Parents Noticeboard

  • Ofsted 2017 Parent Letter

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    A copy of our recent Ofsted report is available on the school website and also on the Ofsted website. If you prefer, printed copies of the report are available at reception on request.

    The Governors and myself are pleased with many aspects of the report. It highlights how “the school operates smoothly, with good behaviour and polite and well-mannered students”. “The Headteacher provides strong, clear sighted leadership, raising expectations and challenging low aspirations”. “A greater number of pupils are now making the progress they are capable of”, “pupils are polite and well-mannered, they behave well in lessons and around the school”. “The new Governing Board has the expertise required to evaluate information about the progress of different pupils” and “leaders provide training across the school, this is now starting to hit home”. Additionally, “parents’ views of the school are positive” and it is clear that our community has a sense of pride in Park.

    It was pleasing that the team could evidence the positive results of numerous changes and developments introduced over the past two years, especially around teaching and learning, leading to ‘improvements in pupils’ progress in English & Mathematics’. In addition, the inspectors saw the great work of our pastoral team and the impact of the House system in supporting ‘good pupil development, welfare and behaviour’.

    The Governors and Senior Leadership Team have an accurate understanding of the areas requiring further improvements, therefore this report brings no surprises and validates our work to date. The school had already put into place strategies for school development and improvement. Our 2020 vision, published in December 2016, explains our ambitions and this report will help us continue on our journey to excellence.

    We recognise and agree with the overall judgement, which reinforces the direction of travel and action plans we have already identified and have in place. The school will respond to the report, working with you to continue with our plans to further enhance the quality of provision at the school, particularly around our core business of teaching and learning.

    The Chair of Governors, Kim Baker, and myself are happy to meet with parents between 2pm and 6pm on Wednesday 21st June. If you would like to book a slot between these times, or if you are unable to make this time/date but wish to talk with a member of staff, please contact the school on 01271 373131 or email: ncorrick@theparkschool.org.uk and we will arrange an appointment at a convenient time for you. As always, we are also happy to respond to email questions.

    Thank you for your continued support for our school. 

    Yours sincerely,

    Mr G Roscoe

    Headteacher

  • Year 11 Leavers Hoodie

    As part of the celebrations for the end of year our Head Girl and a team of her peers are organising a leavers hoodie which will display the school logo and the names of all of our pupils in year 11. We understand that some parents and students may not want their name displayed. If you do not wish your child to have their name displayed on the back of the hoodie, please can you return the slip below by the 17th March to Mrs Mills in the progress office. 

    Hoodie Student Name Opt-out letter

  • Funding Challenges For Devon Schools - We Need Your Help!

    You may have recently read or heard about issues over the future finances of schools and I wish to share with you some of my serious concerns around the funding pressures facing The Park Community School as well as all other schools in Devon. Please take the time to read my full letter (Click this link) for full details.

    Children in Devon schools get funding that is significantly below the national average. In 2016-17 this resulted in a shortfall of £290 per pupil. This difference in funding means that we at Park received a budget which is approximately £377,000 less than the average across the UK for 2016/17. This funding shortfall has been, and will continue to be, detrimental to the quality and range of the educational provision for children at all Devon schools.

    You may have seen articles in the local press and I am aware other local schools have written a similar letter to their parents and communities. As a school community, we are seeking your support in raising awareness of this urgent situation. We would welcome all the letter writing, awareness raising and campaigning you could muster. Click the link to my letter above for further details.

    We thank you as always for supporting your school.

    Mr G Roscoe, Headteacher

  • Facility Improvements

    We are very fortunate at The Park to have a large and pleasant campus. We are blessed with open space and are located in a convenient and accessible location.

    Governors and staff are keen to maintain our campus, improving facilities and the learning environment, whilst ensuring safety and security of members of our community and physical property. Whilst we have no current issues concerning site safety, we are not complacent and continually evaluate our safeguarding, safety and security procedures. For example, we have recently upgraded and extended our CCTV coverage.

    Our site is large and has several entrances; these aid student movement at the start and end of school. However, we are considering closing access gates during the school day. We are proposing to close the gate by Park Lane, the gate by the bus turning circle and the gate onto the footpath by Hiern Drive between the hours of 9.15 am and 3.10 pm. Students arriving or leaving the school site between these times will need to use the main entrance by reception; students are used to using reception to sign in or out.

    We appreciate that this means a change for the small minority of students arriving/leaving school during normal hours, but we feel the added security for all members of our community is worth this small sacrifice.

    This measure is commonplace in most primary and secondary schools in North Devon and beyond. This will encourage all visitors to use our main reception area and provide added safeguarding features to our practice.

    Before any final decision is taken, we would we appreciate any parental views or feedback. Please contact reception or email: admin@theparkschool.org.uk. Mr G Roscoe Headteacher

  • Bus Service Changes 4th January 2017

    Whiddon Valley Bus Service

    We were informed last night at 3.20pm that there will no longer be a bus service to and from Whiddon Valley servicing Park School students. 

    Westward Ho! Bus Service

    The bus service for students living at Westward Ho! will terminate at Bideford, where students will have to change buses to continue the journey to Westward Ho!

    There are no changes to the Northam bus service; students will be able to continue their journey as normal on the usual bus from Park School.

