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News 2019


Monday 09.12.2019

Parent/Carer Notice - Parent Mail

Today is the last day for making payments on Parent Mail. From 10th December you will need to use your new Parent Pay account to make payments.

 

Account Activation letters were sent out last week via students. Please click on the image below to visit the ParentPay website if you have not yet done so.

 

GSA

 

If you require further information please contact the school office on 0121 553 4665.

 


Monday 09.12.2019

Public Health England Winter Advice

GSA

As Winter is here and along with the colder temperatures comes various bugs/viruses making their way around schools. Please see attached advice from Public Health England in regards to the prevention & treatment of illnesses currently affecting children across the West Midlands.

 

Download Public Health England Winter Advice document [pdf, 603 KB]

 

 


Friday 29.11.2019

ParentPay - Our new online payment service

GSA

To learn more about our new online payment service please click on the link below.

 

 

Download ParentPay Payment Service Letter [pdf, 603 KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday 20.11.2019

Fair Banding Testing for Yr 7 2020 Applications

GSA

Please find attached the November 2019 Parent/Carer letter, regarding Fair Banding Testing for Yr 7 2020 applications.

 

Please click the link below to download the letter

 

Download November Fair Banding Letter [pdf, 293 KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 19.11.2019

GSA Sixth Form Open Evening

OpenEvening

 


Wednesday 06.11.2019

Parent Forum

GSA

The next Parent Forum meeting will take place at 5pm on Wednesday 13th November. These termly meetings are a mechanism that enables senior leaders at the academy to consult with parents and carers on forthcoming policies and initiatives.

Please contact Sarah Davies via email s.davies1@georgesalter.com if you would like to attend.

 

 

 


Tuesday 05.11.2019

Parent Governor Vacancy

GSA

We have a parent governor vacancy! If you are interested, please read the letter below and submit your nomination to Main Reception by 9am on Friday 15th November

 

Please click the links below to download the letter and nomination form:

Download Parent Governor Vacancy Letter [pdf, 367 KB]

Download Parent Governor Nomication Form [doc, 14 KB]

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 05.11.2019

PE Fixtures

GSA

Due to the number of fixtures currently taking place in PE can we ask all parents who wish to watch their son/daughter play to arrive at the Academy and wait in reception before 4pm. At 4pm all parents will be escorted to the fixture by a member of staff where they must remain for the entirety of the match. Any parents who arrive after 4pm will not be allowed onto the Academy site. This is to ensure the safety of our pupils so they are safeguarded at all times. We actively encourage parents to watch fixtures, so please arrive just before 4pm to avoid disappointment.

 

 


Friday 11.10.2019

October Autumn Term Letter for Parent/Carers

GSA

Please find attached the October 2019 Autumn Term Parent/Carer letter.

 

Please click the link below to download the letter

 

Download October Autumn Term Letter [pdf, 293 KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Friday 11.10.2019

Parking Letter for Parent/Carers

GSA

Please find attached the October 2019 Parent/Carer letter, regarding parking.

 

Please click the link below to download the letter

 

Download October Parking Letter [pdf, 293 KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 08.10.2019

PSHE 'Drop Down' Day - Sandwell ECO Bus

ECOBUS

Today all year 7 students have had the opportunity to visit Sandwell's ECO Bus. This has been a great way to promote the importance of recycling and encourage our young people to think more carefully about our environment. Huge thanks must go to Emma Bennett from Tipton Litter Watch who ran all of today's sessions.

 

 


Monday 07.10.2019

Cashless Catering System Update

GSA

We recently upgraded our cashless catering system and experienced some issues with links to the Parentmail online payment system. The links have now been fixed – But it may take a couple of hours before you can top-up your child’s dinner account.

Therefore any money that has been paid online since the system went down on 1 Oct will be added to your child’s account and likewise the cost of any food items purchased by your child will be deducted.

 

 


Monday 23.09.2019

Open Evening Parking Notice

GSAPlanning on coming to our Open Evening?

Please consider leaving the car at home. We're expecting a high turnout again this year and you may find it difficult to park. If you do drive, please be respectful of the local residents and do not block any pavements or driveways.

