Sancho College Update – 11th Mar 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers,

As we approach the end of Module 4, I wanted to take the opportunity to update you about some key dates and information regarding your child in Sancho College. It has been wonderful to see exciting events being held within the building for the first time, as well as plans being put in place for pupils to attend trips in the near future.

Key Events

On Thursday 10th March, we invited our year 8 parents and carers to our very first consultation evening in our new permanent building since opening last September;It was brilliant to see parents enjoy seeing where their child is educated each day.  In the final week of term (on Wednesday 30th March), we will invite our year 7 parents and carers to their first consultation evening.

Our year 9 Options event is being held on Wednesday 16th March. This is an integral event to help pupils make informed decisions about the subjects they would like to study at GCSE.  Subjects will be on hand to talk to parents and carers about their curriculum.

Over the past few weeks we have been assessing year 10 applications to become prefects. We are currently interviewing candidates and will shortly be able to announce who has been successful. It has been an honour to read through the applications.

Expectations

As the weather starts to change, it is vital that we maintain our high standards and LAB values within Sancho College.  We felt it might be useful, therefore, to take this opportunity to remind parents and carers about our expectations relating to uniform to avoid any confusion.

As per the guidance available on our website, students are expected to wear the following:

  • Our navy blue blazer with academy crest;
  • Steel grey classic trouser or pleated skirt;
  • White button up shirt;
  • Leigh Academy Blackheath college or founders tie;
  • Plain navy or grey socks;
  • Black leather shoes with plain laces (coloured laces are not permitted);

Please also note that students can wear studded earrings, but the following is not permitted: excessive jewellery, brightly coloured hair, nail varnish, nail extensions, false eyelashes and thick make-up.

We do issue sanctions if students are not in the correct uniform, as we believe that students should develop habits of dressing smartly when it is appropriate to do so. This also shows respect for our school community. Please know that we do also issue merits where our standards are consistently met because we wish to encourage said habits.

Student government

In order to support the above, I am pleased to inform you that our student government has recently set up a uniform shop onsite, from which you may purchase second-hand clothing at a reduced price (via ParentPay). You may also wish to donate clothing to this cause. Said shop will be running at all onsite events for parents and carers this academic year. Indeed, during our recent year 8 parents’ and carers’ consultation evening, we raised almost £200, which will be donated to the British Red Cross to support the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Website

Finally, in response to our recent Parents’ and Carers’ survey, please note that we have made some changes to our website such that you can access detailed information regarding the contents of both our KS3 and KS4 curriculum more easily. Please do take the time to visit here for more information.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our parents and carers, for supporting the values of both Fawcett college and the wider academy. The overwhelming majority of our students arrive every day looking smart in their full uniform, ready and fully equipped to learn, with highly respectful attitudes. They are a joy to both teach and interact with.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J. Ritchie
Vice Principal – Sancho College