Have a safe and enjoyable Easter

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a great Easter break. Staff and students have worked hard this term and there has been much to praise and celebrate. Every Head of Year has written a letter personalised for parents in their year group giving a summary of activities and events and expectations shared. In lessons and when I am dropping into subjects, it’s lovely to see the range of activities students are doing and that they share their creativity and ideas with me. It’s definitely one of the perks of my job!

I have been pleased with the way our Year 11 students have engaged with their PPE exams but this is only the start of their preparations. There are less than 50 days left before the main block of written exams starts so we need to continue our efforts to support them. Thank you to staff who have given up time in their holiday unpaid to support students with revision – you are absolute stars.

Tomorrow I set off to Barcelona on a cultural trip with students and staff we are hoping for warmer weather than the rain that has been seen in the UK of late.

Our school summer uniform can be worn on our return (only polo shirts with our school logo may be worn) but please can I ask again that no trainers are worn unless a medical condition is given as a reason. Two weeks should give enough time for worn out or damaged shoes to be replaced. Today we wore trainers at the request of the bullying ambassadors to raise funds for their raising awareness initiative. The overall effect on standards of uniform and smartness was clear to see, shoes definitely look better and are the most suitable option.

Internet trends:

I have been made aware of a new craze trending amongst students where someone holds their breath whilst others assist them to pass out. I can’t believe this is something students would want to try, but sadly we had one reported case yesterday. The parent was quickly informed and the child is fine but please discuss with your children the stupidity of taking part in this act as children are often more freely out to play during the holiday break.

McDonalds

As schools, we have been made aware that some students from a number of different schools are congregating in their free time at McDonalds and the Mill Pond. Whilst they are not in school uniform and not under school supervision, disputes of any kind between young people are unnecessary and unwelcome as they gain momentum on social media and impact the work schools are doing to support students’ progress.  Again, please can I ask that parents are aware of their children’s plans and monitor social media traffic for its appropriateness. If you are concerned regarding any incident please do report it to the local police who are actively monitoring the locality.

Finally a big thank you to our TLC crew for your work in supporting the site it definitely made a difference – a fabulous spring clean!

Best wishes,

Liz Cook

Headteacher