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  • Writer's pictureMr S. Jones

Headteacher's Weekly Update - 4th February 2022

I hope this letter finds you and your families well, a Friday update for you as always. A better week

for us in school, in terms of staff absence; as a result, we have not had to ask any year groups to

work from home remotely, which is very pleasing.


I am also pleased to report that Covid numbers have dropped for the second week in a row,

hopefully a trend that will continue. Please see the table below for this week‘s numbers in each year group.

We will persist with masks next week as a result of the relatively high numbers of cases, when

compared to our historic figures. I would imagine this will be the case until the end of the half term,

but I really hope we are in a position to dispense with mask wearing in classrooms after the half

term holiday, if numbers continue to go down. I will update you next week on this.


We continue to try to improve our communication to you via the MyEd App. One glitch that has

been brought to our attention is that the app will often not work if the mobile phone is operating on

a non-UK network, something for families to be aware of.


Our Options process for Year 9 began in earnest this week. We have made some changes to the

process this year, and now offer students four option choices as opposed to the three that we have

had historically. This is because Religious Education is no longer a compulsory GCSE, which allows students that additional option. This has resulted in the process being brought forwards this year meaning that families have not had the opportunity to speak with subject teachers, prior to making their choices. We hope that you have all the information you need online but do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any specific queries, about your child, for any specific subjects. We will be happy to help.


The Year 9 Parents’ Evening takes place on Thursday March 3rd and although this falls after the

options deadline, this will provide a chance for families to talk through their child’s progress and

discuss any option choices that have been made.


Thanks to Year 7 families for engaging in the remote Year 7 Parents’ Evening yesterday evening. It

was our first remote Parents’ Evening with scheduled appointments. I hope families gleaned some

useful information about your child’s progress. A reminder that if there were conversations you were

unable to have, or if there are things you would like to follow up on, with a particular member of

staff, please get in contact and we can organise a follow up meeting.


Congratulations to Lia Suleyman in 8O who amassed the most rewards points last week with an

impressive 37, keep up the good work.


Yours sincerely


Mr Sam Jones

Headteacher

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