Year 7

Sent out 14th March 2019:

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please click on the link below to find out information about college open days in Surrey. It is a good idea to start to look at what your local college has to offer, don’t leave it until year 11.

https://www.careersadviceinsurrey.co.uk/news/

News and events – Careers advice in Surrey

www.careersadviceinsurrey.co.uk

About Us. A guide to the wide range of options available to young people leaving school and college. Helping you make informed decisions about what route to take towards your future success.

Kind regards,
Janine Chippington
Assistant Headteacher

 

Sent out 6th March 2019:

Dear Parents and Carers

There have been a number of alarming stories about online safety in the news recently:

  • Sex offenders are grooming children on Instagram more than on any other online platform. Instagram was used in 32% of the 1,317 cases where a method was recorded, Facebook in 23% and Snapchat in 14%. (Source: BBC News, 1st March 2019)
  • YouTube says it will switch off comments on almost all videos featuring under-18s, in an attempt to “better protect children and families”. Several brands stopped advertising on YouTube after discovering that paedophiles were leaving predatory comments on videos of children. (Source: BBC News, 28th February 2019)
  • The Momo challenge was exposed as a hoax. (Source: The Guardian, 28th February 2019)
  • Popular video sharing app TikTok has received the largest ever fine from a US regulator for violating children’s privacy. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged that the Musical.ly app, now owned by TikTok, illegally collected personal information from children under the age of 13. (Source: The Independent, 28th February 2019)

In order to protect your children you need to be involved in their online world. Ask yourself, do you know what your daughter does online? If the answer is no you may benefit from following these tips:

Tip 1: Find out what your daughter spends her time doing online and do it together. Ask them to show you their favourite websites, apps or games, talk to them about how they work, why they enjoy them, and play or try them together.

Tip 2: Set boundaries on gadget use. Agree with your daughter how often they can use their devices each day and where they can use them, and keep an eye on them to ensure they stick to it. 

Tip 3: Make sure your daughter’s social network privacy settings are locked down.

By taking an interest in what your daughter does online and discussing any issues that arise you can prevent any serious problems from occurring.

Best wishes,
Sam Janaway
Student Support Lead
Limpsfield Grange School
Contact: 01883 713928 ext 110

 

 

Sent out 4th March 2019:

Dear Parent and Carers

As a school, Limpsfield Grange is committed to seeking regular and meaningful feedback from students and their families. We have commissioned Ruth Thorogate, an education marketing consultant to conduct some online research with parents. This survey is quite different in format to the previous annual surveys we have asked Ruth to carry out, as it contains more open questions for you to fully describe your experience with the school. We would very much appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey.  We haven’t shared any of your personal information or data with Ruth so all of your answers will be completely anonymous and members of staff at Limpsfield Grange are unable to access the survey responses.  

Please click on the following link to access the survey: https://s.surveyplanet.com/_7GPYwtI7 

  Limpsfield Grange Parent Survey 2019

s.surveyplanet.com

As a school, Limpsfield Grange is committed to seeking regular and meaningful feedback from students and their families. They have asked me, an independent marketing consultant, to conduct some online research with parents. This is quite different to previous surveys I have conducted for the school as it contains more open questions for you to fully describe your experience with the school. All your answers will be completely anonymous and staff from Limpsfield Grange are unable to access the survey responses. Please do take the time to be as full and honest as you like in your responses. If you have any questions about this research please do get in touch with me: ruth@truthmarketing.co.uk With kind regards Ruth Thorogate Truth Marketing & Communications

The closing date to take part in the research is Friday 15 March. If you have any questions about this research please do get in touch with Ruth via email ruth@truthmarketing.co.uk. We look forward to sharing the findings of the research with you in due course.

Kind regards
Mrs Wild

 

Sent out 1st March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

You may already be aware of an online game called ‘Momo’.  Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, You Tube and YouTube Kids.  Graphic violent images are reportedly shared and users are encouraged to partake in dangerous challenges.   It has been publicised this morning that this maybe a hoax, however the ‘Top Tips’ given in the National Online Safety flyer (attached), are useful so I felt it was worth sharing.