 

 

 

 


Monday 23.09.2019

Provisions for Free School Meals

GSAIf your child is not currently receiving Free School Meals.

Please check the information here on the local authority website to check if you are entitled and either apply online or ask for a copy of the form from Mrs Aston at the Academy on 0121 553 4665 Ext 5262.

 

Alternatively download a copy of the FSM Application here (revised Sept 2019) [pdf, 783 KB]

 


Monday 09.09.2019

Welcome Back Letter for Parent/Carers

GSAWelcome Back!

Please find attached the September 2019 Parent/Carer letter, regarding welcoming everyone back to the Academy for the new academic year.

 

Please click the link below to download the letter

 

Download September Welcome Back Letter [pdf, 783 KB]

 

 

 

 

 


July 2019

George Salter Academy Open Evening

OpenEvening

 


George's Gazette

Friday 12.07.2019

newsletter

The latest edition of the George's Gazette is out now!

 

Please click the link below to download a copy.

 

Download George's Gazette no 7 [pdf, 545 KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sports Day Report

Friday 12.07.2019

GSA

What a superb day from start to finish!

 

The weather was brilliant throughout the day with the sun beaming on the track and field.

 

All pupils cheering each other on in all the events that were taking place was a really nice thing to see.

 

With a lot of competition going on you could see all pupils were very eager in making sure they did very well for their relevant houses in which points were awarded for the position they came in during the event as well as the all important participation points.

 

It was very nice to see pupils being so supportive, but also very competitive at the same time as this made the day even better. The teachers were fantastic throughout the day ensuring that all pupils were cheering and chanting and making as much noise as possible. However, with all the great competition going on there could only be one winner……

 

Congratulations to the teachers and pupils of Loxdale who were victorious on the day and also congratulations to Royal staff members for winning the staff relay race. Overall the day started great and ended brilliantly. Thank you to everyone that took part and supported.

 


Sports Day Information

Friday 28.06.2019

Letter

The schools sports day will be taking place on Friday 5th July at Hadley Stadium, Smethwick.

 

Please click the link below to download a letter regarding the day.

 

Download Sports Day Letter [doc, 601 KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 


June Letter To Parent/Carers

Thursday 27.06.2019

Letter

Please find attached the June 2019 Parent/Carer letter, regarding the Acadamies training days and updated term dates for the 2019/20 academic year.

 

Please click the link below to download the letter

 

Download June Letter to Parent/Carers [pdf, 422 KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chicago High School Edition

Wednesday 26.06.2019

Just a reminder that our "Chicago The Musical" performance is in the George Salter Academy, Green Room Theatre at 6pm on both Thursday 27th June and Friday 28th June.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

Chicago

 

Consultation on changes to Sandwell's SEND Transport Policy

Wednesday 12.06.2019

GSA

Sandwell Council is consulting on proposed changes to the Home to School/College and Adult Learner Transport Policy. The consultation will run between Wednesday 12 June 2019 and Tuesday 9 July 2019.

 

Any responses received after this time may be considered but not included in the consultation. Once the consultation has closed, the responses will be reviewed and a report prepared for Sandwell councillors on the results. They will consider any changes which may need to be made and will make a decision in August 2019. If approved by councillors, the revised policy will be operational from 2 September 2019. The online survey can be accessed by clicking here. You can also download the explanatory consultation document by clicking here. The proposed changes are as follows:
  • Creating one policy document to cover all home to school/college travel assistance to include adult learners.
  • Operational changes in the way we provide transport as well as how parents can access SEND transport.
  • Offering more children and young people training to develop independent travel skills and the use of sustainable travel modes.
  • Clarity and provision for exceptional circumstances.
  • Greater use of personal transport budgets.
  • Simplifying the appeals procedure.

 

 


Youth Dance Platform

Wednesday 12.06.2019

The youth dance platform will take place on Wednesday 12th June at 6pm-7.15pm.

 

Two other OAT academies are taking part to showcase both extra-curricular and examination works. Tickets can be purchased from the dance office or on the door.

 

YouthDance

 


George's Gazette

Monday 03.06.2019

newsletter

The latest edition of the George's Gazette is out now!

