Parents’ Information

Useful Resources

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.

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

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:-

How to download Office 365 at home

Students downloading Office 365

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.

Face to Face Meetings

Shropshire Larder

With more people facing hardship in our local communities, we just wanted to share with you some information about the Shropshire Larder. This resource is the most comprehensive directory of services for people living in Shropshire on a low budget. It has information on how to access a foodbank or community food project, and how to eat well on a budget. It also covers how to get support with benefits, housing, and debt - shropshirelarder.org.uk.

Shropshire Larder | Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance | www.shropshirefoodpoverty.org.uk