Whole School

Changes in School

19th December 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

As I am sure you will be aware, Scissett Middle School is part of the Mast Academy Trust. The trust was set up by four good and outstanding schools within our Pyramid under the principles of collaboration and partnership. We share values which place children and young people at the centre of education to ensure they grow into rounded, resilient and responsible individuals. Since the establishment of the trust, Debra Knowles, Headteacher at Shelley First School, has acted as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The fixed period of her contract has now concluded and she will return full time to her role as Headteacher at Shelley First School.

I am pleased to say that from January 2019, Natasha Greenough will take up the part-time post as CEO for the trust. In order to ensure continuing strong leadership in school, Mrs Ann Large will take up the post of Head of School to assist Mrs Greenough who will remain as Headteacher. Mrs Large has been a long standing Deputy Headteacher at Scissett Middle School and is a very experienced leader. Mrs Large and Mrs Greenough will continue to work collaboratively to ensure the highest standards of education for all pupils at Scissett Middle School and are well supported by a team of strong senior and middle leaders in school.

The trust brings significant value to the school and its continued development brings great benefit to the pupils and families at Scissett Middle School. We have seen the development of Maths Mastery teaching which has benefitted schools across our Pyramid; experienced greater cost efficiencies and shared services and expertise across schools which allows head teachers and leaders in schools to focus on pupils. As the trust moves into its next phase of development, under Mrs Greenough’s leadership, we expect to see the Trust make an even greater impact on the education and wellbeing of the pupils at Scissett Middle School.

As a Governing Body, we are very grateful for the continued support of our parents and carers and it is this collaborative partnership which allows Scissett Middle School to continue to thrive and develop.

May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas from the Governing Body.

Yours sincerely

Ruth Potter
Chair of Governors

Thank You and Future Fundraising Letter

16th November 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been overwhelmed by messages of support from our community, and beyond, following the break in and subsequent theft of the Apple Mac computers from Music. I think it is particularly poignant as these were funded by a sponsored event which took place in 2015 and were consequently paid for by the money raised by our pupils and parents.

Since the break in, we have received a number of offers of help and have considered a number of suggestions and ideas. Although school has insurance to cover incidents such as this there will be a shortfall, therefore later in the academic year, or early next academic year, we may have another ‘Tech Trek’ to raise funds for IT equipment for pupil use. However, the weather is not currently conducive to this in November. Consequently, as it is close to Christmas, we intend to have a raffle.

If parents, carers or members of the community and local businesses are able to offer prizes we would be very grateful. These could be physical items, vouchers or “promises” for example car washing, ironing, gardening, trip to the tip! We hope to be able to collect items/” promises” over the next two weeks, we will then sell raffle tickets in the last 3 weeks of term, with a view to drawing the raffle before we break up for Christmas. All funds raised will be spent directly on replacing the equipment and any additional monies will be used to provide more ICT equipment for pupils to use and to support creative projects.

Any offers of help, would be gratefully received. Items can be sent in and given to the school office.

Raffle tickets will be on sale from Monday December 3rd until Friday 14th December. Pupils will bring a number of tickets home with them, should you require more please let us know.

May I once again thank everyone who has already made offers of help. Situations like this are never easy to deal with, but the response we have had, highlights what a fantastic community we live in.

Your sincerely

Mrs Greenough

Book Fair

6th November 2018

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to inform you that Scholastic Books will be holding a Book Fair in school from 12th to 16h November. Every pupil in the school will have an opportunity to visit the fair and buy a book, or just browse and see what wonderful books are on offer. There will be over 200 titles to look at; fantasy, thrillers, non-fiction, comedy and lots more. With books starting at £2.99 there’s sure to be a book for everyone to enjoy.

Books should be ordered on the day and will be delivered to the school the following week. These must be paid for at the time of ordering using cheques made out to Scissett Middle School, cash or Book Fair Gift Vouchers. Book Fair Gift Vouchers are the simple, secure way to ensure your child gets the books they want when the Book Fair arrives and are perfect if you can’t make it to the Book Fair. Even better, you’ll save 20% when you buy online meaning a £12 voucher costs only £10, a £6 voucher costs only £5 and so on. The Book Fair Gift Vouchers can be purchased from Scholastic.co.uk.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely


Mrs S Jessop
Learning Resource Centre Manager

Y7 & Y8 Bedrock Learning

27th September 2018

Dear Parents

We are relaunching the use of Bedrock as weekly homework tasks at the school, as the company has improved its technology and support mechanism, meaning that using Bedrock should be a much smoother experience than previously.

You might recall that Bedrock is a website enabling children to learn important academic vocabulary. We firmly believe that children with wide vocabularies make excellent progress at school and in further education.

As your child progresses through the Bedrock curriculum, they will study hundreds of words, whilst regularly reading fiction and non-fiction texts. You will be able see the vocabulary your child is learning, which we encourage you to use in conversation at home. As each post-test is completed, data will appear in the dashboard. You can head over to the site and create your own account now, if you do not already have one.

Step 1: Visit https://portal.bedrocklearning.org/parent-signup/
Step 2: Enter the codes provided to you by the school and create an account.
Step 3: Check your email for your password, and then log in. Be sure to check your junk folder if no email arrives.

If you do experience any technical issues with the Bedrock programme, there is a large ‘support’ button on the right hand side of the screen at all times when in use, which can be pressed; when activated, somebody from Bedrock will get in contact with you within a short time period, in order to provide help. Additionally, a representative of Bedrock is able to access any device using Bedrock remotely, if necessary, to check why issues might have occurred and will assist where possible. Finally, if for any reason you and your child are unable to access Bedrock from home, we now have twice weekly homework clubs (during lunchtimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays) running in the English department, during which students can borrow Kindles to complete Bedrock homework tasks.

We will be closely monitoring the impact and effectiveness of Bedrock at the school over the next few months, but feel optimistic about its success. If you do have any comments or queries, please feel free to contact me at the school, via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Yours faithfully,

Emily Cronin
Head of English