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  • Writer's pictureMr S. Jones

Headteacher's Weekly Update - 5th May 2023

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

As a result of further strike action this week and the bank holiday, it has been another shortened


As always it is a pleasure to see students engage in the many co-curricular activities on offer, the

highlights from this week include:

The borough schools U15 volleyball tournament took place last Friday 28th April. With a team

consisting of seven Year 10 students and one Year 7, they were formidable opponents, finishing

second in their pool and making the semi-finals. The games were closely battled, and we narrowly

lost in the semi-final to the eventual tournament winners, South Chingford (who said that Kelmscott

were the hardest and best school that they played against). In the bronze match, we missed out

by 2 points. A phenomenal effort by the entire team, whose behaviour was impeccable;

congratulations to Leon Capili 10C, Milan Myers 10C, Kai Molloy 10C, JT Gawigawen 10S, Bianca Burnei 10C, Vanessa Gyimah 10S, Besarta Haxhiaj 10C, and Leonardo Festante 7S. We are exceptionally proud of our team’s performance.

The cricket season started with our Year 8s playing their first match on Wednesday, sadly losing to

Norlington. The boys played well with some good individual performances in bowling and batting.

They represented the school well, with extremely good behaviour and exemplary sporting etiquette.

Next Thursday, 11th May, is our Year 10 Progress Evening (formerly known as Parents’

Evening) from 4.30pm until 6:30pm. We very much look forward to seeing Year 10 families to

discuss the progress their child is making. Our progress evenings are appointment-based and

students are expected to confirm an appointment time, for each of their subjects, for Thursday next

week. These events are of vital importance, as we work together to maximise the success of all of

our students.

On that theme, it was lovely to meet so many families for our Year 6 interview evening on

Wednesday this week. It was a really enjoyable evening, and the start of some great relationships,

with our families, that will really support students’ preparation for, and ongoing success in, secondary school.

A reminder that I have invited suggestions from students and families, as to what we might call our

new building, as well as some improved names for the main building and annexe. Each tutor group will have an opportunity to suggest three names, one for each building. I will update you once we have made our decisions later this school term.

Some advance notice of important dates to highlight for the term ahead:

Students finish for the summer holidays on Wednesday 19th July at 3.10pm, this is to facilitate

moves taking place across the school in readiness for a seamless start on our return to school in


Here are the key return dates for September:

Monday 4th September – Inset Day (staff only)

➢ Tuesday 5th September – Year 7 only

➢ Wednesday 6th September - Years 8-11 return (all year groups in)

As we head into The Coronation Weekend and a further bank holiday on Monday 8th May for the

coronation of King Charles III, I hope that you manage to enjoy the long weekend, spending some

time together with your friends and families.

Finally, congratulations to Jude Cambridge Brown 7K who this week tops the rewards points charts,

with nineteen points – keep up the good work.

Yours sincerely

Mr Sam Jones




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