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Headteacher's Blog 6th November 2020

Despite the anxious times we find ourselves in following the Prime Minister’s announcement last weekend, the return to school this week has been a very calm and organised affair.  Students and staff have settled in well and have clearly benefitted from the break of half term.  It is clear to see the added strain that the extra restrictions on our daily lives are having on everyone but students have returned to school incredibly focused, behaving in a mature manner and keen to learn. Our staff, as always have been flexible and positive and continue to go over and above what would be reasonably expected of them.

Year 11’s have behaved fantastically this week as they have been sitting their PPEs (or mock exams).  They are aware of the importance of these exams and are treating them as seriously as the real thing.  I never cease to be amazed at how resilient our young people are, taking this situation in their stride and continuing to push themselves as hard as they are doing.

Year 11 have been given the Study Café timetable which will start next week and I would encourage all students to attend and take full advantage of this extra supported study time. Attendance at these sessions will go some way to making up for the time missed earlier in the year and again I would like to thank the staff for the giving of their time.

We are looking forward to next Friday, to safely joining in the fun, raising lots of money for Children in Need.  Mrs Comber and the 6th Form team and students have plenty of fun activities up their sleeve to ensure we raise as much as we can in a safe manner.  There will be ‘mufti’ on Friday 13th November, with a fancy-dress competition.  I’m told Mrs Comber will be donning her favourite witches’ outfit and red sparkly shoes!  I will say no more! Please send your child to school with as much loose change as you can spare to support this fantastic charity and take part in activities such as, guess the number of sweets in the jar, creative writing competition, guess the staff baby photo as well as the fancy dress competition.

Thank you as always for your ongoing support, I would like to wish you all a safe and restful weekend.

 

Martin Brook, Headteacher