A message to parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers

We wish to communicate a few items as we ease into the half-term holiday.

The Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) for years 11 and 13 

These have been submitted, following the examination boards’ guidelines, and we will be meeting with all subject leaders from Monday 7 to Wednesday 16 June before submitting the final grades to the exam boards.

Plans for after 21 June 

We fully intend to attempt to have teaching staff returning to their usual classroom bases from Monday 28 June, if the Government’s Roadmap plans continue as planned. We are also working hard on Year 10 being accommodated in the maths corridor from 7 June other than for DT and Science lessons, which we think will be more comfortable for the students, instead of them using science laboratory stools for a full week!

We believe there will be a huge sense of relief to return to some semblance of normality. Having the students travelling round and reverting back to normal timings of the school day will be a much welcome bonus, and will also enable Year 7 students to visit parts of the school that they have never been able to venture to since they joined us last September!

Year 6 Transition

We have transition days arranged for Year 6 pupils on 15 and 16 July, following an Induction Evening for them and their parents/carers on Tuesday 6 July at 6.30pm in the Main Hall. We are looking forward to meeting the children and their families on this occasion.

Self-testing for Coronavirus

We urge you to encourage your child to continue to test themselves twice-weekly next week, and especially the day before they return back to school. As lockdown eases, taking a rapid COVID-19 test twice a week, even if you do not have symptoms, will help us stay ahead of the spread of the virus, particularly as new strains appear. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and are spreading the virus without knowing. This includes those who have had their vaccine.

We want to thank you for your continued support in testing. Over 40 million tests with staff and students have now been conducted across the UK as part of the education-testing programme.

The result of a rapid test could be positive, negative or even void. However, whatever it is, it should be reported straight away, every time. Recording all test results helps scientists stay ahead of the virus by spotting new outbreaks quickly and advising how to respond. Reporting results is easy. Go to report a COVID-19 lateral flow test result or call 119 free from a mobile or landline. Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm. Support is offered in 200 languages as well as British Sign Language and Live Video Assistance.

We have dismissed the Year 11 students a little early today, and extend our very best wishes to them, the Year 13s and all their families. We are looking forward to the two proms and one ball coming up in July – as long as Public Health advice continues to support such events.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a fabulous break next week, and to thank you for your support this half term. Enjoy a very restful week and we will share further information following the half term break, especially regarding our plans for after the 21 June.

Many thanks and very best wishes.

Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Head Teacher
David Amos, Head of School

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