Parents’ Information

Useful Resources

Arriva: Student Travel 2019-20. Have you thought about your child travelling to school by bus? Click here for further information.

Beam: are a low-level service providing brief interventions in relation to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people under 25. They provide advice, signposting and support with concerns young people may have relating to feelings and emotional wellbeing. Beam discuss specific emotional wellbeing topics, suggest strategies to help young people manage their emotional wellbeing issues and provide a listening ear. For parents and carers, they can provide advice, information and signposting relating to emotional wellbeing issues experienced by young people in their care.

Please click on the following links to view the services and workshops Beam offer:

Beam Leaflet Drop-In Information

Beam Leaflet Drop-In Information 2

Beam Summer Workshops 

Money Mules

West Mercia Police are currently promoting their “Don’t Be Fooled” campaign to parents and school communities. It is an initiative organised by UK Finance and Cifas, and supported by West Mercia Police, warning of the dangers of students sharing or giving out their bank details and becoming a money mule.

Further information about the campaign is available by clicking here and by also visiting

The SHARP System

SHARP stands for Student Help Advice Reporting Page. The SHARP system allows young people to report any incidents which occur within the school and local community anonymously and without fear. To find out more please click here.

Understanding Your Teen Clinic

Shropshire Council invite you to attend their ‘Understanding Your Teen’ 10 week clinic, which begins on Monday 13th January 2020. For further information, please click here.

Open Evening

Our open evening took place on 19th September; if you missed it, please feel free to arrange an appointment for a tour of our stunning school grounds and facilities. You can meet the leadership team and some of our teaching staff. To arrange a visit, please call 01691 664400.

Parents’ Evenings

Parents and carers with students in all years are invited to one consultation evening a year. In Year 11, this increases to two, one before and one after the Entrance Exams. These evenings allow parents to talk to each subject teacher individually and fully understand their child’s progress, as well as the next steps required to ensure targets are reached and exceeded.

ICT information and online safety

ICT and Online Safety
Students at The Marches School have access to internet browsing as part of their progressive learning environment. Access is strictly monitored via specialist software and all social media is blocked via a method of categorization, which is updated regularly to include any of the latest apps. In line with our ICT policy, students may bring their own digital devices into school; this includes mobile phones, notebooks & laptops and any other similar electronic equipment including their data storage media.
Internet content is filtered on personal devices when connected to the school’s Wi-Fi network; however, students may choose to use their own data connection to access web content which would be unmonitored. Parents are encouraged to have regular discussions regarding web browsing habits and staying safe online.
Mobile phones are to be switched off and kept out of reach during the school day between the hours 8.30am to 3.00pm, unless requested for use as part of the learning by the teacher during lessons.
The Marches recognises the risks associated with the online world and teaches students through the curriculum how to navigate the online world safely and confidently.
Further guidance on specific apps and gaming is available below:-

Year 7, 8 and 9 Revision Resources

Our Year 7, 8 and 9 students have exams after the Easter holidays in the core subjects; English, Maths and Science. It is vitally important for their future success in GCSE exams and beyond that they take these exams seriously and develop good revision habits.

To help them with their preparations, they have had an assembly on revision techniques and revision timetables, they have also had further guidance during tutor time and the opportunity to practice making revision resources.

They have all received a printed copy of the revision guidance booklets below.

The booklet contains tips and practical ideas to help students find what works best for them to revise and at the back, there are revision lists for Maths, English and Science. Please do familiarise yourself with the contents of the booklet in order to support your child with their exam preparation.

Year 7 Revision Booklet - Download

Year 8 Revision Booklet - Download

Year 9 Revision Booklet - Download

Year 9 Revision Tips - Download

Year 9 Options Information

Year 9 Options Booklet can be found here:

Year 10 Parent Event

Please click on the following links to view materials from the recent Year 10 Parent Event:

Head of Academic Progress Role Information

Year 10 Parent Event Leaflet

Year 10 Qualification List

Year 10 Work Experience Letter

Work Experience Diary

Revision tips:

#tip1: Start Early - the earlier you start - the more prepared you will be

#tip2: Draw up a revision timetable - Research shows that shorter 20-30 minute spells work best

#tip3: Spice up your revision - Use a bit of colour! Drawing colourful learning maps will help you to memorise facts

#tip4: Reward yourself - It is not all about the work; you need good breaks too

#tip5: Exercise - Physical activity is very important, in particular during intense study time. Even going for a small 30-minute jog after a day of revision will make a huge difference to your wellbeing.

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