Unlocking Your Child's Potential
New Starters (Year 6) - High Expectations at The De Montfort School
Dear Parents / Carers,

We are very excited that your child has gained a place at The De Montfort School for September 2021. In normal circumstance the transition to high school can be an anxious move, but with the added pandemic and knock-on effects the move is even more significant. TDMS is proud to be part of the Four Stones MAT (Multi Academy Trust) and creating a school where it’s students can thrive and reach their potential. In order for students to achieve this, our expectations are very high. Our behaviour and rewards policy can be found on our school website and will be included in the parent / carer welcome pack that will be sent out later this term. I would encourage all parents / carers to familiarise themselves with it.

TDMS is a unique setting and will enable your child to spend the next eight years at TDMS. To ensure that all students are successful and have the best educational experience we encourage them to have the highest of expectations of themselves. Our expectations are shared with other schools in the Four Stones MAT and are based on extensive educational research, which we believe will provide our students with the outcomes they need to progress and unlock their potential. All of our systems and procedures come with a high level of support and guidance from our dedicated staff to ensure all students are equipped with the ‘tools’ to succeed. To support students with settling in quickly explicit advice and guidance will be given and shared with students in several ways. During the summer term there will be:

  • Year 6 and 9 ‘new Starter’ Parents’ Evening on Thursday 1st July
  • ‘Transfer Day’ on Wednesday 30th June,
  • There will also be other opportunities for students to visit the school during the summer term

  • Unless the pandemic results in further restrictions we will welcome our new Year 6 and 9 students to start on Friday 3rd September to ease them into TDMS life and the expectations we have. Weekly reminders through our pastoral program and tutor time will help reinforce our expectations.

    What are TDMS High expectations?

    We expect our students to attend, try, practise and achieve. This means we expect students to have 100% attendance; to be punctual and produce their best work at school and home; behave politely, responsibly and kindly inside and outside of school; follow instructions the first time of asking and follow the behaviour system, allowing teachers to teach and students to learn.

    We believe by having high expectations, every student has the potential to succeed and above all we never lower our standards for any student and should never be asked to do so. Students like clear boundaries and routines as this helps to reduce any anxiety or worry a student may have, along with excellent pastoral care. This is even more crucial at a time of worry and disruption. Since returning on the 8th March our students have reported they ‘love the calmness in classrooms’ as it allows them to learn and develop new and exciting knowledge. Where students fail to meet our expectations, we have several interventions, rewards and consequences to quickly get students ‘back on track’ to achieve their potential.

    We look forward to working with you and your son / daughter over the next eight years, to achieve success together at The De Montfort School.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mr M Sandell
    Assistant Headteacher