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Parent Bulletin 16.10.2020

16th October 2020

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Dear Parents and Carers

This has been an eventful couple of weeks…  And it’s a bumper bulletin!

The data breach at WisePay (now Opayo) seems to have affected very few of our parents, but you are strongly advised to follow the instructions to secure your financial arrangements, as set out in the letters sent to you. This situation was entirely beyond our control but I’m sorry for the inconvenience this has undoubtedly caused.

Covid Positive Case — We dealt with the news that one of our pupils had received a positive test result immediately upon receiving this information on Monday evening.  The full procedures we followed are set out in a document on the website, on this link:

Following all Public Health guidance, contacts of the affected pupil were swiftly identified and asked not to attend school on Tuesday. Due to our strict ‘bubble’ arrangements, only 26 pupils are now in self-isolation.  Attached to this bulletin is a set of NHS instructions on what to do if a member of your household has symptoms of coronavirus. Every pupil is being given a paper copy of this document; please keep this for your  reference at home.

Lost Property — We have a vast quantity of lost property, including many expensive items, much of it unclaimed since before the summer.  A last opportunity to collect this is offered on Monday 26 October— the Monday of half term. Please see the list of timings later in this bulletin.   lease do send your child if you have lost any items; parents are welcome to attend too.  Items still left unclaimed after this will have to be disposed of.  We try to return all named items of lost property — please help us to do this by writing your child’s name in ink, in their clothes, bags etc

School Uniform — Thank you for all your support with this. Please see later bulletin items, and note that nose studs are not allowed for health and safety reasons.

Congratulations to our first year group!

Our very first year group, the intake of 2013, did their A’ Levels or other advanced qualifications last summer.  We’ve been hearing about some of their successes, with places taken up at universities such as Cambridge, Bristol, University of East Anglia, Lincoln, Southampton and Sussex, to study Natural Sciences, Law, Electronics, Linguistics and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, to name a few. We’re delighted - but not surprised - to hear how well they’ve done and wish them a fantastic time at university—notwithstanding a challenging start this term… 

One final week of hard work before half term!

Have a very good weekend,

Claire Coates,



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