End of Term - Easter 2018

23rd March 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Bridlington School breaks up for Easter at 2.45 p.m. on Friday 23rd March and re-opens at 8.25 a.m. on Monday 9th April. Students should go straight to their form tutor period 1. We do not have a training day on Monday. I thank you in advance for your ongoing support with the usual start of term ‘clamp down’ on uniform we will be having for students in Years 7 to 11.


In order to ensure the safety of our students at the start and end of the school day, I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to use the ‘pull in’ on Bessingby Road to drop off or collect your child by car rather than actually driving into school.


I’m delighted to announce that Bridlington School has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2017 based on data from the Department of Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network). Bridlington School was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving an award for being in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress. It is a fantastic achievement that Bridlington School has won this award now for the fifth consecutive year. Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:


 “I am delighted that Bridlington School has won an Educational Outcomes Award. This recognises an important aspect of the schools’ work, but, as we know, there is much more to recognise in a good school like Bridlington School. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to pupils, parents, staff and governors.”


We have also received recognition of Outstanding Progress in our 2017 A Level performance where we achieved an ALPS score of 3, this puts our performance in the top 25% of schools in the UK. What a fantastic achievement for our 6th form students, a result well worth celebrating.


Keep up the good work!                             


These fantastic results give your children the best life chances and enable them to compete not only locally but nationally. It is only possible to achieve such outcomes by ensuring your child attends school regularly.


Evidence shows that there is a clear link between poor attendance and poor academic achievement. 73% of students who have over 95% attendance achieve 5 or more good GCSE qualifications, the benchmark they need to achieve in the competitive world they go out into.  East Riding Local Authority Education Welfare Services is therefore changing the way in which it operates to ensure maximum attendance at school.  You need to be aware of the following information from the Local Authority: -

  • You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one days absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).
  • An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Head teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parents.
  • Parents must complete a request for absence from school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to the school, allowing for sufficient time to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision.
  • Where parents do not follow the school’s procedures of submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.
  • If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.


If you are at all concerned about your child’s attendance, please contact their Head of Year who will be happy to help.


Thank you for your ongoing support that has helped us to achieve such successes, your commitment and help as parents/carers have played a massive part in these achievements. We look forward to welcoming our students back at 8.25 a.m. on Monday 9th April into tutor time.


Have a lovely Easter holiday


Yours sincerely,


Mrs K Parker-Randall


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