Principal’s Letter to Parents – 28th May 2021
A PDF copy of this letter is available here.
I hope that this email finds you well as we come to the end of our spring term. It has been wonderful to have the school full of students once again and whilst I appreciate that returning to school after the last lockdown was a challenge for some, I have been incredibly impressed with the determination and resilience shown.
Our Year 11 and Year 13 students in particular have excelled themselves regarding the numerous assessments that they have had to undertake in recent weeks. We have all been impressed with their conduct and maturity shown during these ongoing difficult times. Our celebration events yesterday were a lovely way for both staff and students to say goodbye to one another. I thank them once again, and, whatever their next steps, I wish them all the very best for the future.
Thank you for your continued support with Covid-19 home testing. Your son/daughter should continue testing and reporting results twice a week, at home, throughout the half-term holiday and take a test before returning to school. Please continue to record all results to both the school and on the Government website. All results should be reported, even if their result is negative or void.
The Government is encouraging all adults to participate in twice-weekly testing to help stop the spread of coronavirus. You can order tests through the Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests service. Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading the virus without knowing. Maintaining a regular habit of testing twice a week, 3-4 days apart, will help stop the virus spreading and keep schools and colleges open to students and staff.
I am delighted to say that we have had no positive COVID cases this term. However, we do need to continue to be vigilant and the bubble structure will therefore remain next term. This will be reviewed regularly and we hope to be able to make some changes in July if the national and local situations allow us to do so.
Please be aware that all students should now be in school every day unless they are medically unable to attend. Please could I ask all parents to support us in ensuring that their children arrive at school on time and are ready to learn. We would ask that parents take some time to check their children’s writing and mathematical equipment prior to the start of next term. Thank you.
I am pleased to report that there will be a lot of building work and maintenance work continuing over the half term holiday. This work includes the installation of a new modular building for our Learning Support Department. I know that Miss Stephen’s team and our students with SEND are really going to benefit from these much-needed new facilities and am looking forward to opening them for the start of next academic year.
Finally, we hope to launch our brand new website before the end of the school year. If your child is involved in any outside activities or if they achieve something that is worthy of celebration, please do email your child’s college office a short write-up and photo (where possible) as we may be able to include it on our social media platforms, in our college newsletters or on our school website. We are always looking for every opportunity to celebrate our students’ work and achievements!
I hope that you all have a very restful break, and I look forward to seeing students back in school on Monday 7th June.
J K Single