September 2019


Dear Parent/Carer,


Welcome back to what promises to be another exciting year in the development of our school. We have just been
celebrating another year of best ever examination results. Our GCSE results were excellent, improvements in all areas
mean that we are the best-performing non-faith/selective secondary school in Liverpool whilst our A level results
gave access to university for the overwhelming proportion of students who applied for such courses. We are very
proud of these results and the hard work by students and staff which made them happen.


Return to School
We return to school on Wednesday 4th September. Year 7 will need to be in the main Hall by 8.30 am. Parents are
welcome to stay and meet staff until 9am.
Years 8 to 10 will need to be at their Form Rooms by 12.55pm.
Year 11 will need to be at the Hall by 12.55pm for an assembly
Staff will be on the gates to meet parents and students. Your daughter will spend the afternoon in Form and
assemblies. Normal lessons will start on Thursday 5th September.


Staffing Changes
We are delighted to welcome the following new staff to Holly Lodge from September;


Miss P Atherton – Teacher of Humanities (Geography)
Miss S Dowling – Teacher of DT (Food)
Miss S Hinton – Teacher of Maths
Mr W Khan – Teacher of Health and Social Care
Mrs C Pedder – Teacher of Maths
Miss L Reardon – Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral)
Mrs S Sung – Teacher of Science
Miss S Williams – Teacher of Art
Miss C Wilson – Teacher of English
Miss C Connor – Head of Year 8

In addition, we have made a number of internal appointments as follows;


Mrs E Connor (Literacy Lead)
Miss M Murphy (Senior Pastoral Leader and Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs E Forbes – Teacher of Science


Free School Meals
If you believe you may be entitled to Free School Meals, we would urge you to make a claim and use your entitlement
even if you daughter does not want to take advantage of the free meal, as her registration means that we can access
additional funding for school and support your daughter’s learning.


Mill Lane Car Park will not be accessible at the end of each day. In common with most secondary schools in Liverpool,
we now have a barrier installed at the entrance to the Mill Lane car Park. Entry will be controlled at this point and only
visitors who have business in school will be able to enter. If you park locally to collect your daughter, please be
considerate of our neighbours, park safely with your engine off and do not park across driveways. Parents will still be
able to drop students off at the start of the day as the barrier will be lowered at 8.45am each day.


Please note that earrings (even studs) are not a part of our school uniform. If your daughter has freshly-pierced ears
she will be asked to cover them with plasters. All other students will be asked to remove any earrings or studs. Please
also note that girls will require a plain black weatherproof outdoor coat for the winter months. It also part of our
uniform that all shoulder length or long hair should be tied back and be of natural colour.


Mobile Devices
Please note that we have changed our rules on mobile devices in school. They are only allowed to be used by students
during the first 20 minutes of break and the first 40 minutes of lunch. Any mobile phones seen outside these times or
in a learning building at any time will be confiscated by staff and parents will be required to come and collect them.
I would like to thank all parents for their support in implementing our various uniform, attendance, parking and mobile
device policies, all of which contribute to having an ordered, safe and successful environment for all students and staff.
With best wishes for another happy and successful year,


Yours sincerely,

Mr A Keen

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