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  • Writer's pictureMr S. Jones

Headteacher's Weekly Update - 17th March 2023

I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you as always.

Thank you for your understanding with the strikes this week. This week’s industrial action was the

last of the planned days; like you, I am in the dark as to what will happen next.

Year 8-11 Climate Ambassadors enjoyed the first of two sessions in their exciting Climate Leadership Programme this week, and our budding Year 11 entrepreneurs delivered their business pitches to a panel of judges today; some extremely interesting ideas and exceptional presentations, well done!

We have been particularly conscious of the type of food and drink that students buy on their way to school, that serves as their lunch for the day. Often students, unsurprisingly, are buying sweets,

chocolate and suchlike, as well as large bottles of sugar-laden, fizzy drinks, sometimes including

energy drinks, that are banned from the school site. We are concerned about the effect such a diet

is having on students’ health, as well as their ability to perform as they should in the classroom, in

terms of energy and concentration levels.

Our school canteen provides, hot, nutritious food each and every day and would be our strong

recommendation for students, at break and lunchtimes. As we are now a cashless school, students’

cards can be topped up remotely, negating the need for students to carry around larger sums of

money on their person. If students choose not to eat in the canteen, we recommend that they bring

a healthy pack lunch in to school with them from home. Many thanks, in advance, for your support

with this.

A select group of Year 10 students have been applying for places on the Universify Education

programme. The programme offers a 1-year mentoring programme, starting in Year 10, through to

the Year 11 exams. The programme supports students academically to boost grades, but also

supports with aspirations and to become fully knowledgeable about applying to selective universities. Students are allocated a coach who meets with them every month throughout the programme. The programme also includes a summer and Easter residential, where the students experience life as an undergraduate and meet their Universify coach. We are pleased to confirm that Hibah Ali, Murtaza Ali and Iustina Bogdan have all been successful in their applications. They will begin their Universify Education experience at Trinity College, Oxford University. Well done!

A reminder to Year 11 families; the Year 11 Tutor Parent afternoon is on Wednesday of next week.

Year 11 will be leaving school at lunchtime on the day. Families should have agreed an appointment time, to come in to school to discuss your child’s progress across all of their subjects, with their form tutor. We are nearing the final push with Year 11, and we see this afternoon as pivotal, as we do all that we can to prepare Year 11 for their forthcoming exams.

I note that Ramadan starts next week too, I know what a special time this is for many of our

families, Ramadan Mubarak to you all for Wednesday.

A message from our Trips & Visits team for families of students in years 7-10; if you haven’t yet

signed your child up for their end-of-year trip, please do so as soon as possible. For parents that

have already made a payment, please ensure you have completed the consent form you recieved.

You can access the form by tapping the Forms button in the Student section of the MyEd app. Thank you for your cooperation here.

Finally, congratulations to Fatima Ahmed in 11L who topped the rewards points charts this week, for the second time this academic year, with twenty-nine. Keep up the good work.

Yours sincerely

Mr Sam Jones




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