 

Please click the link below to download a copy.

 

Download George's Gazette no 6 [pdf, 545 KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gymnastics Competition

Friday 17.05.2019

GSA

On Thursday 16th May GSA took a team of 4 gymnasts to Wood Green Academy for the Sandwell Schools Competition.

 

The team consisted of 2 year 7 pupils and 2 year 8 pupils. A year 10 pupil also came along to support, as she had been helping the group with their training, which they all really appreciated.

 

They gave outstanding performances both in their vaults and floor routines, showing fantastic technical ability and composure. The support and encouragement that they showed each other throughout the competition was fantastic and their hard work in training definitely paid off.

 

The team finished 2nd overall out of 6 teams, with a combined score of 71.40 and have qualified for the Black Country Games in June, where they will have brand new routines and vaults to learn and will be competing against other qualifying schools.

 


Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday 16.05.2019

GSA

The Scholastic Book Fair recently came to George Salter and was a huge success with both students and staff. A big thank you to students who purchased over 100 books during the 4 days.

 

Enjoy your new books!

 

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

 

BookFair

Parent/Carer Forum, Wednesday 15th May

Monday 13.05.2019

GSA

Parent/Carer Forum will be held on Wednesday 15th May at 5pm

 

We look forward to seeing those parents who give up their time to support the work of GSA and welcome further contributions from any parent/carer who can spare some time to attend. Please email s.davies1@georgesalter.com If you get an error message "Could not perform this operation because the default mail client is not properly installed" then please copy and paste the email address into your email address box (hotmail, gmail etc) manually. if you would like to attend.

 


Our Performing Arts Champions!

Wednesday 01.05.2019

PerformingArts

We are proud to introduce our Performing Arts Champions!

 

These aptitude students have been working hard within music, dance and drama in order to become ambassadors for the facility.

 

Year 10 students now have purple and gold ties and year 7 & 8 students, badges to identify their achievement.

 

Well done everyone! We are proud to have you on The Excellence Within The Performing Arts Programme!

 

 

 


Tesco Bags of Help Voting

Wednesday 17.04.2019

Tesco

George Salter Academy is one of three groups on the shortlisted for Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

 

Our Initiative: Supporting Mental Health in School

 

At GSA, we aim to ensure a happy & successful life at school and beyond. We believe positive mental health is the first step towards that goal, in both our community and yours.

 

Voting is open in all Tesco stores on 1 May 2019 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

 

The 3 stores that are participating are:
  • West Bromwich Tesco Extra – B70 7PR
  • Stone Cross Tesco Express – B71 3HS
  • Great Barr Tesco Express – B43 5EL

 

Click here to download and read the full article [pdf, 140 KB]

 


Proposal To Expand George Salter Academy

Monday 15.04.2019

consultation

What is the Proposal?

 

The Governing Board and Ormiston Academies Trust, with the support of Sandwell Local Authority, is proposing that the Academy expands to accommodate more students. Our current published admission number (PAN) is 200 and our plan is that the Academy will grow, over a five-year period, by admitting up to 50 more students in year 7, each year from 2020.

 

By 2024, if the proposal is agreed, the Academy will be operating at a capacity of 1250 across years 7 to 11 with up to 250 students in each year. Our Post 16 provision will not be affected.

 

Why is this necessary?

 

Over the last few years, there have been significantly higher numbers moving into primary schools across Sandwell. This is as a result of an increasing birth rate and inward migration. The Council has worked with primary schools to provide 5000 new places and, since 2011, around 38 primary schools have been expanded to accommodate more children [... download and continue reading the Proposal To Expand George Salter Academy [pdf, 379 KB]

 

Please note at the end of the PDF document there is a "Consultation Response Form". Please return this form to the Academy by 24th May 2019 at 9.00am. You can also submit your views online at: info@georgesalter.com

 

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.

 


George's Gazette

Thursday 11.04.2019

newsletter

The latest edition of the George's Gazette is out now!

 

Please click the link below to download a copy.

 

Download George's Gazette no 5 [pdf, 958 KB]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Regional Dance Competition

Thursday 11.04.2019

Dance

One of our year 7 dance aptitude students Maisey has recently won two medals in a Regional competition.