Yours sincerely,

Emma Phillips
Deputy Headteacher
MOMO-Online-Safety-Guide-for-Parents

 

7G Outdoor learning – sent out 8th February 2019

 

Sent out 4th February 2019:

Dear Parents and Carers

The risks from phishing are huge. 4.5 million cyber-crimes were committed in England and Wales during a twelve month period in 2017-18 and yet over half of us still find it difficult to identify a scam. 

A phishing email will look like it comes from a financial institution, e-commerce site or government agency. It will often urge you to act quickly by clicking a link and entering your personal details such as bank account details or passwords. If you are unsure whether an email is legitimate contact the company directly using the information provided on an account statement or on the company’s official website. 

Attached is a document giving you details of how to spot a phishing email. You can also find more information at: 

Remember, if it smells phishy, it probably is! 

Best wishes
Sam Janaway
Student Support Lead
Limpsfield Grange School
Contact: 01883 713928 ext 110

Signs of a phishing email

 

Catering contributions – sent out 22nd January 2019

 

Sent out 22nd January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

Eagle Radio Media Academy are launching, a six week media course for young people ages 8-18. The Academy launches on 28th February and they are offering a special price of £150 for the inaugural course.

The course is designed to teach an overview of practical media skills, from presenting and production to journalism and DJ skills, giving young people real experience of what it is like to work in a professional environment. The skills will be useful whatever your daughter wants do in the future, and it would be a great thing to add to a CV.

There are 2 age groups (8-12 and 13-18) and you can choose to do the course on a Thursday evening or Saturday morning.

There is more info about the course online here https://www.eagleradio.co.uk/learning/eagle-radio-youth-academy.php

Best wishes
Sam Janaway
Student Support Lead
Limpsfield Grange School
Contact: 01883 713928 ext 110

 

Sent out 11th January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

School Uniform – PE hoodie

The majority of PE lessons continue to take place outside and your daughter would benefit from a PE hoodie to wear in these cold conditions. The hoodie is one of only three items that we ask parents to purchase and I would be grateful if you could ensure that you purchase one for your daughter, if you have not already done so.

Yours sincerely,

Emma Phillips
Deputy Headteacher

 

Friendly WiFi – sent out 8th January 2019
Autumn 2018 academic reports Year 7-10 – sent out 18th December 2018

 

Sent out 13th December 2018 to parents of students with ASD only:

Dear Parents and Carers,

Attached is a consent letter from an ex student at LGS, Beth Warboys. She is currently studying for a degree in Animal Management and is undertaking some research about animal assisted therapy at LGS. If you are happy for your daughter to take part please could you sign and return the consent form to me by Friday 4th January. Taking part will involve the students attending an alpaca lunchtime club and a ‘Charlie Chips’ lunchtime club during the Spring term.

Kind regards,
Janine Chippington
Assistant Headteacher

Consent Letter Research Project Animal Assisted Therapy

 

Sent out 12th December 2018:

Dear All,

Family Voice Surrey are hosting a major consultation this winter in parallel to Surrey County Council’s consultation, and in preparation for a re-visit by Ofsted and CQC. We launched a survey last week (https://www.familyvoicesurrey.org/single-post/2018/12/01/The-Future-of-SEND-in-Surrey-help-show-Surrey-County-Council-how-their-recent-proposals-will-affect-you-by-completing-our-survey)

 We are also hosting events across Surrey this week to gather more views from parent carers. On Friday, Special Help 4 Special Needs in Whyteleafe are helping us host an event, and I am appealing to you to spread the word among your parents. I would be hugely grateful if you could send them details by Parent Mail (or the equivalent) so that they have as much opportunity as possible to have their say.

