Weekly News Bulletin: 1 February 2016

Stranger Incident
The school has been made aware of a concern that some younger students (who were all together) may have been followed between the school and the co-op in Dunmow when walking home from school one evening this week.  No approach was made but the children felt uncomfortable.  Police have been made aware.

Please remind your children to keep safe and if they ever think they are being followed, to go to a populated area, shop or other public place and ring the police, or ask for the police to be rung, straight away.  Please do not delay reporting any such incident.
Miss Louise Brammer – Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator

Year 11 Half Term Revision Sessions
To assist Year 11 students in their studies, a number of staff are running revision sessions during the half term break (Monday 15th to Friday 19th February).  I would recommend as many students attend these sessions as possible, especially those who were not projected their target grade in their recent report.  A message has been emailed home with a copy of the timetable.  This is also available on the school website and I would be grateful if you could encourage your son/daughter to sign up with the relevant teachers.

The next set of mock exams is taking place the week before half term (8th-11th February) and the week after half term (22nd-26th February).  This is the final practice students will get and so the best picture of areas of weakness.  All students should be revising every night from this point onwards, using a revision timetable to organise their time, ensuring all subjects are covered, as well as relaxing time being factored in.
Thank you for your support.
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning Year 11

Girls Football Thursday Lunchtime
Open to Years 7 to 10.  All you need is a pair of training shoes.
For further information please email nhiscox@hrs.education
Miss N Hiscox – PE Department

Salamanca Trip
I would like to remind parents/carers that the next instalment for this trip is due by 31st January. A total of £475 should be paid by that date. The final instalment of £75 is due by the end of February.

Please also ensure that all documentation is returned as a matter of urgency. Without this, we cannot supply the airline with your child’s details and this may jeopardise his/her place on the trip.
Thank you.
Mrs V Newell – Teacher, KS5 Co-ordinator MFL

Parents’ Governors’ Forum – Tuesday 9th February 2016
The Governors hold a forum for parents each term.  This provides the opportunity to ask the Governors questions about how the school is run.

The next forum will be held on Tuesday 9th February at 5:30pm in the Learning Zone.

Please would you inform Mrs Penny Callingham (pcalllingham@hrs.education) of your intention to attend.
Mrs P Callingham – Clerk to the Governors

Local Careers Guidance and Apprenticeship Event – 24th February 2016
This event is intended for students in Year 9 upwards and parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

HRS has been invited along with other local schools to support an innovative and unique initiative to help our students to gain detailed information about careers and apprenticeship opportunities in a specific industry that operates at the local, regional and national level.

The vehicle repair industry is suffering from a severe skills shortage both locally and nationally, and a number of organisations have come together to create change on a significant scale.  This initiative is being led by the local charity, REAL – the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund – and AutoRaise, the only government-recognised apprenticeship standard in the vehicle repair industry.

This partnership has culminated in producing an Industry Showcase event to be held on Wednesday 24th February. It is being hosted by one of the largest vehicle repair groups, Rye Street Group, at their Bishop’s Stortford vehicle repair facility.  It will be possible to visit the Showcase between 5.00-6.30pm, or 6.30-8.00pm on this date.

HRS, along with other local schools, has decided to support the event as a key part of our strategy to provide information about the full spectrum of educational and career options available to our students.  Although in some ways the vehicle repair industry does not have a high profile, it offers a critical service to the UK’s driving population and offers a wide range of what can be very lucrative professions for those that excel.

Practical career paths available within the industry include: vehicle damage assessment; mechanical and trim stripping and fitting; panel beating; panel replacement, and vehicle preparation and painting.  In today’s automated industry, all of these require a high degree of skill which is developed through excellent training and apprenticeship pathways.  There are also numerous business and IT-related roles within a vehicle repair company, any one of which can offer an attractive career path.  Representatives from major national automotive companies will also be present, including BMW who will showcase their new i8 model.

We would therefore urge you to consider attending this event with your son/daughter (the industry is keen to recruit more women).  The event is clearly relevant for any student considering a career path in the automotive sector, but also for students interested in finding out about local apprenticeship opportunities and potential careers within a commercial environment.   More information can be found by visiting the AutoRaise website at www.autoraise.org  and then click on the ‘Events’ icon.

Students wanting to attend the Showcase are required to pre-register as a very high demand is expected and they want to ensure that all those attending gain the maximum possible benefit from the experience.  This can be done through the links above, or by contacting me at the email address/contact number below.

If you have any queries or questions, please contact Pamela Abbott (pabbott@hrs.education /direct phone no: 01371 878634) who will be pleased to assist.

E2V Apprenticeship Open Day – Friday 19th Feb 2.00pm – 6.00pm
E2V is a technology company based in Chelmsford working in many fields of engineering. They have an apprenticeship programme which provides the opportunity to work, as well as carry on with academic qualifications.  They are currently recruiting.

The apprenticeship is open for applications from anybody aged 16 and above with at least 5 GCSE’s A to C grade including Maths and English.

Please click on the following link for further information about the open day and apprenticeship details: www.e2v.com/careers/apprenticeship-scheme .

Essex Police Special Constables Recruitment
Essex Police are currently recruiting for Special Constables in the Uttlesford District. These are volunteer police officers who commit to volunteer for at least 16 hours a month. This role appeals to those that are considering policing as a career (frontline or back office).

There is comprehensive information about the role, requirements and application process at http://www.essex.police.uk/specials .   A candidate needs to be at least 18 years old to start the training, but can apply just before their birthday.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Co-ordinator