 

She gained a silver medal for Street Solos and gold place for Street Duos. Well done Maisey!

 

 

 


Village Africa Donation

Tuesday 09.04.2019

Through the brilliant charity Village Africa, our P.E department recently donated some rugby tops that were no longer needed to the community of Yamba.

 

We are thrilled to see that they have arrived safely and are being put to good use already!

 

Thank you to all involved.

 

VillageAfrica

 


Battle of the N'OATs

Friday 05.04.2019

George Salter had the honour of hosting the final of the Battle of the N’OATs on Friday.

 

Well done to our fantastic sixth formers for organising such a fun filled event showcasing some amazing talent from the Shelfield, Forge, George Salter and New OAT Academies.

 

A great time was had by all, Congratulations to all the winners!

 

NOATs

 


Ski Trip Reminder

Thursday 21.03.2019

SkiTrip

Reminder that the final ski trip meeting will be on Wednesday 27th March at 6pm in the Green Room Theatre.

 

All pupils must bring their passports, EHIC's and pocket money. Attendance to this meeting is extremely important and all pupils must attend with their Parents or Guardians. If for any reason you can't attend please contact Mrs Hill in the PE Department.

 

 


Athletics and Dodgeball success

Thursday 14.03.2019

SchoolGames

The year 9 boys and girls Athletics took part in the indoor Athletics Championships last Thursday against all the Sandwell Schools.

 

After some nail biting races the boys finished 2nd overall and the girls finished 3rd meaning both teams qualify for the Black Country Games finals next week. Another sporting success was the year 8 girls Dodgeball team who last night finished 2nd in the North Sandwell Schools competition and also progress onto the Black Country finals. Well done to all who took part!

 

 


Local Area SEND Re-visit - Parents survey

Thursday 14.03.2019

ParentSurvey

From 18 March 2019 to 21 March 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly a re-visit of your local area following the previous inspection that took place between 16 January 2017 and 20 January 2017.

 

The re-visit will evaluate how effectively leaders have addressed the areas of serious weaknesses detailed in the written statement of action (WSOA). During the re-visit, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible, specifically about the weaknesses identified in the WSOA.

 

How can parents and carers contribute their views during this local area re-visit? The inspectors will gather the contributions of parents and families through an online survey and a face-to-face open meeting. The focus of the online survey and open meeting will be set by the inspectors and will be based on the WSOA.

 

Parents and carers who would like to take part in this survey can follow this internet link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SandwelLASENDRevisit/. The survey will open at 12 noon on Monday 11 March 2019 and close at 12 noon on Friday 15 March 2019.

 

Parents and carers can submit their contributions via the online survey using the link provided above. An open meeting, which will focus on areas identified in the WSOA, will take place on 18 March 2019. Parents and carers can contact their local Parent Carer Forum / SENDIASS (0121 500 4010) to request details of how to be part of the discussions between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC re-visit team.

 

 


National School Breakfast Programme

Tuesday 12.03.2019

Breakfast

We are proud to be a National School Breakfast Programme school.

 

From Monday March 25 that means all students can get a free breakfast in the school canteen between 8 and 8.30 every day except Fridays (8 - 8.25). Students can eat in the canteen or take advantage of the range of breakfast clubs we are launching over the next few weeks.

 

We are happy to offer a healthy breakfast to all our children and we would welcome your child to join us for a great start to the day.

 

We offer: Porridge, breakfast cereal or a bagel.

 

 


World Book Day, 7th March

Friday 8.03.2019

GSA had a fantastic World Book Day!

 

Throughout the day students took part in a quote quest around school trying to find 20 famous lines from their favourite books.

 

At break time the Librarian challenged students to see how many readers we could fit into the library at once, we ended up with an amazing 166 people all with a book in hand!

 

The teachers also got involved dressing up as famous book characters and doing some extreme reading in very random places.

 

We want to thank students for getting involved and look forward to the next World Book Day.

 

World Book Day

 


A Volatile History of Chemistry

Friday 8.03.2019

As part of the Aspire to Higher Education program our Year 9 and 10 students took part in 'A Volatile History of Chemistry', an interactive lecture provided by Wolverhampton Universities STEM Response team.

