Once set up, on all future occasions, you’ll simply need to enter the amount you wish to pay the school and then click to authorise the payment. We would encourage you to use this new Bubbles Robinson PayPal Sussex Uniforms dorothy-stringer.co.uk communications@ Office Comnmunucations Attendance Office Bubbles Robinson option to save yourself time and the school money. WHO TO CONTACT FOR HELP USEFUL CONTACTS FIRST AID 01273 852216 firstname.lastname@example.org MY USERNAME RECEPTION 01273 852222 email@example.com Attendance 01273 852217 firstname.lastname@example.org Pastoral Hub 01273 852214 email@example.com Communications Office firstname.lastname@example.org MY PASSWORD Exams 01273 852212 email@example.com SIMS 01273 852212 firstname.lastname@example.org School Trips 01273 852288 AD-SDH@dorothy-stringer.co.uk
D AT E S F O R Y O U R D I A R Y DATE EVENT WELCOME TO YEAR 7 STUDENTS Monday 7 September 2020 (8.45 START) START OF TERM - ALL YEARS Tuesday 8 September 2020 (08.45 START) Monday 21 September 2020 NEW PARENTS’ EVENING OPEN EVENING (EARLY CLOSURE Thursday 1 October 2020 12.10) Monday 26 – 30 October 2020 AUTUMN HALF-TERM HOLIDAY INSET DAY (SCHOOL CLOSED FOR Monday 23 November 2020 STUDENTS) END OF AUTUMN TERM – EARLY Friday 18 December 2020 CLOSURE 12.30 Monday 21 December – Friday 1 January 2021 CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS Monday 4 January 2021 START OF SPRING TERM (WEEK 1) INSET DAY (SCHOOL CLOSED FOR Friday 22 January 2021 STUDENTS) Monday 15 – Friday 19 February 2021 SPRING HALF-TERM HOLIDAY YEAR 7 PARENTS’ EVENING Thursday 18 March 2021 (EARLY CLOSURE 14.15*) Thursday 1 April 2021 END OF SPRING TERM Friday 2– Friday 16 April 2021 EASTER HOLIDAYS START OF SUMMER TERM (WEEK Monday 19 April 2021 1) Monday 3 May 2021 BANK HOLIDAY – SCHOOL CLOSED Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2021 SUMMER HALF-TERM HOLIDAY * The school finishes early for all year groups when there is a Parents’ Evening Dorothy Stringer School | Loder Road | Brighton | BN1 6PZ www.dorothy-stringer.co.uk Email: email@example.com | Tel: 01273 852222 | Fax: 01273 852310
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