Weekly update from the Headteacher

Dear all,

I am writing this week on a Thursday as the school will be closed tomorrow for the Bank Holiday (Friday 8th May).

We are all awaiting the announcement this Sunday from the Government about the future of the lock-down, and it does seem as though there will be some changes made. However, despite all the press speculation,  we have no clear indication about the opening of schools.

The school moved across to the national free school meal voucher scheme being run centrally by the Government this week. This system has had some problems, that have been widely reported, and I would urge you to contact us if there has been a problem accessing the voucher, or using it.

Next week is the start of the assessment week for Year 10 and 12 students. All those involved should have received a timetable and instructions on how to access the assessments. This information is also available on the ‘News’ section of the website. Once again if there are any issues relating to the assessments then please do contact the member of staff who has set the assessment for you.

The ‘Lock-down Learner Wall of Fame’ continues to be hotly contested – we will be choosing this week’s winner on Monday to give a chance for all the work to be publicised on the wall by the end of this week. There has been some exceptional work sent in over the past week. A couple of students who require a special mention are Joe Daly (yr10) whose Science project, on Covid-19 and the statistics used reporting it, is some of the finest work that Mr Foyle has ever received (from any year group!), and having read it myself I would agree it is an exceptional piece of work; and Owen Maguire (yr7), who produced a menu, cooked the food, and served it to his parents, although I am not sure if he did the washing up! Well done if your son/daughter has made ‘the wall’ so far – and once again thank you to all of you for continuing to encourage and cajole your children to access and complete the online learning.

Transition projects will also be available next week for Year 11’s who have applied to study in the sixth form. These are an excellent way to keep the mind active and to start building some of the skills and knowledge that will be required in the next academic year. Mrs Rayner (Assistant Head) has been in touch with all the students who have applied to come back into the sixth form with details of how to access these. I would encourage all Year 11’s to ‘check in’ with the provider of their intended destination next year to ensure that the course/apprenticeship/training is still being offered – this would also provide an opportunity to access any transition work that they might require.

I hope that you are all managing to stay safe.

Take care,

Adam Darley
Headteacher
The Purbeck School

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