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Headteacher's Blog 10th December 2021

It has been a relief to get back to some form of normality this week as a number of staff and students returned to school after isolating due to Covid.  Being fully staffed and fighting fit has certainly made managing the school much easier!

I attended a governor meeting this week where joining the Ted Wragg Trust from 1st January 2022 was discussed.  In reality the partnership has been working very well for the past 6 months and has already provided several positive opportunities for staff.  As far as students and their families go, there will be a seamless transition with no difference seen to the day to day running of the school.

Year 11 will have a very different week next week.  They will be attending school in non-uniform but working harder than ever with full days of study spent focusing on their option subjects.  We have used this strategy before, which feels very different but resulted in maximum reward for students.  They really will have the time to focus and get their teeth into their option subjects, whilst being treated with the maturity they deserve and afforded the privilege of wearing their own clothes.

Staff and students were well and truly treated to a festive feast yesterday as our canteen staff prepared a delicious Christmas lunch for us.  A number of staff and lots of students enjoyed turkey will all the trimmings. We really are very lucky to have such great canteen staff, although I don’t think they’ll be offering me a secondment to help out serving again anytime soon!

On Monday and Tuesday this week our Year 10 ASDAN students held their first ‘Candy Cane Campaign’.  As a big part of their coursework, students sold Candy Canes with labels to add a feel-good holiday message and spread a bit of festive cheer through the last bit of term.  Thank you to Mr Durham and Mrs Anscombe for their support in organising this.

Friday 17th December is the last day of term and students will have an early finish at 1.30pm.  This will also be our Christmas Jumper Day, with students encouraged to wear their jumpers for a £1 donation for charity.  This year we would like payments to be made through School Gateway. I hope as many of you as possible will get involved so we can smash the amazing total made last year.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,


Martin Brook, Headteacher