29th September 2017

Important Dates to Note
This Thursday (the 5th), we will be finishing early at 1.10pm to set up for our Y8 Open Evening later on that evening. On that note, please do remember to tell your friends to come along on Thursday to see what Ferndown Upper has to offer.

We also have our teacher-training day next Monday 9th, so remember that students will not be in school on this date.

STEM Careers Fair
Last week we ran our first STEM careers fair with 27 organisations taking part. All of our Year 11 to 13 attended and there was a real buzz in the school hall. Thank you to Mrs Bothamley for arranging such an excellent event for our students.

Year 12 Safe Drive Presentation
This is a very hard-hitting presentation that involves the police, fire bridge, paramedics and victims of accidents educating students over how to stay save on the road. Our Y12 were extremely well behaved and the message, although powerful was a very important one to deliver.

Excellent Progress 8 Result
The government notified us on our GCSE Progress score this week, and it was a very pleasing +0.31. I realise that this measure is new to everyone, but for context 0 means the students in a school have performed as well as expected, whereas +0.1 means that students have achieved a grade better than expected. Therefore Ferndown’s score of +0.31 means that students did better than expected in three subjects. To put this result into context, this score would have been the third best result in the whole of Dorset last year. I will be able to tell you how well we stack up against this year’s results once the government has released information on all schools later next month.

Standards Card
Students who receive a detention for repeated failure to wear the uniform correctly will now be issued with a Standards Card to carry around with them for the next half term. Any teacher will then be able to challenge poor uniform and to sign the student’s card. Tutors will monitor their tutees who have a card and for every three signatures that the student receives, a detention will be set. Lost cards will also result in a detention. The reason why we have implemented this policy is because we have 99% of our students looking really smart, wearing their uniform with pride, and we think that it should be 100%.

On the note of uniform, may I just remind parents that only black or dark grey socks are allowed.