HAPPY NEW YEAR to all pupils, parents and friends of Sharples School.

It has been a real pleasure to welcome our students back; they look fantastic – all smartly dressed in full school uniform and eager to get back in to the routines of lessons and general school life. There is a lot to look forward to this coming term. Next week sees some lucky Year 7 and 8 pupils going for ‘a night in the museum’! This is a STEM activity and will challenge our pupils’ scientific knowledge as part of Birmingham Science Museum’s Thinktank initiative.

It is a busy time for Year 11 pupils for obvious reasons. Thursday 15th January is a very important date as it is their final parents’ evening before they start their GCSE exams next term. I strongly urge all Year 11 parents to attend this crucial event from 5pm to 7pm to help prepare your children for the coming months, starting with the next round of Pre-Public Exams (mocks) on Monday 19th January.

At half term, there are two trips running; one to Paris and one to Madrid. These are both cultural and educational visits where pupils will visit landmarks and engage in coursework and revision sessions with the added inspiration of being held in these exciting European cities.

Sharples School prides itself on the additional opportunities it offers to all pupils. There are many clubs and after school sessions available to all pupils before and after school and during lunchtimes. There will also be some revision sessions running during the half term and Easter breaks. Please do not hesitate to contact school to find out more about these opportunities and to suggest any new ones you think our pupils would benefit from. We now have a new Parent Teacher Association, ‘The Sharples Association’ which is run by Miss Molyneux (c.molyneux@sharplesschool.co.uk), and you are very welcome to attend if you have any ideas on how to make Sharples School an even better place for your child to learn and achieve. Some parents, via the Association, have expressed their thoughts about the weekly news update and its format. We will respond to their suggestions in due course and hope that in the meantime you still find the information in its current format interesting and useful.

The consultation period for conversion to a Multi Academy Trust ends today and I will keep you informed when we have any news regarding our application.

Thank you for your continuing support for Sharples School and I hope you and your child have a happy and productive 2015.

R. Quesnel, Headteacher.