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Head Teacher Update 14/8/22

Dear Parents and Students

As the new term approaches, I look forward to seeing everyone back safe and well and to welcoming our new S1 to Forrester High School. I hope you and your families have had an enjoyable summer.

Thankfully, there are no additional COVID measures this term. However, we will continue to follow government and local guidelines in reducing the spread of COVID. The guidelines can change regularly, and we will keep you updated, where necessary. In this short update, I would like to highlight a few things that will help students to make a great start, and to be successful as the term progresses.

Positive Attitude and Relationships

A positive attitude to learning, is the most important thing to bring to school. So, be:

  • Ready
  • Respectful
  • Responsible

School dress code.

Forrester has a relatively flexible school dress code. We want students to feel comfortable in how they dress for school and to have a dress code that is accessible to everyone.

Forrester-HS-Dress-Code.pdf (

We also want to support families and remove any financial barriers to wearing school dress code. Please contact Sarah Ross, Pupil Support Officer, if you think you might need support with this. All enquiries are treated by Sarah in the utmost confidence.

Attendance and Punctuality

Evidence shows that regular attendance at school makes a huge difference to academic success and to the Health and Wellbeing of young people. When students miss school, for whatever reason, it can become difficult to keep up with the class. This can lead to isolation, frustration, and loss of motivation. Regular attendance and arriving on time are also important skills for life and work.

Please support your child to arrive on time every day and impress upon them the importance of being on time for every lesson.

Mobile Phones

We know that overuse of social media is connected to anxiety and that receiving and sending messages during class time is disruptive and can lead to negative experiences. In my next update, I will share our updated mobile phone procedures. In the meantime, I ask you to support us in the following ways:

  • Please discuss the importance of learning without the distraction of checking or sending mobile phone notifications with your child
  • Please do not message or call your child during learning time; in case of emergency, please call the school office and information can be shared by an appropriate member of staff who can ensure your child is supported.

Once again, I look forward to seeing everyone safe and well on Wednesday. Thank you for continuing to support the school.

Best wishes

Stephen Rafferty

Head Teacher