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Headteacher's Blog 9th October 2020

We were made aware yesterday of a student from our school community who had tested positive for COVID 19.  Thankfully thorough steps had been put in place to deal with such an eventuality and working closely with Public Health England, we were able to swiftly put necessary steps in place to deal with the situation. 

School remains open and students not already isolating should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.  We understand that this is a concerning time but we will continue to monitor the situation closely with the support of Public Health England.  Should you have any questions or queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact Student Services, we understand what an unsettling time this is and want to maintain the stability and security of a normal school environment for our students. 

We are confident at the quality of the online learning provision available for those required to work from home and will do everything we can to maintain good lines of communication. 

As I mentioned last week, students will be required to wear face masks from Monday when they are moving around the school unless they are in lessons or at social time in their year group bubbles.  Staff have modelled mask wearing this week and it has quickly become second nature.  Any students who forget their mask will be provided with a disposable one.  Should your child have a medical exemption, please let us know so we can provide them with a sunflower lanyard. 

It was lovely on Thursday to run the first ‘Virtual’ Meet the Tutor event.  Obviously, this was not the same as a face to face meeting but in light of the current situation, it was great to give parents the opportunity to touch base with their child’s tutor and ask them any questions they may have had.  Although this was advertised as a one-hour session, please feel free to email your child’s tutor at any time with feedback, suggestions or queries.  It is really important to build strong relationships between home and school.

Our Year 7 students have been taking part in Bikeability this week.  This fantastic opportunity teaches students how to ride a bike safely on our busy roads.  This is a fundamental skill for life but something that needs to be done safely.  Bikeability will continue next week for another group of students.

Year 11’s are working really hard during this most important of school years.  We have started our Study Café sessions afterschool and each student has been given a timetable detailing which subjects are on offer and when.  I would encourage all of our Year 11’s to take up this provision of extra guided learning to fully prepare themselves for the year ahead.  There will of course be the added sweetener of free hot chocolate!

As I write this I am about to meet with a select few students from Year 8 who have been identified by Mr Watson for having made an outstanding start to the school year.  We will sit and have a hot chocolate together so I can hear a little more about what they have been doing and how they are finding school.  I relish the opportunity for these small group meeting to congratulate those students who are really going the extra mile. 

As we come to the end of what has been at times, a challenging week, I am more confident than ever in our abilities to keep our students and staff whilst maintaining a full and varied curriculum.  I would once again like to thank staff for their incredible hard work and the students for their mature attitudes at what can be an unsettling time.  I wish you all a restful weekend. Very best wishes,

 

Martin Brook, Headteacher