Issue 1037: 8th March 2024


Respectful Behaviour

Here at the 91心頭 School we place respect at the heart of everything we do.油 We ask all stakeholders to show respect towards each other and to support our ethos.油 Our staff work extremely hard to do their very best for all our pupils and students and deserve to be treated with the upmost respect.油 This is especially the case for staff in Reception and in Pupil Services who are often the initial contact for most parents and carers.油 As the front line, our support staff often have to pass on messages and share news and updates with stakeholders, in this capacity they are acting on my behalf and are simply doing their job in sharing information as requested.油 If you do have any concerns and/or issues with the information you receive, please contact the appropriate senior member of staff rather than expressing your dissatisfaction towards our support staff.

As a school we adopt a zero-tolerance policy and will not accept any disrespectful, aggressive or rude behaviour from any member of our school community.油 Anyone who acts in a disrespectful manner towards our staff may ultimately have their access to the school site restricted.油

I am sorry to have to write in this regard, as I am very appreciative of the fact that the vast majority of our parents and carers are supportive, understanding and respectful of our ethos and culture.油 However, I have a duty of care towards my staff, which I take extremely seriously and will do all I can to protect them in their place of work.油

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Behaviour Figures

In the same way that the majority of our stakeholders are respectful, the vast majority of our pupils exhibit good behaviour.油 For the last year we have been working hard initially to focus on the poor and unacceptable behaviour of a minority of our pupils, however the work that we have done has had a far-reaching impact on the whole school environment. I felt it was only fair to share with parents and carers the significant impact that our now not-so-new approach to behaviour and attitudes has had in terms of measurable data.

The increase in the number of centralised detentions between Term 1b and 2a can be explained by our raised expectations in terms of punctuality to lessons (5 or more minutes late) and the wearing of coats inside the school building.

Over a third of these isolations continue to be for failing to attend centralised detentions.油 As with suspensions, there is a small cohort of pupils who are unfortunately isolated too often.油

This dramatic reduction in the number of pupils being suspended can be attributed to the effectiveness of centralised detentions and the Isolation Room.


As many of you will know, here at 91心頭 we support the BookTrust with Bookbuzz, 油a curated programme of books and resources designed specifically to encourage young people to develop a love of reading.

We have been involved in this important scheme for a number of years and our school was recently used as a case study, with our fantastic Librarian, Mrs Waghorn, being interviewed by Bookbuzz about her experiences and the benefits of the programme.

If you would like to read the interview, please click and/or visit for more information.

Matilda the Musical!

Following on from last week, I am delighted to say that the time has nearly come for the opening night of our school show, Matilda the Musical!油 Performances will start at 7.00pm (door open at 6.30pm) on Tuesday 12th March and Wednesday 13th March.油 For those of you not familiar with the story of Matilda..

Matilda, a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers, lives with cruel parents who find her to be a nuisance, a lousy little worm, and a bore. When Matilda enters her first term at school, she captures the attention of Miss Honey, a kind teacher, and the two form a wonderful friendship. Unfortunately, the school is ruled by a tempestuous and mean headmistress named Miss Trunchbull, who hates children and delivers cruel and unjust punishments to all her charges. Matilda is determined to change her story, but will her cleverness and courage be enough to withstand the reign of Miss Trunchbull?油

Roald Dahls Matilda The Musical JR.油is adapted from the full-length musical which was based on the book by Roald Dahl, and features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.油The show opened on the West End in 2011 and made its油Broadway premiere in 2013. The musical earned seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, and five Tony awards, including油The Tony油for油Best Book of a Musical.

Tickets are still available via ScoPay at 贈8 or 贈25 for a family ticket (two adults and two children). I do hope to see as many of you there as possible.

And Finally

Enjoy the weekend

Year 7,8,9 Hockey Teams

Congratulations to the Year 7 and Year 8/9 Girls’ Hockey Teams who both played brilliantly in their first ever competitive hockey matches this week. Both teams came 4th and really did us proud. Our defensive side was on fire, saving a lot of good shots at goal and our attacking side played very well too.


On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day in the Library and around school with an array of activities. You may have noticed lots of #SPSreads posters displayed in classrooms.

Detailing staff reading habits. Including books theyd save if their house was on fire or books they hated with a passion as well as their favourite reads. All staff were encouraged to carry around a book of their choice on World Book Day, which stimulated many conversations about books and reading, with lots of recommendations too!

There was a special Alternative Book Title Quiz which pupils completed during form time and in the Library, which was decorated with book recommendation bunting, alongside lots of Wordsearches, Book Bingo and other book-related activities.

The winners of the Book-in-a-Jar competition were announced.

The winners of the Book-in-a-Jar competition were announced.

Congratulations to Owen (Year 7) who is our winner, for his excellent depiction of the book, Wonder by R J Palacio. Owen was awarded an Amazon voucher, Easter egg and a book.


Sabrina (Year 7) came second with her Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief creation, winning an Amazon voucher, Easter egg and book.

Ava (Year 7) came in third place for her jar, containing clues to the book Aladdin (or Arabian Nights.)
Ava wins a book and Easter egg.


Special mention also to Abbie (Year 10), Chrystal (Year 9), Mia (Year 7), & Luca (Year 7), who all received a Cr竪me Egg.

Well done to everybody who took part positive points have been awarded!


KS3 pupils dont forget your 贈1 World Book Day voucher can be exchanged for one of the special World Book Day 贈1 books or a 贈1 discount on any book of your choice in participating bookstores, (including Tesco & Sainsburys!).


Every day is World Book Day in the Library why not pop up and see all the great books we have for you to borrow.

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