Letter from Headteacher Mr Brophy 07th May 2021

Coronavirus restrictions are being eased across the UK

Please remember Hands – Face – Space – Fresh Air

 

Dear Parents and Carers

We come to the end of another very successful week in school in which students have been incredibly focused on their learning and completed some wonderful work, well done to all our students who have studied so diligently this week. I have had the pleasure of interviewing candidates for new teaching posts for September over the past few days and it is a great testament to the students in our school that all the prospective candidates commented on the fantastic attitude to learning and behaviour of our pupils. We were also visited by the Tameside Reporter Newspaper who wanted to learn more about our Lent Challenge in which we raised thousands of pounds for the Christie Cancer Charity, the link to the newspaper story can be found at:

https://www.questmedianetwork.co.uk/news/tameside-reporter/fantastic-fundraising-efforts-for-denton-school/

This is yet another week in which I am incredibly proud to be Headteacher of our fantastic school and I would like to thank everyone who makes our community such a lovely place to study and work.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Next week is mental Health Awareness week and there are a number of activities for staff and students to get involved in focused on the theme of Nature that are designed to promote improved mental health. Please do talk to your children about some of the activities that they will be invited to take part in next week, as positive conversations are a crucial part of excellent mental health. Please also remember the advice regarding students getting a sufficient amount of sleep that I included in my letter of last week. Good sleep is strongly linked to good mental health.

Options Process Year 9

The vast majority of the individual interviews for the option process have now been completed by Year 9 students and Mrs Walker has been very impressed with the students’ mature attitudes and high aspirations for their future. Please do remember that the deadline for returning the completed Options Form is Friday 14th May.

Traffic Outside the School Site

We have recently had a number of concerns raised by residents due to inconsiderate parking or driving at the start/end of the school day.

Please could I remind parents/carers who are picking up or dropping off students to be mindful of the local community and not to park in such a way that would block access to residents’ driveways. It is also important that parents/carers don’t park in such a way that restricts the flow of traffic particularly in the areas around the bus stops as this can lead to issues of access and movement of traffic for the local community.

As you are aware road safety for students is incredibly important and I would ask parents/carers to always be considerate in the way they park and drive outside of school as any actions that limit road visibility, impede traffic flow, or increase vehicle speed can potentially increase the risk of a road accident for all members of the local community including our children.

Finally…

Thank you for your ongoing support and please remember that you can contact school each weekday Monday to Friday either by calling 0161 336 2743 or emailing admin@stmcollege.org.uk during normal school hours

God bless and stay well.

H Brophy

Headteacher

 

COLLEGE MISSION & ETHOS

 

St Thomas More RC College is a group of believers, united heart and soul in a Community which recognises the worth and dignity of all people. St Thomas More RC College is committed to developing fully the talents of all its members, in Communication of the Gospel values of peace, love, truth and justice; in Communion with Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Aims : There is a friendly and experienced teaching staff in the college that work together to support our Christian Ethos and ensure that each student is enabled to achieve their full potential. Our recent Ofsted report (February 2017) stated that all staff and pupils work harmoniously together to create a calm, purposeful and warm atmosphere. We are listed in the Good Schools Guide . The curriculum management structure in the school supports National Curriculum subject areas, Religious Education and Whole School Development. All staff are supported by a Senior Management team. There is a strong team of support staff including teaching support staff, secretaries, librarian/reprographics assistant, ICT, ADT and Science technicians, caretakers, lunchtime assistants, cleaners and kitchen staff. The collective strength of our staff ensures that the ethos and values in our Mission Statement provide all our pupils with high quality teaching and learning within a supportive environment.

 

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