End of Term and Return to School

A message from Headteacher, Mrs Ayling

As we come towards the end of another busy term I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to share with you the arrangements for the end of this term and start of the Spring term. Alongside the ongoing measures that we have in place to ensure that we keep our school community safe, it has been wonderful to see the cautious return of many of the additional enrichment opportunities that are so crucial for the wider development of skills for our students, including sporting clubs and fixtures, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, music ensembles, Prenton Theatre Company and Student Leaders. Across the school students have once again been embracing the opportunity to shine beyond the classroom. It has been particularly lovely to see our new Year 7 students and Year 8 students engaging so positively with the additional opportunities for the first time.

End of term arrangements
School will close at 12:15 on Friday 17 December 2021 for the Christmas break. An extended brunch service will be available for students from 11:00-11:45, they will then return to their forms where they will watch the end of term celebration assembly and will be dismissed at 12:15. Students may choose to wear a Christmas jumper or accessory, along with their full school uniform, on this day.

Spring Term 2022

  • Tuesday 4 January: Additional Bank Holiday (in lieu of additional Bank Holiday for Queen’s Jubilee)
  • Wednesday 5 January: INSET day- school closed to students
  • Thursday 6 January and Friday 7 January: Students access learning remotely from home

Secondary schools are required to test all students once at the start of term. Guidance states that schools should “consider how to limit interaction between pupils while they wait for their first test”. In order to reduce the possible risk of transmission as we undergo this testing process, students will access their learning on line. This means that students will only come onto the school site at their testing appointment time. Students will follow their usual timetables, including form time, remotely through Microsoft Teams; lessons will be a combination of live teaching and work set for them to complete. Registers will be taken as usual and non-attendance followed up in our usual way.

Following the testing in school, students will be provided with further home testing kits to support continued testing twice a week at home. Regular testing is a crucial measure in helping to identify asymptomatic cases and helps to keep our whole community safe. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.

  • Monday 10 January 2022: Face to face learning resumes in school; all students expected to be in school at the usual time.

If there are any further updates to Government guidance for schools before the start of term we will communicate this to you via ParentMail in early January.

  • Thursday 27 January INSET day – school closed to students
  • Friday 28 January: INSET day – school closed to students

Changes to Wirral Term Dates
In the summer term the Local Authority undertook a review of the school term dates for the next few academic years. This came about because there have been a number of school holidays in recent years where the Wirral has been out of alignment with neighbouring local authorities. As a result, the dates of October half term 2022 and February half term 2023 have been changed. We always endeavour to publish our term dates as far in advance as possible, but as a result of the Wirral changes we have now updated our calendar to bring it into alignment with the changes that the Local Authority have made. Please note that all updates are available on our website.

We are incredibly proud of the way in which our students have endeavoured to make the most of every opportunity this term, both within lessons and beyond. The positive attitudes and examples of kindness evident within our school community are a pleasure to witness. On behalf of all of the staff and Governors I hope that you have a safe and healthy holiday and we look forward to welcoming students back into school in January for the start of another successful term.

Mrs Ayling, Headteacher