Headteacher Blog - 14 January

Posted on: 14th Jan

Dear Parents and Carers

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to the Spring term.  I hope you all enjoyed a well-deserved Christmas break and managed some quality time with your families and friends.

I would like to start by thanking our brilliant testing team and all the students. “We completed our mass testing for 1,200 students - it meant lots of waiting around for students, but they were so pleased to be back at school with their friends and staff, that we had a really lovely atmosphere in spite of very long queues!  It made me very thankful for our wonderful community and aware that our young people are prepared to put up with a lot about things they have no control over.”  The 4 days of testing ran incredibly smoothly with the students now being experts in Lateral Flow Testing! 

I will continue to keep you informed with the ever-changing guidance for COVID and self-isolation, but please remember if your child/children are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, please do not send them into school.  In order to keep all students and staff as safe as possible, students must continue to wear face masks in lessons, as well as communal indoor areas, unless of course they are exempt.

I am delighted how the students all have quickly settled straight back into a busy term, with BTEC Public Examinations and Yr13 Mocks, which have all ran very smoothly.

This term brings fresh new challenges and opportunities for all of our students, with a variety of social, sporting and academic extra-curricular activities.  For full details of these, please see the weekly student bulletin.  Congratulations to our Year 10 Boys Football winning 3-0 against John O’Gaunt this week.

Outside of school we have a young team of Year 10 boys representing the school in this year’s British Schools Karting Championship, this is a great opportunity for the boys to participate in an alternative sport and a fantastic learning and team building opportunity for Sam C who already holds a Motorsport UK licence, Brad H and Joshua G – Good Luck Boys!

We have finished the week with our year 11 subject taster day, where they get to sample different subjects that they have never studied, to help give them an insight and help guide them with their A Level choices for sixth form.

All that remains is to wish everyone a relaxing weekend and I look forward to sharing more exciting news from around the school in the coming weeks.

Kindest Regards

Mr Prosser

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