Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we near the end of term I wanted to let you know about the arrangements for the start of next term. We have now had it confirmed that we will be required to carry out LFT’s on students as they return to school in January. This will mean that we will have a staggered start to the beginning of term.

Therefore, the dates for each year group to start term will be as follows:

  • Wednesday 5th January                 Year 11,12 and 13
  • Thursday 6th January                     Year 7 and 8
  • Friday 7th January                          Year 9 and 10

Students will test once at school, after this LFT kits will be sent home for self testing.

There will be letters sent out early next week to give further information around the testing. If you haven’t previously given consent for testing to take place but would like to do so now then there will be a link sent to you.  Everyone will also be sent a reminder of the Privacy Notice.

Teams work will be set during the week for year groups that are delayed in returning to school.

We very much hope that Year 11 have enjoyed their work experience and we are looking forward to welcoming them back next week. Year 11 have parents’ evening next Thursday, this will be an excellent chance to discuss progress and the recent mock examinations that have taken place. We will be holding more mocks in March and I would be encouraging all Year 11’s and 13’s to be continuing their revision programmes from now until the final examinations in May/June.

Year 11 are all now being encouraged to visit our virtual Sixth Form Open Evening on the website. Please do take time to look around the different subject areas. If you have any questions then please do email in, discuss with the teacher, or arrange for an appointment with the sixth form team (this can be done via the website).

Next week (Wednesday 8th December) we have the drugs detection dog unit visiting the school (K9). They will be visiting classrooms and corridors around the site during the day. As indicated in the letter that went home a couple of weeks ago this is all linked to our drugs awareness campaign, and in particular to County Lines (where drugs gangs use the rail network to deal in rural areas). The charity Escape Line will be partnering with the school in the new year to run some workshops for parents around the theme of County Lines; we will let you know of how to book into those in the new year.

A huge thank you to everyone that has contributed to the Christmas appeal. We have collected hundreds of collection boxes for the ‘Hope for Food’ charity. It’s also time to dig out those Christmas jumpers, as next Friday (Friday 10th December) will be ‘Christmas Jumper’ day when we will be collecting money for Save the Children.

Have a lovely weekend, and take care,

Adam Darley

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