Christmas Lunch: Final call!

Dear Parents/Carers

Further to my previous email, I am writing to remind you that today really ought to be the last day you are able to purchase a ticket for your child to have a Christmas meal on Wednesday 13 December.  The tickets should ideally be purchased on ParentPay – if you have any issue with this, please send your child in with the cash payment of £3.25 tomorrow (to be brought to the Finance Office) so I may secure them a meal.

The caterers must order the food this Friday and so I have to close the option to purchase a meal on Friday at noon.

Students who are entitled to free school meals are automatically given a ticket.  If this applies to you and your child does not wish to have a meal, please contact me directly by replying to this email.

Please be aware that there will be no other food available at lunch time on that day, therefore if your child is not going to be having a Christmas meal, please ensure they bring a packed lunch in to school.  The usual food offerings will be available for purchase at break time only

Should you have any query or concern specific to the Christmas meal offer, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at

With best wishes,

Miss C Harrison

School Business Manager

Arrangements for school tomorrow school will be open please check the information below

Some staff and students will be travelling distances tomorrow to get to work and in response to the media warnings of significant traffic disruption; in order for them to arrive safely, we will delay the start of formal teaching until 9.30. Dependent on the conditions we may have to use a number of supply teachers if staff are unable to travel. Staff briefing will take place at 8.45 so we can check staffing.

The school will be open as normal although students need to be careful when moving around the site. They should not participate in snow fights either on site or on the way to school as they will get thoroughly wet and we won’t send them home. The Dining Hall will open longer in support of students closing service at 9 am. Hot drinks and hot breakfast options will be available. Your child can travel to school as normal.

Students will register formally in tutor bases at 9.15 (A late mark will be recorded if arrival is past this time) and then travel to subject lessons ready to start learning at 9.30. The rest of the day should run normally unless there is a significant worsening of the weather.

The schools heating system works well and there is no expectation that children can wear coats in lessons. School shoes should provide adequate protection but if you are concerned wellington boots or hiking style boots can be worn not training shoes.

Please check your child has a jumper or cardigan available as an exception I will allow jumpers to be worn over their shirts and under the school blazer of any colour tomorrow. This does not include hoodies or sweatshirts of any description. Please ensure your child has a suitable outdoor coat and a fully charged phone for the journey home (the school does not provide charging facilities)

My thanks to the site team who have worked over the weekend and will continue to support the site despite the challenges of the weather. I hope to see everyone arrive safely tomorrow Liz Cook

Year 10 and 11 Christmas reward trip

Students in Year 10 and 11 are invited to take part in a Christmas reward trip to The Hollywood Bowl at The Point in Bracknell. This is a celebration of success trip that recognises students’ hard work and commitment to school life.

This trip will take place on the last day of term, Tuesday 19 December. Students will be leaving school at 9.30am and will be taken by coach to the venue. Students will be dismissed at around 12 noon from the bowling alley – they will not be returning to school. If a student has failed to follow the school policy of ‘Respect and Pride’ they may be withdrawn from the trip and required to work in school on Tuesday 19 December 2017. This will be discussed with both the student and parents/carers via the Head of Year.

The closing date for receipt of payment and the reply slip is Monday 11 December 2017 so we may confirm coaches; unfortunately we are unable to guarantee your child a place on the trip after this date.

Please find the trip letter with the reply slip here.

This weekend, 36 EPCS students and 4 staff have embarked upon an epic adventure to Cologne for the first weekend of their Christmas markets! Today, we explored three different markets, buying various Christmas presents and sampling all manner of weird and wonderful German food. Some of us went ice skating and others climbed the 500 steps to the top of Cologne Cathedral! We were rewarded with great views across the city. It has been very cold – the temperature peaked at 1 degree! A great time has been had so far by all and tomorrow, we are heading to explore the markets at Aachen on our way back home! Find a few photos below of what we have been up to.



Christmas Lunch at EPCS

Dear Parents/Carers

Please find attached a letter from me explaining our Christmas meal offering on Wednesday 13 December.

Please be aware that there will be no other food available at lunch time on that day, therefore if your child is not going to be having a Christmas meal, please ensure they bring a packed lunch in to school.  The usual food offerings will be available for purchase at break time only.

The meal is priced at £3.25 and is available on your ParentPay account now.  Payment must be made by Wednesday 6 December in order to secure the Christmas meal for your child.  I am unable to guarantee that tickets can be purchased after this date as our caterers must order the food.

Students who are entitled to FSM are automatically given a ticket.  If your child does not wish to have a meal, please contact me directly.

Should you have any query or concern specific to the Christmas meal offer, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at

With best wishes,

Caron Harrison

School Business Manager

KS4 16by16 Reading Challenge

Well done to Luize in Year 11 for starting the 16by16 Reading Challenge. She has completed three reviews so far from the book list as, as a result, has received 150 house points! 
Reflecting on The Giver by Lois Lowry, Luize said:
“This book was inspired by the author’s father who had long-term memory loss which made the author appreciate his memories and wanted others to do the same, even if the memories you might have are not the best, they still shape you into who you are. I liked it. I would recommend this to my friends but they’ve seen the movie as Taylor Swift apparently is in it.”
Any KS4 student who reads a book from the list and submits a review to Miss Pettipas will receive 50 house points per book. The 16by16 Reading Challenge can be found at: > Teaching and Learning > Whole School Literacy > Recommended Reading

Success at the Rotary Young Chef Competition

Huge congratulations to Lorena in Year 11, who earlier this week entered the Rotary Young Chef Competition. Lorena’s dishes were Thai themed and made quite an impression on the judge’s taste buds. Lorena swept to victory, winning the local heats and is heading for the district heats next year. A fantastic performance Lorena, we are very proud of you!

I have attached a draft policy document EPCS Visitors code of conduct which I intend to present to Governors for adoption as a  non-statutory school policy regarding the conduct of visitors. I would welcome comments back from parents and supporters so these can be taken into account as part of the consultation process. Comments can be emailed to marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors and referencing the consultation. Can all comments be received by the 24th of November so paperwork can meet the Full Governing Body deadline for inclusion in the agenda and your views accurately represented. Thank you for your support. R Rastall, Chair of Governors.

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Festival of Light!

The Festival of Light on Friday 10th November was a great success, as hundreds of members of our community came together to celebrate the amazing artwork created by children from both Easthampstead Park Community School and local primary schools. The performances on the evening by our Year 7 and Sixth Form students were fantastic, as was the amazing dragon!

Huge thanks to the Sixth Form, School Council and the Friends of EPCS for creating fun stalls and keeping us all entertained. The evening reflected what a great experience we can all have when the community comes together. Thank you so much to all the friends and family who came, cheered and supported the evening and we look forward to developing and making this even bigger and better next year!



Year 7 have been studying ‘The Island’ in Humanities. This develops historical, geographical and religious studies skills to learn how to survive as a community on the island. The unit of work is coming to an end and the students hoped to be rescued by their families. This week, 4 of the 5 Year 7 Humanities classes have celebrated leaving ‘The Island’ with their families, explaining to them how they survived. The 5th class is structured differently and will do the same towards the end of term.

It has been a pleasure to welcome Year 7 parents into school during Humanities lessons this week, and for the students to have the opportunity to showcase the fantastic work they have produced. They have much to be proud of!