Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer,

Just a reminder that the school is shut tomorrow.

There has been lots going on this week in school. We have just awarded prizes for our poetry competition, well done to Angus Morgan (year 7), Daisy Lumley (year 8), Caitlin Burr (year 9), Will Wilkens (year 10), and Eleanor Faulkner (sixth form), who all won their respective categories. A big thank you to all those who entered the competition.

Tonight from 5pm we launch the Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening where you can see videos of all the subjects on offer at sixth form presented by our expert teachers. Please click here to view this open evening.

Next week Year 11 are on their work experience week. We very much hope that they enjoy their experience and it gives them an insight into the world of work. These opportunities are invaluable to students to help develop all of the employability skills that they will need to demonstrate in the future. Good luck to all of them next week.

During tutor time this week we had assemblies on modern day slavery, and explored the issues that surround this. Yesterday and next week, we will be running a number of tutor assemblies and workshops around sexual harassment. A recent Ofsted survey highlighted the issues that young people face with regards to the sexualised language that may be used in peer groups, the problems faced around social media, and the fact that some behaviours had become ‘normalised’. Our assemblies will challenge this assumption and encourage our students to be respectful towards each other and report any incidents when they occur. Students will also complete a survey to support the process and allow us as a school to develop robust procedures.

This week we extended our late bus service to a Monday. So if your child has an after school activity on a Monday they will be able to access this service.

We are now in the final steps of academising with the Wessex Multi Academy Trust, we are hoping that the process will be completed either by January or February next year.

A final note this week regarding Covid. We will still be asking that students wear masks for the foreseeable future.

Take care,

Adam Darley

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