Headteacher's Weekly Update - 5th November 2021
I hope this letter finds you and your families well; a Friday update for you as always.
Monday’s Inset morning was a productive one here in school, with departments spending time
working on plans to improve what they do yet further. Hopefully students will feel the benefit of
these improvements in the coming months and years.
Covid vaccinations took place on Tuesday in school. Things didn’t run as smoothly as I would have
liked as the vaccination team were late, which disrupted our plans somewhat. I hope this didn’t
make students involved anxious as a result. Having spoken to various families recently, I know that
some of you plan to vaccinate your children via the drop in centres locally. The Borough has asked
me to share some information with you that might be helpful if you are still considering a vaccination for your child. They have developed a School Resource Pack, which can be found and downloaded from the council’s website; please see the accompanying link for this.
There have been two positive cases of Covid-19 amongst students this week. We will continue to
wear masks as infection rates remain high locally. Hopefully this will ensure that as few as possible
students and staff miss school as a result of being poorly.
Cashless catering was launched in our canteen this week. In order to purchase food students need
to have money on their cashless account, then use their ID card (on their lanyard) at the till.
Families are urged to top up accounts via the payments button in the Student section of MyEd.
There are many benefits of the cashless system which include families being able to see exactly what children are spending, as well as the safety aspect of students not having to carry money. There have been a few issues to iron out in this first week, but on balance the launch has been a success. For any families unable to top up accounts for Monday 8th November, as a one-off we will be opening the school earlier for students to come in, through the main school gate, to top up their cards in the canteen with support from staff. If you need any support with cashless catering, please get in touch with us.
You will have hopefully received a communication this week about our Tutor Parent Day that takes
place next Friday 12th November. Families in years 7-10 will be welcomed into school for a
ten-minute appointment with your child’s form tutor, your child should be organising that time with
their tutor as a matter of urgency. Students are spending some time, before the day, reflecting on
their studies. This alongside attendance and rewards/consequences data will be discussed on the
day, along with any questions that families may have for us. Students should study independently
for the remainder of the day at home please.
Families should report to the main reception; meetings will take place in tutor rooms and your child
will escort you to the correct room. School uniform must be worn by students for the meeting
please. This will be the first time our Year 7-9 families have been onsite for such an event; we are
very much looking forward to seeing you.
Year 11 have their RE exam on Friday morning during Tutor Parent Day, so need to be in school at
the usual time through the usual gate. They can spend the remainder of the day revising at home.
Next Thursday 11th November, is a non-uniform day. If students wish to wear non-uniform, they
need to pay £2 for the privilege, all monies will go to charity.
Lastly, congratulations to Danaya Vatova in 7M who amassed 26 rewards points this week, the most in the school – keep up the good work.
Wishing you a lovely weekend, when it gets here.
Mr Sam Jones