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KEY STAGE 3 INFORMATION EVENING
(Years 7 and 8)
Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 at 5.30 to 6.30 pm.
Sixth Form Centre | Honiton Community College | School Lane | Honiton
I would like to invite you to attend the third Information Evening of 2016-17 for parents of students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8). Information Evenings are an informal opportunity for parents/carers to find out more about College life for their child/children and to ask questions of staff and Governors.
Based on feedback from parents to a survey last year we are holding separate Information Evenings for Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) and Key Stage 3 this year. The agenda for this Information Evening is below.
Please can you confirm if you are attending by contacting Shelagh Andrews on 01404 518667 or by emailing email@example.com by Friday, 28th April so we can arrange refreshments accordingly.
I look forward to seeing you on 3rd May.
Siobhan Kent (Parent Governor )
Several of you have been in touch regarding a letter which you received from Devon County Council informing you of places for KS4 courses at other institutions. I am not surprised that you found this odd. We were not aware that these letters were being sent and believe that they have gone out to every year 9 pupil in the county. Apparently, the local authority is now duty bound to let parents know of schools which admit pupils at aged 14 to pursue largely vocational courses. You will see that the schools mentioned are quite a long way from Honiton – Newton Abbott and Plymouth - and no transport is provided. Clearly, we would much prefer every student in Year 9 to stay at Honiton to complete their secondary education but we also understand if you wish to find out more about these other schools.
However please be assured of the following: the letters have gone to every family – it has been suggested that certain types of student have been targeted eg out of area or SEN and this is not the case; our view is that Honiton students are best served by Honiton Community College; and finally if we had known in advance that these letters were going out, I would have written to you to pre-warn you.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Fairer Funding for our children
Currently, the government are consulting on the proposed ‘fairer funding’ formula for all our schools. If it is approved then Devon schools, such as Honiton, stand to lose even more money per pupil (currently we are one of the poorest funded authorities in the country)! The combined effect of all the potential cuts means that Honiton Community College is set to lose a further £200, 000 next financial year, yet we still must to set a balanced budget. The only option will be to look at current and future staffing structure. This will have a direct impact on teaching, class sizes and option choices.
Politicians state more money than ever is being allocated; they quote 40 billion. However, what they fail to admit is that this increase is to help with the demographic increase. In real terms the funding for schools is dropping by 7-8%. In real terms, there is going to be a drop of over £290 per pupil.
The government is decimating our education system; and it is destroying our children’s future. Schools across the country are willing parents, and politicians to support the campaign for fairer funding. But even more is needed. It is down to all of us to ensure our children are treated with the dignity, respect, and opportunities that this government seems determined to deny them.
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Lauren receives the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
Written by Lauren - In November I was invited to St James Palace to receive my Gold award. I was lucky enough to meet the Duke himself and heard from lots of other award holders about their experiences. I enjoyed completing all aspects of the award, especially organising and completing an expedition in Italy and coaching younger years sport for my volunteering section. Having the opportunity to complete Bronze, Silver and Gold whilst at Honiton Community College was great and I will continue to help with future expeditions.
Miss P Wyatt, DofE Co-ordinator. Lauren Hunt is the first of hopefully many students from Honiton Community college who will complete their Gold award. Cerys Little has also finished and she has been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive her award at the end of May. It is a huge achievement for these young people who have spent hours of their time doing the different sections to complete the award as well as doing their A levels and applying to University.
Glenn Smith, Principal. Every school should offer DoE.HE/FE providers and employers really value the qualities and skills that the programme develops. My congratulations to Lauren who worked extremely hard to achieve her goal. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Wyatt and Miss Pavey for their support and guidance for all of our DoE students.
First Aid in year 9 Life Skills lessons
Year 9 students have been having some hands on experience in first aid and CPR in their lessons recently. Thanks to the British Heart Foundation who donated CPR training equipment to the College students were able to practice the skills required in emergency situations.
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