    Bus timetables will be available at Park School from today and we have attached a copy below.

    Please contact the bus company on Tel: 01392 531670 if you would like to discuss this further with them.  Please be assured we are doing everything we can to lobby the company for a better service.

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  • A plea for construction tools

    Thursday 1st September, 2016

    Dear Parent

    It is very important to us that we offer our students the best opportunities to enable them to be successful both in school and when they leave us.

    As a result, from September, we are offering a small number of Year 10 students a level 1 BTEC construction qualification.

    I am appealing to those of you who may have construction equipment sitting unused in the back of a shed, garage or have links with someone who may be happy to donate some equipment to our eager Year 10’s.

    The equipment that the students need is:-

    Spirit levels (600mm)

    Boat levels (9 inch)

    Club hammers (4lb)

    Bolsters (4 inch)

    Brickhammers/scutch

    Tape measures (5m)

    Building gloves

    Safety glasses

    Bricklaying trowels (11 inch)

    Pointing trowels

    Plastering trowels

    Guaging trowels

    Jointing irons

    Building line and pins

    Building shovels x 4

    Buckets x 4

    Wheelbarrows (90 litre) x 2!

    As our students will be using the equipment could you please ensure that it is in a suitable condition to be used by them in school.

    The Year 10’s, Mr Grundy, Mr James and myself would be very grateful for any of these items, that you are able to find.

    Please drop off any donations to reception (It would be great to know who is donating each item). If you would like to donate, but are not able to get items to reception, please let us know either by telephoning school or via email to sgraham@theparkschool.org.uk, so that I can try to organise collection.

    A really huge thank you to those of you who are already preparing to search your sheds and garages!

    Mrs Graham and the Year 10’s (The school office will be open from 1st September Mon-Fri 8am - 4.30pm)

     

    YEAR 10 CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES - SEPT 2016

    Another plea to parents from Mrs Graham....

    If you have any old (not frayed please) longer lengths of rope, bright coloured thick cord, lengths of 1” and 2” round guttering, balls of string, coloured stakes (300mm at least). I would be very grateful for any donations for the beginning of term - students will be taking part in challenges on Wednesday 7th September.

    Finally, if anyone has access to approx 100 4-6ft bamboo canes.....please let me know via email on sgraham@theparkschool.org.uk.

    I will be available at school for drop offs on 1st and 2nd September or 5th September

     

  • Changes to School Bus Services

    Please note the following bus service changes:

    • From 29th March there will be no Park and Ride bus service - This means that students who have relied on the Park and Ride Service must now make alternative arrangements to arrive at school on time.  
    • From 11th April, the 21 and 21A bus that provided a service to and from Park School will become the number 922 - The 921 provides a service to Pilton School.
    • Please note that the 21 and 21A will no longer stop at Park School, these buses will terminate at the bus station.  So students should catch the 922 bus.

    Please see following link to the new school bus timetable New 922 Bus Timetable

    For all other bus times, please visit the stagecoach website 

     

  • Safeguarding - Important Information For Parents

    Safeguarding in The Park Community School is considered to be everyone’s responsibility and as such our setting aims to create the safest environment within which every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The Park Community School recognises the contribution it can make to ensure that all children who use our setting feel that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken. We will do this by working in partnership with other agencies in accordance with “Keeping Children Safe in Education” DfE March 2016 and seeking to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers, and colleagues to develop and provide activities and opportunities that will help to equip our children with the skills they need. This will include resources and experiences that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours. Ways of working by Tutors and Heads of House will be fundamental to this ethos. 

    On this page you will find various Safeguarding related information for parents/carers to read.

  • No Pass No Travel

    School Transport

    For those students entitled to free travel to and from school, Devon County organises their transport.  We all work together to safeguard students’ wellbeing and always help anyone experiencing any difficulty to get home safely.  However, the whole process relies upon the “No Pass No Travel Scheme” that we must please all support:-

    • Only students who show a valid travel pass to the driver on every journey will be allowed to travel.  Students must travel on the vehicle indicated on their pass.
    • Please ensure that your child has their travel pass before they leave home every day.
    • Please ensure that your child knows what to do in the event they are not allowed to travel or the bus does not arrive (e.g. because of breakdown or traffic conditions or severe weather).  School attendance is very important and it is best to be prepared for any of these eventualities.
    • DCC will carry out regular pass checks throughout the year.
    • Drivers are not allowed to carry passengers who cannot show a valid pass.
    • If your child loses their pass during the day they should go to the school office to ask for a 10 day temporary pass.  Replacement passes cost £5 each and can be ordered online, or by sending a cheque with a replacement form.

    Further info available at:  http://www.devon.gov.uk/school_transport

    Thank you for your help and support.  

     

     

  • From Grammar To Park - Book For Sale

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    We are offering this book at a discounted price of £5, (RRP £19.99) 

    100 Years of Park's history written by an ex-pupil, Trevor Hill.
     
    This book tells the story of the first secondary school to be built by Devon County Council. An exquisite blend of archive sources and personal testimonies evokes a century of turbulent change - from 1910, when Barnstaple Grammar School opened at Newport, to 2010, when The Park Community School celebrates its centenary. 
     
    Amusing anecdotes and rare photos bring to life a place dear to the hearts of generations of children. 
     
    The book is available from the School Office.