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Uniform Changes March 2016 Frequently Asked Questions Do I have to buy a new blazer? No you do not have to buy a new blazer. Our new suppliers Anglia Sports and Schoolwear Ltd have sourced a better quality Blazer which we believe is better value for money. The new blazer does have different stitching which makes the badge look slightly different but the old version of the blazer is still allowed to be worn. The price difference is £1.Can we buy the trousers or skirt from different shops? We expect all students to be wearing the graphite grey trousers and skirts that are supplied by Anglia Sports and Schoolwear Ltd. How much money does the Academy get from the uniform supplier? We have no financial links with our uniform supplier. We have chosen the supplier based on quality and best overall value for money. The Academy makes no financial gain from changing supplier in fact it has cost the Academy to end the contract with our previous supplier who we felt was not providing quality products or a good service to parents/carers and as was verified by a significant number via complaints we know were received. Do we have to buy shirts from the supplier? No. We are happy for parents/carers to source a white school shirt from any retailer. Is it true that there will be an Academy coat and bag?There are no plans to prescribe the type of coat or bag students have. Can students wear the old uniform in September? We are allowing students to wear the new uniform items (trousers and skirts) as well as the old uniform items for the summer term. This is to help minimise the transition costs for parents/carers. In September, the only items that will be acceptable will be the new uniform as is now published on the Academy website. Can students wear a jumper under their blazer? Students can wear the blue Academy jumper which must be purchased from Anglia Sports and Schoolwear Ltd. Can female students wear trousers instead of skirts? Yes they can although there are separate trousers for girls and these need to be purchased through our Academy supplier. How do we know which items must be bought from the school suppliers? The items that must be purchased from the Anglia Sports and Schoolwear Ltd are clearly indicated with an * on the uniform policy on the Academy website.Will there be an opportunity for students to try on the uniform? Anglia Sports and Schoolwear Ltd will hold a uniform event at the Academy during the summer holidays. Items will be available to try on by students and parents will be able to purchase/order items. Will students in Year 11 be able to wear the blue polo shirt instead of a shirt and tie? In September, Year 11 (our current Year 10) will not be offered the opportunity to purchase and wear a polo shirt. This helps to reduce the overall cost of the uniform. We have run a competition for Year 10 to design their own school tie and the winner will be available for Year 11 students only to purchase and wear.
Essex Parent Letter
Essex Parent Letter - Fund The 8%
CWA/TKE 20 February 2017Dear Parent/Carer,Re: Fund the 8% All Essex Secondary Headteachers wish to make you aware of the funding situation Essex schools are facing. In recent weeks, the TV, radio, newspapers and internet have given a lot of coverage to the proposed National Funding Formula (NFF) consultation and the implications of underfunding for schools. School leaders across Essex are saddened by the fact that for many schools, the financial situation does not look like it is improving either in the short or longer terms. Key headlines are as follows:• The NFF will begin in April 2018 – the new proposals allocate funding with greater fairness and transparency as all schools across England will be funded via the same methodology. • These new arrangements are, however, being severely undermined by:1 - The ongoing introduction of unfunded costs being placed upon schools, such as increasing employer National Insurance and pension contributions as well as Educational Service Grant costs. These costs lie outside the NFF. 2 - Schools not receiving adequate “core funding” to meet basic staffing, equipment costs and demands as a result of implementing the new and extensive curriculum requirements. 3 - The government’s decision to make £3 billion of “efficiency savings” from school budgets.Using data from the Department for Education’s (DfE) own database, under the current NFF proposals the following will occur: • In 2018, Essex secondary schools (as a whole) will still be in the bottom third of the funding levels for 150 Local Authorities in England. The lowest third gain, on average, a further £79 per pupil rising to £144 in April 2020. • After the introduction of NFF (from 2018), unfunded cost burdens will, however, mean that such gains are offset to the point where the clear majority of schools in Essex will be no better off (or even worse off) than the current dire financial situation. Headteachers in all Essex schools (including our primary colleagues with whom we are working closely) are dismayed that our financial situation looks so bleak. Consequently, our fears about reduced staffing levels, increased class sizes and reductions in curricular and pastoral provision are likely to become a reality in either the short term, medium term or both. School leaders are united in their belief that the current situation is both unfair and unsustainable. Therefore, we are asking the government, in the strongest possible terms, to “fund the 8% cuts to school budgets”. The 8% figure derives from independent research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which you can access here: https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/8027Our first step has been to raise important questions with Ministers from the DfE as well as our own local MPs. We are happy to share these questions with you and would urge you to raise similar concerns with your local representatives. A copy of the letter sent to Mr John Whittingdale MP can be found below:http://www.plume.essex.sch.uk/essex-mp-letter-feb-2017 To conclude, I can assure you that my staff and I will of course continue to do everything in our power to maintain the current standards of care and provision, but also feel that it is important to let you know just how serious matters have become in terms of school funding. Therefore, your support as we continue with our campaign will, without doubt, prove to be somewhat vital and I have absolute faith this will be received from the Parents and Carers of Plume, Maldon’s Community Academy. Yours sincerely,Mr C A Wakefield Principal
Medical Letter February 2017
Medical Letter February 2017
CWA/DRO/GHA 23 February 2017 Dear Parents and Carers, Re: Measles, Chickenpox and ShinglesPlease may we ask for your cooperation in a vitally important matter? One of our students is receiving medical treatment for cancer. As a result, now that this student is about to start reintegrating back into the Academy, this puts the student at serious risk if exposed to measles, chickenpox or shingles. The best way to protect a student from measles is for all students to be immunised against measles. Therefore, if your child has not already been vaccinated, could we politely request that this be raised with your GP? Also, if you suspect your child has measles at any time from this point onwards, could you let the Academy know straight away. The aforementioned student is also at risk from chickenpox and would need to be given an injection within three days of contact with any student who has a confirmed case of this. Therefore, if you could please let us know immediately if you suspect that your child has chickenpox.It is also very important that you let us know if anyone in your household has shingles.Your own child is not at any risk whatsoever from this situation. However, the health and wellbeing of our student with cancer may be at serious risk. We have of course completed the necessary risk assessments that now allow the student to start back at the Academy, but the usual level of cooperation of all our Parents and Carers would be greatly appreciated in helping us to further support a vulnerable member of the Plume family. Yours sincerely,Mr C A Wakefield Principal
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