Limehurst Newsletter Autumn 2019

Science KS4 News PE Assessment ADT Staffing Community Room 10 Information Communication Term dates Dates for your diary LIMEHURST NEWS Achievement in a Caring Environment AUTUMN 2019 Dear Parents/Carers Welcome to our end-of-term newsletter, where you can read about the many exciting things that have been taking place at Limehurst this term. It’s certainly beginning to feel very festive. Our wonderful Christmas concert last week is being followed by the school canteen’s Christmas meal on Wednesday this week, and then we’ll be having our whole-school assembly on Thursday – singing voices at the ready! This newsletter provides my first opportunity to draw your attention to our students’ fantastic GCSE results last summer. Their results meant that, for the second year in a row, Limehurst was ranked in the top 4% of all schools nationally! We retained our position (for the third consecutiveyear) as thehighest achieving school inCharnwood, and theDepartment for Educationhas classified our achievements as being well above average, which is its highest classification. I believe this to be a wonderful achievement for our school, and is a hugely merited reward for all of the hard work that we do on a daily basis. You can learn more about our exam results by going to and selecting School Information and then Performance. This achievement is all the more remarkable given the chronic state of school funding in Leicestershire. We have had to make many cuts over the last few years, which is so disappointing as ultimately the students miss out. Did you know that schools in different authorities are funded differently? Schools in Leicester receive £600 per student more than us; in Nottingham the figure is nearer £1,000. Imagine, given our already brilliant results, what we could do for your children with an extra £360,000 - £600,000. Now the election is over, I’ll be sure to ask our new MP why Loughborough children are less deserving of proper funding than children in our neighbouring authorities. At the time of writing, despite the copious amounts of rain, the weather has been relatively kind to us so far this winter. However, please do read the Bad Weather Procedures article later in this newsletter. It details how you can stay completely up-to-date with all school communications! Finally, a reminder that we finish at 1.15pm on Friday 20th December. I wish all staff, students and their families a peaceful and relaxing holiday, and I look forward to seeing you on the first day of term, Tuesday 7th January. Yours sincerely Jonathan Mellor Headteacher