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04/06/20

Our latest newsletter has just been published: full of updates, ideas and student achievements. https://t.co/9TLaomoPDC https://t.co/yzTizFyFSE

01/06/20

The first Virtual Assembly of our new half term covers transferable skills and careers related learning from Ms Haughton-Nicholls. We also have a lovely performance from Jaimee in 8H2, and wellbeing tips from Ms Grant. https://t.co/Ulmkm0qZ78

01/06/20

We hope that everyone had a restful half term. Although we will not be setting daily tasks this week, there's still a lot going on for our students at home, including virtual tutor times and optional projects. Students will also receive feedback on their Framed Tasks. https://t.co/IP8w4CIKYw

22/05/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Well done Year 7 on a fantastic half term. I’ve really missed seeing you all, but I’ve been so impressed with how brilliantly you’ve all been working online. Have a great half term. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can see each other again. Stay safe.

21/05/20

Our weekly newsletter is out! Many thanks to everyone who has sent us contributions so far. There will not be a newsletter next week but it will be back after half term, so please continue to send us photos and news. https://t.co/d8rVYn7riC https://t.co/E6Uzncmtfh

19/05/20

Love books? Hay Festival is running a 2020 programme for schools this week, created especially for learning at home. It brings authors straight from their house to yours. https://t.co/I6q6FrwpWh https://t.co/iHfXGwxbfX

18/05/20

In this week's virtual assembly: -Ms Grant offers advice to all of us to help maintain our mental health  -Ms Houghton discusses the Olympic spirit  -Mr Cutress launches our MiMove initiative Plus a lovely poetry reading from Arqish. https://t.co/GIy3CEo643

15/05/20

We had some trouble sending our newsletter by email yesterday. In case you missed it, here’s the link: https://t.co/kjNpEBYs7L https://t.co/80x4nvr0H6

14/05/20

The eighth edition of our Virtual School Newsletter was sent out today. Please share it with your children. Thank you for all the contributions - keep them coming! https://t.co/6aVVo8Zzwy https://t.co/A6nRoG2vSY

13/05/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Hi Year 7s. I am aware of an issue a number of you had uploading your Music Framed Tasks to Show My Homework today. They are looking into it. For now, please save your work and I will post on Show My Homework when it is fixed with instructions of how to submit it.

11/05/20

Our 7th virtual assembly has now been shared on YouTube. Mrs Holden talks to us about the arts during lockdown. There's a beautiful performance at the start from Samarth in 7U7. Also, watch until the end for a special poetry reading from the HASU staff! https://t.co/F6YPSseRjH

11/05/20

Don’t forget that Macbeth is on tonight! This is the production that Year 8 were planning to see at The Globe. https://t.co/oFFEiX0dFD

07/05/20

Our weekly newsletter is out! This one features some beautiful poetry written by our students. https://t.co/6aVVo8Zzwy https://t.co/E4IvQEgPRE

04/05/20

This week's assembly is on innovation during times of crisis, from Mrs Morgan. We are also reintroducing student performances! This first week, we are featuring a beautiful performance from Tilly in 7A4. https://t.co/G08kz25Any https://t.co/O17IImVta5

30/04/20

Today’s HASU newsletter is available to read here: https://t.co/IBpueGuUfa It’s packed full of news, recommendations and amazing student work. https://t.co/tcAZHh6nJv

27/04/20

Students and staff are encouraged to get involved in the HASU Reading Challenge, which was posted on Show My Homework today. https://t.co/TVHSm0bsLN How many of these reading challenges can you do? https://t.co/CEqxWK0efn

27/04/20

Today's virtual assembly is now live. Parents, please encourage your children to watch this. Thank you! https://t.co/UaRrVa4NTr

23/04/20

This week's newsletter has now been published: https://t.co/H83Oc7Vyym. It features news from students and examples of great work, plus challenges and recommendations from teachers. https://t.co/8NiR3suIpo

21/04/20

Retweetd From miMoveApp

Excited to announce who join the growing community of schools now using miMove to support and celebrate their students' physical activity journeys. Looking forward to working with you and your students. https://t.co/BSbggI83uP

21/04/20

We are very proud of our Vice Principal Miss Corley, who featured in The Times article "How work in Britain has been changed by coronavirus" yesterday: https://t.co/E8md1I5SYZ. You can read Miss Corley's interview here: https://t.co/u2zbVzZCWY https://t.co/vwCPbHxsUF

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FGM

What is FGM?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.

There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn't enhance fertility and it doesn't make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.

FGM is illegal

FGM has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985. In 2003 it also became a criminal offence for UK nationals or permanent UK residents to take their child abroad to have female genital mutilation.

Anyone found guilty of the offence faces a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. 

Reporting requirements - Regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales must report ‘known’ cases of FGM in under 18s to the police (Home Office, 2016).
 

Who is at risk from FGM?

FGM is typically inflicted on girls between 4 and 15 years of age. The majority of known cases are in 28 African countries including Somalia, Sudan, as well as others in the Middle East and Asia.

Long term consequences can include recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections, cysts, infertility, an increased risk of complications in child birth and a need for further surgery.

Many victims also suffer severe psychological trauma and long term psychological problems.

What to watch out for?

A girl at immediate risk of FGM may not know what's going to happen. But she might talk about or you may become aware of:

  • a long holiday abroad or going 'home' to visit family
  • relative or cutter visiting from abroad
  • a special occasion or ceremony to 'become a woman' or get ready for marriage
  • a female relative being cut – a sister, cousin, or an older female relative such as a mother or aunt.

    What are the indications that a girl is a victim of FGM?

  • Prolonged absence from school and a change in behaviour on return.
  • Finding it difficult to sit still and appears to be experiencing discomfort or pain
  • Spending a long time at the toilet
  • Asking to be excused from PE
  • A sudden change in dress.

Worried about FGM?

A member of staff who thinks a girl is at risk of FGM or that FGM has taken place must report this as a child protection issue to the school’s safeguarding lead and to the police on 101.

Members of the public should report this to the police on 101