Headteacher’s End of Year Letter

A MESSAGE FROM MRS AYLING

As we reach the end of another extraordinary school year, I am writing to confirm arrangements for the end of term and to share important information with you regarding the start of next academic year.

I would like to start by saying how incredibly proud I am of our whole school community for the continued energy, resilience and passion with which students, staff, Governors and our wider school community have approached this year. We have continued to face many challenges and have been required to change our approaches to daily routines in the light of the ongoing pandemic, but our school values of trust, respect, integrity, kindness and endeavour have never felt more relevant or shone through more in the way that the community has worked together to continue to make a positive difference every day and to keep our school community safe.

End of term
School closes to students on Friday 16 July at 12:30 for Years 9 and 10 and 12:40 for Years 7 and 8. Students will be dismissed via their usual exits.

Autumn Term
As we look ahead to the start of the next academic year I would like to share some key information with you that will ensure that the start of term establishes a positive foundation for the year ahead.
Year 7 students will start school on Friday 3 September. On this day they will complete a range of activities as part of their transition, spending time with their Form Tutors, Progress Leader and beginning to familiarise themselves with the school building.

Years 8-11 will return to school on Monday 6 September at 8:30am. We are delighted to be offering each year group a bespoke programme of sessions and activities from Monday 6 to Wednesday 8 September to support a positive start to the academic year, establish good learning habits and explore how our school values can support success for every member of our school community. We have a number of external speakers and providers booked, as well as sessions planned by our own staff and it promises to be a really fantastic start to the new school year.

Times of the school day
In readiness for the new academic year we have reviewed the times of the school day and they will now be as follows:

School uniform and equipment
Thank you to all families who have continued to support us in ensuring that students have attended school in the correct uniform and with the equipment that they need each day to be successful in their lessons.

We would ask that all families refer to the enclosed guide which outlines our uniform expectations and ensure that students are in full correct uniform for the return to school in September. Alternative skirts are not an acceptable item of uniform and all skirts must be knee length. All students also require a school bag large enough for an A4 folder, books and a pencil case so that they are fully equipped and ready to learn each day. Following consultation with students and parents we will continue to ask that students come into school in their PE kit on days when they are timetabled for PE lessons; students should wear full PE kit and do not need to wear their blazer on these days.

Jewellery is not allowed to be worn in school, with the exception of one small pair of stud earrings worn in the lobe of each ear and a watch. Jewellery will be confiscated if it is seen. I would also ask that you reinforce our mobile phone policy with your child; all mobile phones should be switched off and placed away when students arrive at school, again if mobile phones are seen we will confiscate these. Whilst they will be returned to students at the end of the day on the first occasion that this happens, phones that are confiscated for a second or third time will only be returned when a parent/ carer comes to collect them.

Reporting of absence
If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, it is essential that you report their absence and that you state how long they will be absent from school. From September absences must be reported through the ParentMail app/ website. By contacting us at the earliest opportunity you are supporting us in safeguarding all of our students.

Changes to COVID-19 measures
As the country moves to stage 4 of the Roadmap, we are planning for measures that will still be required in September. Whilst some measures will no longer be required in schools, we will continue to enforce the following to ensure a safe start to the school year:

  • One-way system around the building
  • Allocated toilets and area of the yard for each year group
  • Maintaining regular hand washing and sanitising
  • Maintaining good ventilation in all rooms across the school

Should any further measures be required as a result of guidance being reviewed we will inform you of these via ParentMail. In addition to the above, secondary schools in England are being asked to test all students twice upon their return to school, followed by the issuing of home testing kits to be used twice per week throughout September. The Government are due to review the recommendation for home testing at the end of September.

I began this letter by saying how proud I am of our whole school community for the way in which everyone has worked together to ensure continued success for our students. Whilst we have needed to approach many things differently we have certainly not stood still and there is much to celebrate across the school as we have witnessed the creativity and determination of our students and staff throughout this year. I would encourage you to stay up to date with the many wonderful achievements of our students and exciting school developments on our website and social media.

Thank you for your ongoing support, I hope that you and your family have a safe and healthy summer, and we very much look forward to welcoming students back in September.

Mrs Ayling, Headteacher