Thank you so much for your help,

Benedicte Symcox
Trustee, Family Voice

sh4snposter

 

ASD Newsletter – sent out 6th December 2018

 

Sent out 3rd December 2018:

Dear Parents and Carers

With Christmas approaching lots of our girls will be given new technology, be it a Smartphone or games console, and it is important that we make sure they know how to use it safely. When we give our children a new bike we teach them how to ride it so it is important we do the same with electronic gadgets. Here are some tips to get you started: 

  • Explain how to use privacy settings to make sure only approved friends can see posts and images
  • Check if any of the mobile apps they use have location services enabled, and disable this so they cannot be tracked
  • Show them how to report offensive comments or block people who upset them
  • Check ‘tagging’ settings so that when others are posting or sharing photos online, your child’s identity is not revealed
  • Encourage your child to come and talk to you if they see anything that upsets them

It is also important to remember that teenagers have a lot of downtime over the Christmas period and will spend all, or most, of it on social media! They will compare their Christmas to that of their peers and may feel like everyone is having a better time than they are. They need to remember that the photos they see are only 5 seconds of someone’s day and the reality is that their friends are just as ‘bored’ as they are! 

We need to protect the fun, the engagement and the opportunities provided by technology for our girls but we also need to check in with them to make sure they remember how to use it safely. 

Best wishes and Happy Christmas
Sam Janaway
Student Support Lead
Limpsfield Grange School
Contact: 01883 713928 ext 110

 

Sent out on 30th November 2018:

Dear Parents/Carers,

Over the past few months ParentMail have been making lots of improvements to their parent app for android and iOS devices and have recently launched a new version. The existing app will stop working at the end of the year so it’s really important you download the new app as soon as possible to ensure you continue receiving school communications.

To download the app simply search ‘ParentMail’ in the Apple or Android app store. Once installed please delete the current app from your device.

The new app includes lots of improvements including:

– Improved user interface
– An ‘unread’ section, where parents can find all new and unread items quickly and easily
– A new ‘announcements’ feature to keep parents up-to-date with important ParentMail news
– Improved archiving and delete functionality, making it easier to select items in bulk

Kind regards,
Limpsfield Grange School

 

Residential Extended Day Recruitment – sent out 28th November 2018

 

Sent out 26th November 2018:

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find attached an invitation for your daughter to take part in some research “Exploring the sense of identity and belonging of female secondary school pupils with autism”.  The research will be carried out by Rose McGeown.  Rose used to work on the residential team at Limpsfield Grange and is now training to be an educational psychologist.  If you have any queries about the research Rose’s contact details are on the form.

Kind regards,
Janine Chippington
Assistant Headteacher

Information Sheet for Parents and Carers

 

Breakfast Club – sent out 20th November 2018
TipSheet – Think Before You Share – sent out 14th November 2018
Residential Offer Spring/Summer 2019 – sent out 12th November 2018 (To Surrey parents ONLY)
LGS residential placement criteria – sent out 12th November 2018 (To Surrey parents ONLY)
Raffle Tombola Christmas Fair – sent out 12th November 2018

Emerald House Letter – sent out 9th November 2018
Sapphire House Letter – sent out 9th November 2018
Topaz House Letter – sent out 9th November 2018
Ruby House letter – sent out 9th November 2018

Parental Contribution letter – sent out 6th November 2018 
Gift Aid Declaration
Proposed playground markings

House charities and Christmas fair – sent out 6th November 2018
Parent Governor letter – sent out 29th October 2018

 

Sent out 15th October 2018:

Dear Parents, Carers and Families,

From 6th to 8th November 2018 the team at Limpsfield Grange will be undergoing our Autism Re-accreditation Assessment with the National Autistic Society. This is a process where the National Autistic Society comes into school to assess how effective our autism practice is. 

The Autism Re-accreditation Assessment will not disrupt any aspect of the running of the school, and will not impact on the lessons that the girl’s access.

As part of the assessment, you are invited to complete an online survey where you can share your views about the school. I have included the link to the survey below, for your information. The deadline for completing the survey is Monday 22nd October 2018, and I would be grateful if you could spare 5 minutes to feedback on your experience of Limpsfield Grange.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FamiliesofAutisticPeopleLimpsfieldGrangeSchool/

If you would like any further information about our Autism Re-accreditation Assessment please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to answer your questions.

