Parents and Carers

We aim to offer the best possible education to young people, not only through the taught curriculum but also through the positive and supportive atmosphere of the school.

Here at St Paul's, we aim to ensure that the needs of all students are catered for. We pride ourselves on the safe and inclusive environment that we provide for our students. Please see the quote below from our most recent Ofsted iinspection 2017:

'The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. Your inclusive approach and attention to pupils’ welfare run through all aspects of the school. With support from the senior leadership team, you have ensured that the school continues to be a positive learning environment where pupils are well cared for. Governors provide you with thoughtful challenge and support. They are ambitious for all pupils to succeed.'

ParentPay

St Paul’s Academy has been a cashless school since January 2015, which means that parents top-up students Swipe Cards online using the ParentPay website. Students then use their swipe cards at school to pay for meals. When your child starts at St Paul’s, you will be provided with unique details to log in to the ParentPay website.

If for any reason you forget your log in information or misplace the letter sent to you with these unique details, please contact Justine Fabian by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Use of Student Planners

Here at St Paul's every student is issued with a planner at the start of Year 7. The planner is similar to a journal or diary and students use this to jot down notes that are pertinent to them. 

The planner is also the main form of communication between school and home. Parents/Carers are able to write a note to the form tutor or class teacher if needed.

Below are some tips for ensuring that all students use the planners effectively:

  • You must have your planner on you at all times
  • You must place your planner on the desk at the start of your lessons (this will be different for practical lessons)
  • You must have your planner signed every week by your parent/carer
  • If you lose your planner, you will need to purchase a new one. This will cost £5.
  • You must fill in the contact section at the front of the planner
  • Your parents/carers must sign the Home School Agreement and Network Policy on page .... of the planner
  • You should never deface your planner. Please keep it in the best condition possible.

 

School Uniform

 

The uniform shop is located at the school and it is opened during term time. Please see opening times below.

Wednesdays: 9:15 am – 12:15pm

Thursdays: 9:15am – 12:15pm
 

View our online shop.

 

Should you wish to order by e-mail or telephone, please contact us on the details provided below. Your order will be processed and ready for collection three days from the date your order was received.

Payment for school uniform can only be made by cheque, cash or credit/debit card. View price list.

Uniform shop number: 020 8311 3868 ext.154

E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Letters sent home

This section will provide you with letters from the Principal, information about school trips, enrichment activities, school news and events that can be downloaded and printed if necessary.

Whole School      Letter to parents      14th September 2017
Whole School   Principal's Retirement   29th June 2017
Whole School   Letter to parents    19th June 2017
         

 

Internet Safety

E Safety or electronic safety refers to the knowledge of the dangers that the Internet poses and the ability to prevent these dangers by taking action.

Here at St Paul’s we encourage our students to take the necessary steps to remain safe while using the Internet. Many students use Social Media sites to connect and communicate with friends regularly.

Ways in which students can ensure that they are safe online are listed below:

  • Don’t post any personal information online such as your address or mobile number
  • Keep your privacy settings high so that only your friends can see your profile
  • Never give out your passwords to anyone
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve only met online
  • Respect other people’s opinions, don’t post offensive comments or bully anyone online
  • Always tell an adult if you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried about something you’ve experienced online
  • Click the ‘Report Abuse’ button to highlight abuse you might have encountered while on the Internet 

 

  

Students will have lessons on E Safety as well as Assemblies and workshops conducted by staff at St Paul’s and external agencies.

At St Paul’s Academy we have a very robust filtering system known as ESafe. This software is able to detect when a student has typed something inappropriate whilst using the computers at school. A weekly report is generated and staff are alerted to any suspicious or inappropriate online activity by students. In addition to detecting such activity, ESafe also blocks unsuitable sites to ensure that students are safe online. Parents and Carers are shown a presentation on Induction Evening for the Year 7 cohort and this presentation highlights how teenagers interact with technology and tips on how to assist them in staying safe online. We encourage parents/carers to talk to their children about their Internet activity and also to ensure that they are using Social Media appropriately.

Please click on the logos below to explore useful websites for more tips on Internet Safety. 

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Examinations Information inc. grading system

Students taking GCSEs in England this summer will receive a mixture of number and letter grades. English language, English literature and maths are the first subjects to use the new system, with most other subjects adopting numbers by 2019. Eventually all GCSEs taken in England will receive numerical grades.

Why are GCSEs being reformed?

  • To provide a stronger foundation for further study and employment
  • To support students in developing the knowledge, skills and values they need for life in modern Britain
  • To match the standards of the best education systems in the world.

 

The video below from the Ofqual website will provide you with more information about the new examination grading system.

 

The Key Features of the Reformed GCSEs:

  • New grading 9-1 replaces the A*-G
  • No Higher or Foundation papers except for in Maths, MFL and Science
  • Completely linear so no modules, coursework, controlled assessments (except for 10% in Science practical work).
  • Practical assessments shown only in a few subjects where it’s absolutely necessary eg. Art & Design
  • Exams are terminal so only at the end of the course
  • Increased extended writing in exams

Click on the postcards below for more information.

 NEW GCSE GRADING   GCSE REFORMS   STUDENT COHORTS
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‘5 A*-C inc. English & Maths’ is being replaced by the following: 

  • English & Maths
  • Ebacc (English Baccalaureate): combination of subjects to be studied by a significant number of our students: English, Maths, at least 2 Sciences (including Computer Science), MFL and either History or Geography
  • From the Best 8 subjects: Attainment 8 score
  • From the Best 8 subjects: Progress 8 score

 

Click here to find out more about the EBacc qualification

Click here to find out more about Attainment 8 and Progress 8

How will I know how my child is doing at St Paul's?

  • 3 reports a year
  • Parents’ Consultative Evening
  • Phone calls, email, communiction via the student planner
  • Fine grading eg. 5a / 5b / 5c – not to be confused with the old levels!

 

Click here to see an example of a student's report