Year 10 Parents - Introduction to Year 11, Including Uniform Changes and Use of Mobile Phones
19 Jun 2019
Your child has nearly completed their first year at Ashby School and I hope they have enjoyed their time here and taken advantage of the many different opportunities available to them. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about some important changes we are making in school; these changes are intended to improve the school experience for everyone and we would welcome your support in ensuring students follow the guidelines below.
We have allowed mobile phones to be used in school to support learning as, in some occasions, they can serve as an effective aid. However, it is clear that phones have become a real distraction for young people and are causing issues that is affecting learning.
From Monday 24 June, mobile phones will not be allowed in registration or lessons. All phones must be turned off and kept in students’ bags. If phones are visible in pockets, students will be warned to put them away but, if phones are removed to use or look at, they will be confiscated. Confiscated phones will be locked in a safe until the end of the day when they can be collected by parents until 5.00pm. They will not be returned to the student. We do recognise that students at Ashby are older which is why we will continue to allow them to use phones at break and lunch, but no longer in classrooms.
To support students with recording information and homework, we will be providing all students with a high quality bound planner on their first day next year. They will use this to record any homework or coursework they receive. We would like you to monitor this on a weekly basis. If you are concerned at all regarding the amount of homework your child is getting, please contact their tutor.
All students need some essential equipment for school. This includes a bag, pens, pencils, ruler and calculator. Please ensure your child brings these every day to school, if they need any equipment they can purchase it from our school shop.
From August 2019 aerosols will not be allowed in school due to health and safety issues.
We have operated vertical, mixed year tutor groups for the past 18 years but feel the time is right to return to horizontal tutor groups. From 1 July, this means your child will be in a form with students from the same year group. We have placed them with the students they are currently with to minimise disruption. This move will allow us to focus information and materials specifically to the year group rather than trying to deliver four different messages.
I would like to remind you that registration starts at 8.45am and students need to be in classrooms at this time.
We are changing our timetable structure next year. This will enable us to accommodate curriculum changes and to ensure a much better distribution of lessons across the two week timetable, and across morning and afternoon sessions. As a result, there will be some class changes in English, Maths, Science and Design and Technology. You will be given more details on this in a separate letter.
As you are aware, we have had a full uniform consultation in the spring term and are moving to a more formal uniform. I would like to clarify the position for your child as they are in a transition year.
Year 11 students will continue to wear the polo shirt and sweatshirt/jumper as they currently do. There is no requirement for them to have the jacket, shirt and tie.
If the girls wish to wear a skirt it must be one that has been purchased from our two suppliers and must be the Trutex Castle Tartan pleat skirt (grey) or Trutex twin kick pleat skirt (black). The skirts currently worn by students will not be acceptable and are not considered appropriate for school use. Tights may be plain black, grey or natural.
Trousers must be black in a tailored style and be polyester. They must not be skin tight or jeans or jean or chino style. We strongly recommend David Luke eco trousers (slim or sturdy fit) that are available from our suppliers.
Shoes must be a black formal style and able to be polished. Shoes that resemble trainers or are in a trainer style are not permitted.
Hoodies are not allowed in school at all.
Please refer to our website for detailed information or if you want any clarification contact Mr Rees who is the Head of Year by email at
Please do not be swayed by your child saying everyone else is wearing different skirts etc., they will not be and failure to return to school in August in full correct uniform will mean that your child will be isolated or you will be asked to bring correct uniform into school for your child to change into.
I hope you have a wonderful summer holiday and your child returns in August fully refreshed and enthusiastic for the challenges of Year 11.
Mr G Staniforth