Moreton End of Year Letter
I would like to thank you for your support in my first two terms as Headteacher of Moreton School.
I believe passionately in students having the best possible life chances. My responsibility is to ensure that every learner succeeds, with the highest quality experiences and with no ceiling to success. Staff at Moreton work tirelessly to challenge students through the best possible teaching, prepare students for life beyond Moreton through strong wellbeing support and ensure that students respect all members of the school community.
During the course of the opening months to 2023, we took an exciting step on our Moreton teaching and learning journey and created the ‘Moreton Five,’ five strands of exciting and challenging teaching and learning fundamentals that underpin every lesson. It is our view that every child should have lessons where:
- Engagement and drive are the golden thread in every lesson and every subject
- Checking for understanding takes place consistently and frequently in every stage of learning
- The climate for learning at Moreton is one of inspiration, celebration and facilitation and the heartbeat of this is purposeful relationships
- Every student is exposed to expert modelling and instruction from subject specialists
- Lessons are planned and adapted to the needs and interests of students.
To ensure our vision for high quality teaching and learning is possible, we have secured some incredibly skilled new teachers and support staff to replace those colleagues who are leaving us for promotions at other schools. We wish those colleagues the best of luck and we are eagerly waiting the arrival of our new team.
From next week, we have two new Modern Foreign Languages and Science teachers joining the team which will mean that students have improved access to specialist teaching. I would like to praise the resilience of our students who have been very patient with staff who have been providing cover.
We are continuing with our drive to improve corridor behaviour with CALM corridors. Duty points have been highlighted with clear visual notices as to the duty point area and who is on duty at a specific day and time, this is having a positive impact on our school but we are always looking at ways to improve. This week has seen a real drive to engage with students’ voice in all year groups with lunchtime meetings of our Moreton School Council. The students have been honest, mature and given us a greater understanding of how to further improve their school experience. Due to their voice we shall be communicating to you the changes that are being made.
With just over three weeks left I would like to remind all parents/carers that Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July are both inset days, meaning school is closed to our students. Students will finish their academic year on Friday 21st July 2023.
Looking ahead to September 2023, we have listened to both staff and student voice and have made a change to the position of Tutor Time in the school day. This does not affect the start or finish time for students. From September 2023 our school day will be:
|8.45 am – 9.45 am||Period 1|
|9.45 am – 10.45 am||Period 2|
|10.45 am – 11.05 am||Tutor Time|
|11.05 am – 11.20 am||Break time|
|11.20 am – 12.15 pm||Period 3|
|12.15 pm – 1.10 pm||Period 4|
|1.10 pm – 1.40 pm||Lunch time|
|1.40 pm – 2.35 pm||Period 5|
|2.35 pm – 3.30 pm||Period 6|
I would also like to seek your views on how we can improve so please can you spare five minutes to complete our parental survey: https://app.bouncetogether.co.uk/shrt/MPXEYTWYS4
I would also like to share with you, some exciting news that will be taking place at Moreton starting today. A huge investment has taken place to improve our outdoor sporting facilities, with the entire hard surface; which is now courts, being redeveloped into two brand new netball (and basketball) courts and a brand new 3G MUGA (Astroturf pitch for a variety of sports). This is currently planned for sole school use:
I cannot wait for your children to make use of amazing facility!
For September, I would like to remind you that encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success. When you make school attendance a priority: you help your child achieve higher grades; develop healthy habits; avoid dangerous behaviour and give them a better chance of achieving their full potential. Students who have excellent attendance also feel more connected to their peers, develop important social skills and friendships and are significantly more likely to leave school with excellent qualifications.
Research shows that with an attendance of:
Impact on Qualifications and Futures
73% chance of achieving five or more grades 5-9 at GCSE
Drop one grade in each GCSE subject studied. Missing half a school year between Years 7-11 if this trend continued
95 – 190 hours
Only 35% of students will achieve five or more grades 5-9 at GCSE
It is important that all our students look and feel good about themselves, which is why we insist on high standards of dress and appearance. Our uniform helps students to achieve these high standards and we ask for your continued support in ensuring that our uniform is worn as intended. Please visit our website for further clarification on our uniform expectations
Finally, I would like to wish Mr Hignett (Deputy Headteacher) the very best of luck. Mr Hignett is leaving us to take up a role of Headteacher at a Shropshire school. I would personally like to thank Mr Hignett for his hard work and commitment to Moreton School. He will be missed and his new school are very lucky to have him as their leader.
Have an amazing summer with your children and we look forward to welcoming them back to school on Tuesday 5th September 2023. We will be starting with very high expectations and all students will have a full induction including what we expect from them in every lesson. This school is on an exciting journey and I am glad that your children are on board with us.
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