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Parent Bulletin 22.04.2022

22nd April 2022

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Dear Parents and Carers

I hope that you are all rested and relaxed after the holidays: we’ve had a positive start to what will be a very busy term.

Building Delays

You will be aware of the enforced delay to our building plans from my earlier letter this week. Since then, we have met with the Local Authority and are very hopeful that the necessary permissions to continue with the project will be obtained in June, enabling the building to begin. Frustratingly, this will not be in time to allow the opening of the sixth form in September 2023.  I will share all updates with you as they become available.

Year 11

Thank you for all your support with your sons and daughters’ exam revision. Please encourage them to work to a prepared plan of revision, and to attend extra classes when invited or offered after school. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Year 11 Team if you have any concerns about your child’s exam preparation – for those pupils who may be anxious and overworking, or if any serious revision is not yet taking place – so that we can work with you in support.

School Uniform

Very many thanks for sending the pupils back to school looking so smart. Please ensure that skirts, when worn, reach to just below the knee; many have become very short over the winter and this isn’t appropriate, especially on stairs and when pupils sit on the floor in assemblies. We will be contacting home where this is the case.  Any pupil can wear shorts, as indicated in our school uniform policy on the website .

Peer on Peer Abuse Policy

Parents may recall some information given last summer following the raised national awareness of peer on peer abuse in schools. We have been working on a programme of learning about this area for pupils, including a number of pupil-led assemblies. We have produced a policy to govern the school’s practice in this area and would welcome parents’ views on this. The policy can be viewed on this LINK.  Our consultation will run until 27 May. If you would like to comment, please email Mrs Collins on, with the subject line, Peer on Peer Abuse Consultation.

Covid 19

The Local Authority has produced an information letter for parents: Parent Letter

In school, new guidance means we are maintaining hand hygiene and good ventilation; all other control measures for the virus have been dropped.  The range of symptoms in young people that may indicate a Covid 19 infection have been extended to cover: high temperature or chills, a new continuous cough, loss or change to sense of smell or taste, shortness of breath, tiredness, body aches, headache, sore throat, blocked or runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhoea or feeling sick.

Pupils who are unwell with these symptoms and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.  Please continue to keep your child at home for 48 hours after any diarrhoea or vomiting episode.

We have a small number of staff with the virus at present; it’s no longer possible to gauge the level of infection amongst the pupils and we very much hope that cases will continue to drop across the school as the warm weather arrives.

This week’s bulletin has a lot of useful careers advice for pupils and information on some courses on parenting, alongside a number of notices – please do take the time to look at this HERE. I hope you all have a very pleasant weekend.

Yours sincerely

Claire Coates



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