Headteacher's Weekly Update - 8th October 2021
I hope this letter finds you and your families well, a Friday update for you as always.
The Senior Leadership Team have been in lessons these past few weeks soaking up the learning that has been taking place in classrooms, in every subject, and across the year groups. It has been very interesting to witness, first hand, our longer lessons and the return to teaching in specialist
classrooms. It never fails to impress me, how skilled and creative our teachers are and what exciting lessons they plan and execute each and every day.
The longer lessons definitely enable a deepening of learning and allow many practical activities to
take place within the lesson, with time for follow up and conclusions to be drawn afterwards. I have also loved watching our students’ response to these lessons and have had many interesting
conversations with students, after the lesson has finished, about how well they did in the lesson and
how impressed I was with their attitude and intelligence. Another thing noted was how cold the
classrooms can now become, due to the change in weather and the need to keep rooms ventilated
due to Covid. Please encourage your child to layer up, to ensure they keep warm in the classroom
whilst our Covid safety measures are in place.
One positive case this week of Covid-19 in a student, at the time of writing, hopefully our move to
re-introduce masks, as well as diligent home testing from families, has worked well, to reduce the
spread of the virus. As always, students have coped with this change incredibly well. The wearing
of masks in school will continue until further notice; thank you for your cooperation
At a governors meeting this week, we had an interesting conversation about the food in our canteen and the costings for families. We concluded that it would be helpful for families to know what is available and at what cost:
The above segues nicely into an update on our cashless catering. We are hoping to introduce
cashless catering after the half term holiday. In order for us to do this, families need to sign up for a
cashless account. If you haven’t already signed up for your account, please use the accompanying
links. Thank you to families that have already done so.
This coming Wednesday 13th October is our Open Evening. We have sold out the 240 family tickets available during the three slots (80 families per slot) between 5.30pm and 8pm which is fantastic news. Our reputation locally continues to grow each year, which is very pleasing. If you know of anyone who was unable to get a ticket, please ask them to get in contact and we will do our best to organise a tour of the school at another time. We will be uploading a recording of my address to families to our website after the event. In a slight change to the time previously published on MyEd, students will be expected in school at 10.40am the following day - Thursday 14th
Finally, congratulations to Momina Tariq in 10C, who amassed twenty-four rewards points last week to top the charts for the school; she, along with many others, has made a fantastic start to the
As always, please get in contact if you have any questions or queries about your child’s education.
Mr Sam Jones