St John Plessington Catholic College

3-Mar-22 Letter from the Headteacher

Dear Families

As promised in my letter on Monday, I write further to remind you of standards and expectations at SJP and to ask you for your support in maintaining those standards.

Uniform and Appearance

At SJP, our school uniform plays a key role in promoting pride, self-confidence, a feeling of belonging within the student body and can remove barriers to learning for students. These factors contribute to students' wellbeing, removing the additional pressures for students and parents of deciding what to wear and added stress of meeting the expectations of their peers. We believe that our uniform expectations are clear and straightforward and our policy clearly outlines expectations on footwear, which must be plain black shoes of polishable material and with no sports logos. A reminder of our uniform list and PE kit list can be found here. Our uniform policy also clearly states that there should be no false nails, no false eyelashes, nose rings or earrings. Unfortunately, a number of children have returned to school after the February half term wearing false eyelashes and false tan. Where this is the case, children will be asked to remove them and I would ask you to not allow your children to get false eyelashes/nails/tan/piercings during the school terms Thank you for your support in ensuring that our high standards of uniform and appearance are maintained and allow us to remove barriers to learning.


Students arriving late to school and to lessons can be disruptive to the learning of others and can result in significantly lost learning.

As you are aware, should a student arrive late to school, you are informed and they are expected to make the time up at the end of the day. Likewise, if a student is late for a lesson, they will be expected to stay behind at the end of the school day to make the time up with their teacher. To keep parents informed, you will receive a text message to let you know that your child has been late and that they will be staying behind to make the time up.

Mobile Phones

As per our school safeguarding policy, mobile phones should not be used on school sites. Please remind your child that mobile phones should not be used on the school site. As per our policy mobile phones will be confiscated and will need to be collected from reception by a parent / guardian. Please support us in reducing young people’s reliance on mobile phones and the negative impact and influence of social media.


As you know we have launched our new school MIS system called Arbor. This has replaced SIMS and ClassCharts. By downloading the ARBOR app, you are able to log into Arbor to track your child’s attendance, behaviour and curriculum data.

Ready Respectful Safe - Behaviour

Our behaviour policy, with an emphasis on recognising and celebrating positive behaviour, is encapsulated in the three words - Ready Respectful Safe - which we use as our reference points for celebrating the positive behaviours and in guiding our students to self-regulate when behaviour has fallen short of expectations

I would ask you to please use the Arbor App to both celebrate positive recognition of your child and to challenge poor choices that some may make. Poor behaviour not only disrupts your own child's learning but also that of others in their class and will not be tolerated.

Travelling to and from school

A reminder that students travelling to and from school represent the school and should act accordingly. While we have received some amazing emails from members of the public about the help provided by some of our students, unfortunately, there are a small number who have let themselves down, especially when using public transport. Again, please can you share your expectations and support ours regarding behaviour and conduct when using public transport when travelling to and from school.

Next week, after more than two years of restrictions, we are really looking forward to welcoming children from some of our local primary schools to SJP to watch and participate in the dress rehearsal of our school production of Little Shop of Horrors - the cast and staff are busy rehearsing 7 days a week! Tickets are available to purchase in school for the performances on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March at 7pm - please be quick as they are selling out fast!

Many thanks for your continued support, it is greatly appreciated and never taken for granted.

Yours sincerely

Ms Maria Sharratt