We have now been back for two weeks and despite the obvious restrictions placed upon us, it has been an extremely successful start to the term. I would like to remind you of some key expectations for students regarding uniform and conduct around the school site and to emphasise that these will be enforced without excuse as from Monday 21st September.
- The only sweatshirt that students may wear to school is the black logoed Prospect sweatshirt. All other sweatshirts and hoodies will be confiscated from students at the entrance gate.
- Students must wear black tailored trousers or skirts of a reasonable length. Students who are wearing jean-style trousers, leggings, or unacceptably short skirts will not be able attend lessons.
- School shoes must be plain black and flat. They must be leather or leather like (polishable). Boots, canvas shoes, toeless or backless shoes are not permitted.
- On days that students are wearing PE kit, they are permitted to wear tracksuit or jogging bottoms; these must be plain black. They may wear a plain black sweatshirt over their PE shirts.
- With the exception of a single stud in each earlobe, all piercings must be removed. Students may additionally wear a wristwatch.
- Make up must be discreet; false nails must be removed and only clear nail varnish will be permitted.
Please note that school photographs will be taken on Wednesday 23rd September and all students in Years 7 and 9 should wear full school uniform, regardless of whether they have PE or not.
Conduct around school
- All students must have their lanyard around their necks at all times. Damaged or lost lanyards must be purchased via ParentPay; students will not be allowed on site without their lanyard.
- Students must also have a face mask, which must be worn on all corridors and staircases. We would encourage students to wear plain, washable face masks; although we have a limited supply of reusable face masks, this is extremely wasteful both financially and environmentally.
- Students may use mobile phones at breaktimes only and, if necessary, to check their timetables only. At all other times they must be kept out of sight and switched off. There may be occasions when class teachers allow the use of phones in lessons e.g. to photograph work/for research but this is only with the permission of the teacher.
- Headphones/earpods must not be used outside of breaktimes and must be kept out of sight.
- If your child, or any member of your household has symptoms of, or tests positive for COVID-19, they must not attend school until either 14 days’ of isolation has been completed, or a negative test result obtained.
- In all other circumstances, I must emphasise the importance of daily attendance at school. Having missed some four months of school, it is crucial that students do not miss any more school. I understand that that there is a need for caution, but in the vast majority of cases, a mild cold should not prevent full attendance at school.
- For students who are unable to attend school due to COVID-19, remote learning is provided through MS Teams and, unless they are actually unwell, we expect them to be engaging with and completing all work that has been set.
I appreciate that this might seem a long list, but all this information was conveyed to parents/carers prior to the return of students in September. I am delighted that the vast majority of our students have followed these expectations precisely, but I feel it is important that there is no ambiguity and all parents/carers and students are absolutely clear about our expectations. I am, of course, more than happy to discuss any aspect of this letter with parents/carers should you so wish.
Finally, it is always important to me that we celebrate the successes and achievements of our students. I am therefore delighted to share with you our first edition of #PrideinProspect of this new academic year, which you can read here
Mr D Littlemore