Headteacher Update

Dear Parent/Carer,

We welcomed back Year 10 and 12 students this week. It was lovely to feel a little bit like a school again, even though we are still restricted in the numbers that we can take back. Over 73% of Year 10’s returned and 95% of our Year 12. We would love to see that number rise next week, it has been very beneficial for students to come in to see their teachers and to be given advice about their next steps. This is a crucial time for Year 10 and Year 12 students and whatever happens next year regarding exams they need to stay motivated and on track, coming into school once a week allows us to support that process.

We have also been looking at extending the way we use Teams for all year groups. We will be moving to far more narrated and explained PowerPoints, alongside ‘live’ chats, where students can ask teachers questions to gain a quick response. For Year 12 we will be looking to use some ‘live’ lessons, and we may look to extend some of these for lower school in the next couple of weeks. Year 12 students will be receiving a protocol for the ways in which you should log on and be a part of a ‘live’ lesson.

The Government have announced that free school meals will be extended across the summer holidays. At present we don’t have any more details on this, but we are assuming that this will continue through the current system, once we know more we will let you know. As yet we have had no information on the expectations for September.

The lockdown learner wall of fame is once again full of excellent work. This week the winner is Poppy Pipe in Year 8 for her work on the Industrial Revolution – well done Poppy your voucher is on its way. Keep sending in the photos of work completed as it is a real pleasure to be able to celebrate some of the home learning that is taking place.

I will write again next week, until then take care and best wishes,

Adam Darley

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