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Welcome Back to PCSA!

All of us at PCSA extend a sincere WELCOME to all of our students and families.  The 2017-18 academic year begins with the return to school of 1256 students and offers the promise of another successful learning endeavour for our whole school community. Our community vision is well defined and firmly in place and provides the clear direction and focus for our actions this year. Learning, consideration and outstanding behaviour does not stop at 2:55. It goes beyond it with our exciting Period 6 activities and outside the school gates showing respect and care in the community. I look forward to our students, parents, Academy Council and staff working together in achieving this vision. I challenge all our students to do at least one Period 6 activity a week this year. Get involved!

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On your return to school this year you will see a number of changes to the site that were accomplished over the summer. The Spencer Science Centre is now open to students and is a breath-taking, teaching facility second to none. We have also carried several technology updates, replaced flooring and painted the school just about everywhere! A variety of additional projects were completed this summer, not necessarily visible, all aimed at improving the daily teaching and learning experience for our students and improving the overall experience for families visiting PCSA. PCSA is a vibrant exciting school that never stops evolving!

So much happens at PCSA to continually improve the quality of the teaching and learning in our school. At PCSA we have developed some really great learning habits, like managing mobile phones in lessons with the phone boxes. Habits are important to us as they become routines. It is important that we develop these positive habits so that there is more time for learning. This year we have invested in pencil cases for all students. They have the minimum, essential equipment needed for every lesson and a copy of their personal timetable. The expectation will be students carry these around in their hands as they go from lesson to lesson so they are visible. They do not put them in their bags. In the first few weeks all staff will challenge students every lesson to encourage this.  We aim to start learning in each lesson on the buzzer!

Another great and essential habit is that of reading every day. Please do encourage this at home. It is a great way to improve outcomes and as I say every year in assemblies one of the best things you can do is lose yourself in a book. After the success of last year, we will again be investing in the ‘Big Read” this year, where ALL students and ALL staff are given a copy of a novel to read and it is celebrated for a whole week in school. More news on that to follow.

School uniform is important to us at PCSA. Wearing a uniform is a badge of pride, creates an identity for a school and is an important part of being a school student. I believe uniforms show that you are part of PCSA. Wearing it says “we’re all in this together”. Also, if you wear your uniform with pride, it means you are half way there to being respectful, buying into what the organisation is all about. Uniforms give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in the community. If you have any queries regarding uniform please do contact your child’s tutor or Head of Year.

Social media and our website is our friend and a key part of school life. Please do take the time to look at our website. There are regular updates and You Tubes throughout the year informing you of events and news. We love to get your positive stories and feedback via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook. There is nothing better than celebrating the successes of our young people and their school. If you do have any issues I ask you to e-mail/phone me or the school directly us so we can deal with any issues as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support with this.

I hope you are as excited about returning to school as I am.  We celebrate another year of outstanding results and send warmest wishes to our leavers as they start a new part of their learning chapter. To our newest students, Year 7 2017, I offer you my warmest welcome to this school year.  We have a wonderful journey of teaching and learning to walk together. Let’s do so together and be proud of Priory.

Very best wishes,
Jane McBride.