Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

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Design Technology - Request for Contribution for your child's projects

Dear Parent / Carer

KS3 Technology Project Materials and Food/Nutrition Ingredients Contributions

I am writing to you for your assistance in order to improve the technology provisions for your son/daughter. In KS3, students undertake a wide range of projects in their Design and Technology lessons during each academic year. Most projects will result in your son/daughter completing a final product that they will wish to take home. We believe it is important that parents/carers see the work produced and give them praise for their efforts. Since we are able to offer rotations for all KS3 classes, pupils will be given the opportunity to complete four projects in each year.

The Technology Department has a limited store of general core materials which we supply to pupils in order for them to complete the Programme of Study at KS3. These materials, however, are expensive and are becoming more expensive, while the school budgets have many competing pressures placed on them. We recycle projects where able, but often pupils wish to take their completed project home and we feel they should be able to do so. Unfortunately we do not have the funds to be able to gift the quantities of materials that pupils require

Having looked at what other schools do with regards to this, we are requesting a contribution of £10 towards each pupil’s materials costs for the academic year, so that the Technology Department can continue to consistently supply high quality materials required by pupils.

In KS3 students also undertake a wide range of cooking skills in their food and nutrition lessons. We believe it is important that parents/carers see the work produced and give them praise for their efforts. We are also aware of the busy lifestyles many of us have to fit around, and purchasing ingredients in such small quantities can be difficult and inefficient. At times, it has been difficult for all pupils to complete the practical lessons due to not having the ingredients requested. This means that they either miss the development of skills, or as a school we provide the ingredients to these pupils to ensure that they are able to complete the practical element (they do not take the completed dish home).

In light of this and in order to best address pupils completing all practical elements, we are also requesting a £10 contribution towards the cost of the food and nutrition ingredients. This contribution will cover the cost of the ingredients whilst you son/daughter is studying food and nutrition for the academic year. The course is delivered on rotation within the design and technology department, so they will complete the food and nutrition course over one half term period during the academic year.

Having contributed £10 at the beginning of the year towards the ingredients should ensure that all pupils are able to complete the practical element and that all dishes can be sent home with pupils. This also means you won’t have to provide your son/daughter with ingredients for their cookery lessons.

Payments for the two lots of £10 contributions can be made via our on-line system, ParentPay. Please login to your account and select the appropriate payment. Those choosing not to use this system, should make cheques payable to Dereham Neatherd High School and take to the payment collection area (outside Business 1) below during Thursday morning break (11.10am-11.25am) only. (Note this is the only day we can receive cheque payments. Please bear this in mind when meeting deadlines). We would appreciate this being actioned before October half term to enable equipment to be purchased.

I hope you understand and appreciate this situation and would like to thank you in advance for your support.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Chapman

Head of Design Technology