St John Plessington Catholic College

27-May-22 Letter from the Headteacher

Dear Families

This has been a very busy term in which our students and teachers have been working very hard preparing for and taking GCSE and A Level examinations. We have been very proud of them and their commitment to their studies. Please keep them in your prayers.

As we approach the final half term of this academic year, I would like to draw your attention to a number of important points:

Next term, as the external examinations continue, students in Years 10 and 12 will be taking trial examinations in formal conditions. With wellbeing in mind, we will be building up students’ confidence and resilience and ‘training’ them in good exam and study routines. Each student will have an exam timetable with time for study skills, revision and exam preparation built in so that they are able to perform at their best and we can provide them with diagnostic feedback on what they need to do to improve. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will also be completing formal assessments in class and I will inform you of the dates in due course.

Every week, we celebrate ‘Hot Chocolate Friday’ with two pupils from each year group. This is a time when we recognise those students who have gone over and above in their attitude to learning, making a positive contribution and difference to the school community and always being ready, respectful and safe. We come together to share a hot chocolate (and other treats) and recognise students. Please look out for the photos on the college Twitter account.

Thank you for ensuring that uniform and appearance standards are maintained. Please note that full school uniform including school shoes is expected at all times as well as travelling to and from school. Make up is not permitted in years 7 to 11, this includes nail varnish, false eyelashes and false tan. Students wearing facial piercings/false eyelashes/jewellery will be asked to remove them. Please note, if a student persists in wearing these items, I will ask you to come to school or send your child home to remove them. Can I also ask for your cooperation in ensuring that your children do not bring energy / fizzy drinks into school. If your child has one of these drinks, they will be confiscated.

Finally, I would like to say a huge farewell and thank you to two long standing members of SJP staff; Jenny Lloyd, aka ‘Dolly’ who will be leaving us after 36 years of service to SJP. During this time, Dolly has been a midday supervisor, teaching assistant and lead first aider. We also say goodbye and farewell to Sue May who has served SJP for 15 years as a teaching assistant in maths and SEND. They will be missed by everyone here at SJP and we wish them well as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.

Best wishes for an enjoyable half term.


Ms Maria Sharratt