 

The demonstration took the students on a journey through time to explore the discoveries of some of history's most famous chemists. Through comedy, intellectual discussion, exciting, mind boggling and sometimes downright frightening demonstrations, the presenters showed the students how many of the fundamental laws of chemistry work and influence our everyday lives.

 

Chemistry2

Chemistry3

 


Dynamic Youth Dance Platform

Wednesday 6.03.2019

GSA Logo

Chicane and Charge Dance Company performed at 'Dynamic Youth Dance Platform' run by Flexus Dance Collective on Sunday 3rd March. Students from years 7-13 performed alongside youth dance companies from University of Wolverhampton, Kidderminster College, St Peter's School and Flexus Dance Collective. Students were given excellent feedback from their peers and had the opportunity to watch a range of diverse and challenging pieces.

 

A huge well done to both companies who performed Outstandingly!!!

 

 


Abbott Dance Theatre Dance Platform

Friday 1.03.2019

GSA Logo

In the half term holiday year 8, 9 and 10 dance students were busy working with professional dancers from Abbott Dance Theatre company for two days to create a curtain raiser performance for their work 'Deeds not Words' exploring the Women's Suffragette Movement. Students then performed their piece at Forest Arts Centre on Wednesday 27th February.

 

It was a fantastic experience working with a professional dance company and then performing in a theatre for a community audience. Well done to all involved!!

 


Badminton Black Country Games Finals

Thursday 14.02.2019

GSA Logo

Yesterday, students from George Salter attended the Badminton Black Country Games Finals. Having already beaten all the Sandwell teams, they knew this level would be a step up and a big challenge.

 

After some very intense and close matches the U14 Girls finished 2nd, the U16 Girls finished 2nd and the U16 Boys finished 3rd. A fantastic achievement considering some of the pupils in the competition played for England.

 

Well done to all pupils who took part!

 

Pictured above: The U14 Girls, U16 Girls & U16 Boys teams.

 

 

 


New Curriculum Consultation 2019/2020

Wednesday 06.02.2019

GSA LogoDear Parent/ Carer,

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the changes we are making to the Academy’s curriculum in time for September 2019.

 

Year 8 students this year will not be choosing their Key stage 4 options but instead will have an extended Key Stage 3 which will prepare them for the demands of GCSE level qualifications. We have discovered from analysing from Year 9 that students need to develop their learning skills and secure greater subject knowledge if they are to make a first positive step within these more demanding qualifications.

 

The second significant change to the curriculum will be the reintroduction of lessons on a Wednesday afternoon in September. To accommodate the breadth of curriculum we wish to introduce, we would like to utilise the extra lessons to ensure the school delivers high quality Personal, Social and Health Education as well as ensuring the Academy meets its statutory obligation to deliver Religious Education to all students. By returning to a normal timetable (8.40 till 3pm) on Wednesday for all students we feel we will be able to ensure we keep the balance of the curriculum without constraining the range of subjects we currently offer.

 

I would welcome your thoughts and feedback on the above changes to our curriculum using the email address parentfeedback@georgesalter.com. Consultation is open until 20th March 2019. I look forward to working with you in supporting your child achieve their full potential.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr D Foskett Vice Principal

 

Download the new curriculum consultation 2019/2020 letter [pdf, 399 KB]

 

Download the Curriculum Intent and Implementation Parents Forum Presentation [pptx, 1444 KB]

 


Letter to Parents

Wednesday 06.02.2019

Letter to ParentsDear Parent/ Carer,

Truly great schools develop a culture where staff talking freely about their lessons and I am still hugely impressed at the conversations about teaching that our staff are involved in every day and every week. Staff certainly made the most of the training day on Monday 7th January to discuss the Key Stage 3 knowledge led curriculum and to further develop our provision.

 

Over the course of this academic year, Mr Foskett has led a curriculum review which has involved a thorough research of the most up to date guidance, an analysis of our current model, looking at what the most successful schools do elsewhere and canvassing opinions (from staff, students and parents). We are committed to evolution at pace in terms of our curriculum design and will not settle for quick fix solutions. As is mentioned in my pre-Christmas newsletter, we will therefore need another training day on the 25th February in order for this process of long-term change to be effective.