With kind regards
Mrs Wild

 

Youtube Parents Guide – sent out 5th October 2018
FVS Borough – District Coordinator – sent out 3rd October 2018
7F Trip to Wildlife Centre – sent out on 25th September 2018
Consent to Eye Examination in School – sent out 11th September 2018

 

Archived letters for information:

This was sent out on 19th July 2018

Dear Parents/Carers of Surrey students,

Please find attached the new Surrey SEND Travel Assistance leaflet. I have also been asked to share the information below from SCC.

Independent Travel Training

Surrey County Council is working with HCT Group to offer support to young people with SEND by providing travel training, to enable them to travel independently to and from school, as well as more widely. This is a wonderful opportunity to receive tailored one to one training and practical assistance to build confidence and independence to travel safely and without anxiety on public transport.The HCT Group has tested travel training programmes with other local authorities in Leeds, Norfolk and the London boroughs of Lambeth and Camden, having trained around 500 people over the last 5 years. You can read about some of their stories and case studies, and there is a BBC short film which gives a flavour of how it works http://www.travel-training.org/

If you would like any further information please contact the SEND travel assistance team: sendtravel.assistance@surreycc.gov.uk Tel: 0300 200 1004.

Yours sincerely,
Emma Phillips
Deputy Headteacher

SEND travel leaflet
Independent Travel Training Leaflet

Consents and Medication Letter – sent out 28th June 2018
Medical consent forms 
Residential and Extended Day Offer Autumn Term – sent out 15th June 2018
School uniform letter – sent out 11th June 2018 
School Hoodie order form
Limpsfield Grange Residential Ofsted report (March 2018)
Emotional Wellbeing Parent Handout – sent out 7th December 2017
CWMT slides Moods, Anxiety, Stress – sent out 7th December 2017
WOSE letter (from our Education Welfare Officer at Surrey County Council) – sent out on 27th September 2017

The following was sent out on 14th September 2017:

Dear Parents, Carers and Families,

I wanted to share information with you about Net Aware.

Net Aware is a simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games.  You can learn about the privacy settings and safety guidelines for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more.  You can also read up-to-date reviews from parents and children for each app, game and social network.

The guide, which is aimed at parents and carers of 8-12 year olds, is based on over 750 reviews from an O2/NSPCC parent panel and over 1720 young people who reviewed 50 social networks and apps.

It aims to provide parents with up-to-date information about the sites most commonly used by young people.  The NSCPCC hope the guides will help parents talk to their children about staying safe on those platforms.

Features include:

  • minimum age for the most popular apps
  • possible dangers
  • why children like it
  • how easy it is to report inappropriate content
  • how easy it is to change the privacy setting
  • general online safety news stories

I hope that you find this website useful.

Kind regards
Mrs Wild
Headteacher


Sent out 13th July 2017:

Safeguarding Issue

Please read and share

“Snapchat map update raises child safety worries”

Recently Snapchat, an app which is sued by many children and young people, launched a new feature. Snap Maps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows other to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:

  • Ghost mode, where only you can see your position
  • My Friends mode,  where any contact can see your location; and
  • Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you

Childnet have posted a thorough explanation of Snap Maps and how to ensure users stay safe http://www.childnet.com/blog/introducing-snap-maps-the-new-location-sharing-feature-in-snapchat

  Introducing ‘Snap Maps’ – the new location sharing feature …

www.childnet.com

Today Snapchat introduced a new feature, the ‘Snap Map’. This location based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as …

How to switch off Snap Map location sharing:

  • When in photo taking mode, pinch the screen to open Snap Map
  • Touch the settings cog in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap “Ghost Mode” to switch off location sharing
  • Photos and videos posted to Snapchat’s public “Our Story” will still be discoverable on the map

 

Blue Whale & 13 Reasons Why (sent out on 3rd May 2017)
Student Attendance (sent out 3rd March 2017)
Student Attendance Policy January 2017
Absence Procedures (sent out 9th January 2017)
Healthy Snacks (sent out 25th November 2016)

Nut free school
Uniform order form – Polo Shirts
Uniform order form – Jumpers
Ofsted Residential Report March 2016