Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer

This week has been ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’, and perhaps there has never been a more apt time for this to take place. In recognition of this the Pastoral Team have been hard at work creating a leaflet with some handy wellbeing tips called ’10 ways to survive lockdown’, that can be found here https://www.purbeck.dorset.sch.uk/10-ways-to-survive-lockdown/. This adds to the wealth of wellbeing resources that are already on the dedicated ‘Wellbeing’ section of the website at https://www.purbeck.dorset.sch.uk/information/wellbeing-2/

Thank you to all parents/carers that have signed up to the virtual Tutor Consultation, if you haven’t signed up then please do so over the next couple of days. It is a chance to discuss a range of issues with the tutor such as school work, anxieties, problems and successes. If you can not make any of the time slots over the two days then please do let the school know and we will endeavour to arrange a different time for you. As a result of the consultations there will be very few ‘live’ lessons on Monday or Tuesday but students will still be expected to follow their normal timetables and to log in with their tutors for the 8.45am tutor session.

For Year 11 students, the deadline for applying to sixth form is fast approaching and I would urge you all to send back the application forms as soon as possible. This may be something you want to chat with your tutor about next week, but it would be lovely to see the vast majority our Year 11’s returning for Year 12. The Year 9 option process has now completed, thank you to everyone for handing in the option forms on time.

This week has seen another tremendous week of learning and some excellent examples of lockdown learning have been flooding in. However, as with every week, there can only be one winner of the coveted ‘Lockdown Learner of the Week’ award, and this week it has been awarded Olivia Radstock in Year 12 for her fantastic art work, well done Olivia, enjoy spending the voucher.

Finally, this week we have appointed a new sixth form student leadership team for next year. A number of Year 12 students applied and were interviewed for the Lead Prefect role, and I am delighted to announce that our two Lead Prefects for 2021/22 are Jodie Johnson and Will Brown. They did fantastically well in what was an extremely talented field. Congratulations to both and I am sure you will hear much more from them over the coming year.

Enjoy the weekend and take care,

Adam Darley
Headteacher

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