 

I am delighted that work has finally begun on a new block which will house ten new classrooms and give us some extra dining/ social capacity. Whilst the new build is being completed, we will also undertake some refurbishment of art, science, catering and DT classrooms whilst also expanding PE changing facilities. As this work progresses we will, obviously, need to pack up resources from various classrooms and ‘move in’. In order to do so and manage the transition across to the new facilities effectively, we will be required to close the school three days earlier than planned for the summer holidays. I am therefore giving formal notification that we intend to close for the summer holidays on Tuesday 16th July.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Adrian Price Principal

 

Download the letter to parents [pdf, 403 KB]

 


Parking Advice Letter

Wednesday 06.02.2019

Parking Advice LetterDear Parents/ Drivers

 

We have received a number of complaints about the parking in and around the School and concerns for the safety of pupils.

 

We would like to make all parents aware that PCSO’s will be conducting patrols with the intention of recording and photographing evidence. Those caught in contravention of road traffic offences will be issued with £90 fixed penalty notices.

 

Please click on the letter image or the link below to read the full parking advice letter from PCSO 30352 Yates & PCSO 30960 Pochron, Greets Green & Lyng Neighbourhood Policing Team

 

Download the parking advice letter [pdf, 157 KB]

 


GSA Pupil Ryan gains black belt

Tuesday 29.01.2019

Ryan with black beltOn 1st and 2nd December, one of our Aptitude students demonstrated that he is not only talented in Music but also in Kickboxing, gaining his black belt.

After extensive testing in technique, sparring and fitness Ryan showed his abilities in order to succeed. We are all very proud of him.

 

 

 

 


GSA pupils hit the ski slopes!

Thursday 24.01.2019

pupils on ski slpeOn Monday 21st of January and Tuesday 22nd January the pupils who are attending the ski trip at Easter had their first lessons at the Snowdome.

The majority of pupils were complete beginners and thoroughly embraced their first lessons. Skiing and snowboarding are not easy sports to master, but in true George Salter style our pupils made it look easy despite a few falls along the way.

This will be great preparation for when they hit the Italian ski slopes at Easter where I'm sure they will progress further.

Well done to all who went and hopefully it was as fun to take part as it was to watch!

 


2019 BBC School Report

Thursday 24.01.2019

football development posterSome of our GSA BBC News Report team were busy when the Knife Arch arrived at the Academy last week.

They thoroughly enjoyed conducting the interviews around the issue of Knife crime in the community.

Stay tuned for the next report which will be available in March.

Watch the BBC School Report 2019 video on our YouTube Channel

 

 

 


Year 8 Handball become Champions

Thursday 24.01.2019

netballOn Thursday 17th January the U13 Girls Handball team defied all odds to become North Sandwell Champions.

They went to the North Sandwell competition where they competed against 4 other schools. The girls had 6 players which automatically put them at a disadvantage as you could play with up to 7 players. The tournament started well with a win against Q3 Tipton, but unfortunately we picked up an injury taking us down to 5 players. This didn't stop them though!

They went on to win all their matches with only 5 players and now progress to the next stage of the competition. Well done girls!

 


Letter to Parents

Friday 18.01.2019

Adrian PriceThank you for your support with the West Midlands Police Sandwell Schools Knife Arch Initiative yesterday.

As you are aware, the knife arch was placed in our school, for one day only, as part of the programme designed to raise awareness regarding knife crime. Due to the time taken, it was not possible for every student to walk through the arch and so students were randomly asked to join a queue. There was no profiling or selecting of students and although we had planned for every student go through the arch, it was not possible on the day, following police advice This should not take away from the fact that this project is an awareness raising initiative.

Can I also please bring up the subject of parking at the academy? At the Year 9 parents’ evening this week, I was approached by a PCSO with a complaint from a local resident who could not access Davey Road In a wheelchair because vehicles had been parked half on the road and half on the pavement. I would ask all parents and carers to park cars with due respect for pedestrians and other cars at all times.

