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14th November 2023

Dear families,

I would like to offer my continued thanks for your support over the past months. We have all students in the building for face to face teaching and with over 12,600 achievement points awarded last half term, the hard work and effort demonstrated by our students has been outstanding. This level of commitment was further demonstrated at the Prize Giving Evening before the half term break where I was proud to see so many recognised for their outstanding achievements. I would particularly like to congratulate the following students awarded for going above and beyond expectations in each year group:

Well done to all of those awarded and for the example set to all of us. 

Anti-Bullying Week 2022

National anti-bullying week started on Monday 13th November and we are delivering a range of pastoral input through assemblies and tutor time regarding this important subject. As a school, we are committed to ensuring that every member of our community understands what bullying is, and each of our responsibilities in creating a school culture, which is respectful, considerate and supportive. 

We are completely certain that we will always act on concerns and issues, and take all necessary steps. We have a strong track record in resolving issues, and ideally like to know about concerns as early as possible, so if students or parents do have any concerns whatsoever please do contact the relevant Head of Year.

I am aware that many parents also like to support the school’s input on pastoral content, as one of the key features of an anti-bullying culture is one in which every single member of the school community is clear on what they can do to eradicate bullying. There is a full pack of information, specifically for parents and carers that can be downloaded HERE.

School uniform

As we are in the Autumn term and the weather has started to get colder, I would like to emphasise the importance of correct uniform, in particular regarding outdoor jackets and lanyards. The school rules are as follows: 

I would be grateful for your support in upholding the school’s policies. For more full details of the school’s uniform policy, please visit the website HERE

Enrichment activities

The importance of activities beyond academic work is well established. They help students to learn about themselves, to use their skills and knowledge in different contexts and to develop as well-rounded individuals. It is important to recognise that employers and universities frequently give preference to those who can demonstrate that they have acquired the key employability skills that participation in enrichment activities develop. Consequently, showing that you have regularly taken part in enrichment activities can give you an edge over others.

The sessions offered at Stepney All Saints provide students with opportunities that they would not encounter in their normal day-to-day experience in school and it is our expectation that all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 take part in enrichment activities for all of the reasons outlined. We are monitoring attendance and this will be reflected in students’ reports. We want our students to excel in all aspects of their school life and attendance at enrichment activities is a key element. 

An updated list of afterschool and lunchtime clubs is available to view HERE. Please note that this half term new additions include skateboarding sessions and fencing.

Attendance – reminder

Our school has high levels of attendance and this is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life.  Children who frequently miss school fall behind and there is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results. In order to maintain high levels of attendance, if your child presents themselves to you as ‘unwell’ please send them to school regardless. At school our medical needs coordinator will be able to assess students. We will, of course, contact you if your child continues to feel unwell and cannot stay for the full day. Please note that colds, coughs, runny noses and sore throats are common and do not require that children stay home from school. A mask may be worn if so wished. 

Admissions consultation (2025-26)

In line with statutory regulations around school admissions, in a fixed period we consult all stakeholders on the way in which young people gain a place at Stepney All Saints School. For entry in the academic year 2025-26 our admissions policy can be found HERE as well as details on how to share any views.

Key Events for this Academic Year

There are a number of important dates in the calendar including the Year 11 mock examinations which began on Monday 6th November. Key dates are as follows:

The full set of term dates for the academic year are available on our website HERE .

I will write again in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please check our website and social media feeds @StepneyAS for updates on what is taking place at our school.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Woods, Headteacher