Thomas Estley Community College

Parents

Thomas Estley Community College is dedicated to providing an enriching, excellent quality comprehensive community education service for all learners and the wider community. We ensure our learning is fun with our high quality teaching and learning as well as developing our students into positive citizens through our enriched curriculum.

Come and have a look at Thomas Estley! We are delighted to invite primary aged students and their parents to our annual Open College week, 11-13 September 2018.

Visit the college during the day for a no-frills, authentic taste of the daily learning experience, when you can tour a variety of lessons and ask our students and staff about college life. Book onto a tour by ringing 01455 283263 or emailing PAtothePrincipal@thomasestley.org.uk by Friday September 8. Tours are open t…o parents of students currently in Years Four, Five and Six. Students can attend with their parents if they have permission from their primary school. Tours take place 9:00-10:15 and 11:00-12:15 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Visit our Open College evening on Wednesday 12 September, from 7:00-8:30pm for an informative talk and a chance to visit our subject departments and investigate learners outcomes and experiences.

Year Five and Six learners currently at our official catchment primary schools will receive information next week about Thomas Estley and our Open College week from their primary school teacher; if your child attends an out of catchment school or does not receive the information by Friday September 1, please do contact us to request an information pack in the post. Meanwhile find out more about the college from our website thomasestley.org.uk or by visiting our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ThomasEstley

Help & Support

At Thomas Estley Community College the Every Child Matter agenda lays the foundations of the Support that is offered to all of our young people.

Vertical tutor groups ensure a smooth settling in period for all new students. The Team structure creates manageable sized groups giving a sense of identity and belonging.

Throughout the school there are a variety of different groups and support programmes that benefit and support all of our pupils needs. Clubs such as; Brush Strokes, Walking groups, Homework Clubs, Peer Mentor Programme, Handwriting support, Book Worms, Spelling support, Gifted and Talented, Adult Mentors.

Thomas Estley works closely with a number of outside agencies, such as the School Nurse and Educational Welfare Officer. Some of these deliver bespoke programmes within school such as; YISP – behaviour management, New Directions, Locality Support Team and Reality Projects.

Primary Transition

Here at Thomas Estley, Year 7 is certainly not the first chance that our students have to meet us. There are lots of opportunities for children in our local primary schools to come and join us and experience learning in a secondary school environment.

Year 6 have a number of opportunities to meet and work with the college staff and students, including a two day induction process in their summer term.

We offer a range ‘Masterclasses’ to Year 5 pupils who have a strength in a particular subject area. We also offer other learning opportunities such as a business and enterprise day and a treasure hunt around college for Year 5 pupils.

There are also activities for our younger pupils with Year 4 children coming into college to focus on English, maths, history and even cooking!

We also host a variety of sports competitions throughout the year for our local primaries which are well attended and highly competitive.

So Year 7s joining Thomas Estley never really need to feel that it is their first day at secondary school.

For further information contact Mrs Clements.

 

 

 

 

Working with Parents

We work in collaboration with parents in many ways, and are always looking for opportunities to strengthen links with the home. These currently include, but not exclusively:

Parents Evenings and consultations focussed on progress, targets, support and information sharing. Communication through each student’s organiser between parents and teachers, on an ongoing basis. Regular communications home,e-mailed through ParentMail2 (see below) and paper based as appropriate. These include a Parents Calendar and a regular newsletter.

Phonecalls and meetings as appropriate to share information and discuss issues.

Termly Parents Forum – an open network for parents to meet with the college senior leadership team, find out information and provide extra feedback.

Family learning projects such as Working Together (an annual family mentoring and learning project targeting students), as well as targeted coffee mornings and feedback events.

The college Facebook page to showcase achievements and a photo gallery. www.facebook.com/thomasestley

The College also uses ParentMail2 to allow on-line payments. At the start of each academic year new pupils will be issued with a registration letter. If you require further information, please contact the school office.

Parental Responsibility

Statutory requirements regarding signatures on the college admission form and other Permission Forms state that the signature must be from an adult with Legal Responsibility for the child concerned.

Safety Online

For more information for your child’s safety online, please download our ‘purely for parents‘ guidance sheet. If you would like to download the pupils internet version, this is also available to download.

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