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May 2016 newsletter

6 May 2016

Dear Parents

As we move forward into the summer term, it is important to keep pupils and parents up to date with Courtyard developments and ensure that you have key dates in your diary. This year is our first as a school with a full cohort of pupils and it has gone incredibly quickly. As a school we have set high standards of the students with regards to their academic performance and the social development and I’m pleased to say the students have progressed amazingly.

Exam/Assessment preparation

As you may be aware, the Summer term is exam/assessment season and all of our pupils will be sitting one or more assessments between now and the end of the term. The qualifications and the structure of the assessments vary, paper GCSE’s, practical Home Cooking and Art, online ICT, maths and English, etc. Ms Norman and I are currently putting together the assessment timetables for this term. We will send these to you next week. We will also include any information or tips which you can use to support your child with their revision/preparation. On behalf of myself and my staff, I would like to wish all of our pupils the very best during this time. We will be doing everything we can to limit the stress and anxiety which they may experience.

Update on the permanent site developments

I’m sure you are wondering about when the school will be moving to its permanent site in St Mary Magdalene church gardens on Holloway Road. I’m sure, like me, you are becoming increasingly perplexed as to why this move has not happened already. The current standing is that the builders need special permission from the London Diocese to dig a trench through the churchyard in order to supply the site with gas, electricity and water. My understanding is that this permission has been granted but now a new license for commensing the work needs to be agreed by UK Power Networks.. This license request has been submitted. We are waiting for a response. I will continue to update you with news as I have it.

Activities week: 18-22 July

As I am sure you are aware, the students will participating in an Activities Week during the final week of the Academic year, from Monday 18 July to Friday 22 July. I have decided that the Courtyard pupils will remain together as a group for that week and participate in a number of exciting activities in and around London. The activities are as follows:

• Monday – Museums of London
• Tuesday - London Zoo
• Wednesday – Richmond Park
• Thursday - Oxygen Free Jumping
• Friday – Half Day – Paradise Park and Movies

The cost of Activities Week will be £20. This will cover all travel and entry into the different activities. The pupils will also be treated to ice creams and movie refreshments. A consent letter will be sent out next week providing more details.

Half term and an INSET Day

Please note that the Summer half term is from Monday 30 May 2016 – Friday 3 June 2016. There is also an INSET day on Monday 6 June 2016. Therefore pupils will be required to return to school on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 8:30am as usual.

Kind regards

Deborah Shepherd




Photo of pupils and staff at The Courtyard on a snowy World Book Day

World Book Day The Courtyard turns into a colourful literary festival as students and teachers dress up as their favourite fictional characters in honour of World Book Day