Success for Children in Need

(Posted on 19/11/20)

The Autumn term progresses well, as we settle into our new routines.

In the midst of the tumult, students are responding superbly, our curriculum recovery programme has begun, (a summary document is available on our website), and some activities are returning - there is still a sense of fun around school – even though at times, the routines are punctured by self-isolation for some students and staff.

On 13th November, we participated in fund raising activities for Children in Need. The virtual duck race for staff was won by Mrs Lister – with her winning duck – ‘Quackman and Bobbin’ and a 5ft teddy bear called Henry was her reward! Staff and students were allowed to attend in their own clothes, with a ‘come as yourself’ theme. I want to thank Nung Siriot in Year 13, for all her efforts in driving forward the student responses – although she wasn’t impressed by my costume – I felt a scream summed up some of my feelings this term – mainly in dealing with DfE and PHE guidelines! I am delighted to confirm that we raised a grand total of £4006.59 – thank you to everyone for your generosity and it’s great to report some positive news!

Year 11 are currently in the midst of their mock GCSE exams, and these are an important benchmark in providing further evidence of progress for staff and students alike. There is a degree of speculation around summer exams, but we are focused on preparing students as best we can for a full exam season, and will adapt, as and when we have further clarification.

In the Sixth Form Christmas card photography competition produced a very high standard of entries and the winning photograph, which will be on the front of our Christmas cards this year, was won by Lauren Morgan, with Will Nuttall taking second prize. My thanks to the Art department and Mrs Pritchard in particular, for facilitating the competition and to all those who entered.

                Lauren Morgan, Year 13

                  Will Nuttall, Year 13

This term, we have also launched our new assessment and reporting framework: full details can be found on our website:


Parents and carers will see a new style of report with, we hope, a clearer guide on student progress in a wider range of attributes.

We are currently planning our first Parents’ Evening of the year, for Year 13 students, and we are trialling a virtual platform, to allow for remote appointments. Mr Cosstick, will be in touch with further details in due course.

If any student is isolating and working from home via Google Classroom, they will find teacher feedback on work completed, by returning to the original piece of work submitted. We are aware that a few students have been unable to access feedback; please let the class teacher know, if this is the case.

Thank you to those who responded to my recent plea regarding safe cycling. It’s great to see more students wearing helmets; however, it seems that some boys in Year 10 and 11 still think their heads are harder than road surfaces! Please encourage your children to wear a helmet and to practice safe cycling.

I would like to remind parents and carers about some of our Covid-19 protocols:

  1. If your child displays any symptoms you are worried about, your child must stay at home and you should arrange for an immediate test. Please keep us informed
  2. If you, or any member of your family bubble, has a test, please do not send children into school until a negative test result is returned.
  3. Our internal tracking system is based on advice from PHE, and essentially we identify anyone who has had close contact with a positive case in the 48 hours prior to; either, symptoms appearing or, a positive test result being returned. We will send a message to parents via schoolcomms, which will also contain a letter outlining further advice.
  4. Students who are isolating will need to check into their Google Classrooms and resume their blended remote learning, which may include live lessons.

We continue to review our practices in light of changing government advice and we will keep you updated on a regular basis.

Things do remain challenging, with a number of students and staff isolating and I thank everyone for their continued patience.

Have a good weekend.

Best wishes

DP Jones









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