July 16, 2019

DSTC End of Term Letter

Dear Parents and Carers

We have come to the end of a very successful academic year for both staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the arrangements for the final week of this term and some exciting developments for 2019-20.

Last week of term

Monday 15th July          Sports Day and Race for Life
Students should come to school in PE kit and may bring a pink item of clothing for the Race for Life. There will be an ice cream van so students may wish to bring a small amount of cash. Hats, water bottles and sun cream are also advised.

Tuesday 16th July         STEM Day 1

Years 7 & 8 – full uniform, Years 9 & 10 – full uniform plus PE kit needed.

Wednesday 17th July    STEM Day 2

Year 7 – full uniform, Years 8, 9 & 10 – full uniform plus PE kit needed.

Thursday 18th July        Community Day

Students have already received details of their placements.

Friday 19th July            Celebration Day

Students will be dismissed at midday (no lunch will be served).  If your daughter is in receipt of Free School Meals and would like a packed lunch, please complete and return the slip, via the attached letter, below for catering purposes.

Please look out for the Newsletter with articles celebrating success.

September 2019

At the end of term we say goodbye to a number of teaching staff and wish them well in their new schools. Some have moved on following promotion and others to areas nearer their home.  We have replaced all of them with good quality subject-specialist teachers and expect our curriculum delivery to continue to grow from strength to strength.

Teaching staff leaving are (in alphabetical order) Miss Allen, Mr Christopher, Mrs Cooper,
Mrs Okagbare, Dr Osineye, Ms Steven, Mrs Warren and Ms Wilkinson.

Congratulations to Mrs Hall who will be Director of Learning for Maths, Mrs Girgenti who will be Acting Director of Learning for English and Media and Miss Whittaker who will be Acting Subject Lead for PE.

Raising Standards Leaders for the different year groups are now as follows:

  • Years 7 and 8              Mr Dix supported by the new Deputy RSL, Miss Bernarte
  • Years 9 and 10            Mrs Sheen supported by the new Deputy RSL, Mr Snipp
  • Year 11 and Post 16    Mrs Ijewere supported by the new Deputy RSL, Miss Chivers

The Pastoral Leaders remain as follows:

  • Years 7 and 8              Mrs Harrison
  • Years 9 and 10             Mrs Sutton
  • Year 11 and Post 16    Mrs Harvey

In addition to staff changes, we are moving lesson length from 6 sessions of 50 minutes to
5 sessions of 1 hour per day. The start and the end of the day will remain the same but the timing of break and lunch will change. From September these will be as follows:

  • Break will be from 10.40am until 11.00am.
  • Lunch will start at 1.00pm for Years 7, 8 and 9 and at 1.20pm for all other years.
  • Students will still have 40 minutes for lunch.

All of the changes have been undertaken to get the best possible efficiencies within the system and to improve provision.

All that is left for me to say is that I wish you a very happy, safe and enjoyable break and we look forward to seeing students when they return as follows:

  • Years 7 and 12 on Friday 30th August 2019
  • All other year groups on Monday 2nd September 2019

Yours sincerely
Mrs Anne Davis
Principal

Letter to Parents