Furthermore, I am also worried for the safety of our students given the current traffic issues in Dudley Street, both before and after school. It seems that many parents are:

  • parking across dropped curbs, thus preventing residents from accessing their drives
  • not stopping the car by a curb, but in mid-traffic, in order to let children out before school
  • parking on the other side of the road and beckoning their child across, even though there are crossings further up
  • double parking and thus holding up traffic
  • performing U-turns without due regard for other road users
  • having too many children in their car without sufficient seatbelts.

Following a complaint from a local resident, I have asked for police presence at drop off and pick up times. This morning, they noticed some of the issues above and spoke with drivers. They have also told me that if parents park by the side of the road for a short period of time to drop of a child, there is no issue. However, it is an offence to park by a dropped curb for a prolonged period.

To the very many parents who drive with care and ensure that their child arrives safely to school, I say thank you very much. If this isn’t the case, can I ask that we all please respect road safety in order to make sure all children are safe?

Thank you again for your support.

Mr A Price, Principal

Download the letter [pdf, 121 KB]


Parent Carer Forum

Friday 18.01.2019

GSA LogoParent/Carer Forum will be held on Wednesday 23rd January at 5pm.

We look forward to seeing those parents who give up their time to support the work of GSA and welcome further contributions from any parent/carer who can spare some time to attend. Main item for discussion will be curriculum review. Please email s.davies1@georgesalter.com if you plan on attending.

 

 


Junior NBA basketball tournament

Tuesday 15.01.2019

Portland Raiders logoOn 8th January 2019, 12 year 7 pupils went to compete in a Junior NBA basketball tournament at Highfields School.

Each school in the league is given an NBA team name with George Salter pupils were representing Portland Raiders of the NBA American Basketball team.

The day was really tremendous with all pupils giving everything they had to try and achieve the NBA trophy and move onto the next stage. With another 5 schools also competing it was a challenging morning for them as all schools including George Salter had high quality players and the level across the tournament was of a high standard.

However, the Georges team worked as a squad and did not give up throughout the whole tournament with great performances and team work being demonstrated before, during and after the tournament.

The team spirit was very high with it being their first day back at school so all pupils were buzzing to compete and show the other schools what they were capable of.

Brilliant effort from the boys that took part, onwards and upwards onto the next fixture/tournament.

 


Knife Arch

Monday 14.01.2019

donating foof for theWest Bromwich Food BankSandwell police is working with all secondary schools across the borough to help reduce the vulnerability of young people to knife crime.

We are working jointly with Sandwell council, school councils and head teachers to understand the reasons behind a small number of our youth carrying weapons.

Every Sandwell secondary school will be taking part in a number of activities in coming months, which are designed to challenge young people’s thinking and to raise awareness on the consequences of carrying a knife.

We want to educate school children and ultimately prevent them from becoming a victim or an offender in the future. One of the key elements of this programme is the use of a walk-through metal detection arch in all secondary schools.

The purpose of this knife arch is to detect anyone carrying a weapon and to deter them from doing so. The checks will be conducted sporadically across all schools and we believe this to be an open and transparent way in which to protect schools pupils and members of our community.

Each school will ensure that the metal detection activity is carried out in a friendly, positive and educational way; with an opportunity for debate and discussion to be opened up.

We are committed to creating a safe environment for everyone in Sandwell and look forward to working with you.

Download the Arch Knife letter to parents [pdf, 119 KB]

 


A new Football Development Programme

Friday 11.01.2019

football development posterThe Salter Sixth Football Development Programme provides students the opportunity to achieve academically through a Football themed environment.

This course allows students of all abilities to achieve their highest potential academically, whilst playing, coaching and officiating football within curriculum and during extra-curriculum time.

The application deadline is 31.01.2019!

Download the Football Development Programme [pdf, 125 MB]

 

 


Dramatic Beginnings Show

Wednesday 08.01.2019

Dramatic beginnings show posterJoin us at 6pm on Wednesday 23rd January in the Green Room Theatre when we will showcase our amazing Drama works from students across all the key stages.

Tickets are priced at £3 for adults and £2 for concessions and can be purchased from the Drama office.

All are welcome!

 

 

 


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