Dear Parents and Carers
Firstly, welcome to all of you who have joined our school community for the first time, whether it be for those with students in Year 7 or higher up the school. We are delighted to be back seeing our school bustling with students and staff – exactly how it should be. The start to the year has gone better than I could have imagined with the students very quickly picking up the new rules and ways of working.
We are aware that during this time many of you and our students may not have had the same opportunities to pray and worship. In school, we are mindful of this and are continuing to support our students in these areas. Our school Chaplains, Fran and Issie, wanted to share with you some links to the resources that we are using in school:
Current coronavirus guidance for parents
Please see below a bullet point summary outlining the latest advice for parents, regarding coronavirus:
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of taste or smell
- If a student in school shows symptoms of coronavirus and they also have any siblings in school, parents must collect the symptomatic child and any siblings
- If a child or someone in their household is displaying one or more of the main symptoms of coronavirus do not send them or their siblings to school and please inform us
- The next step is to apply for a test for the symptomatic person from: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested or calling 119
- Let the school know the result as soon as possible
- If the test result is negative, the household can return to normal
- If positive, you must continue to isolate and follow the track and trace guidelines which states the person testing positive must self-isolate for 10 days and the rest of the household must self-isolate for 14 days
- We recognise that children will become unwell with illnesses that are not coronavirus and that colds and runny noses are prevalent at this time of year. However, in line with government guidance, any child in school who is found to have one of the coronavirus symptoms in school will be isolated and you will be asked to collect them and their siblings immediately.
As many of you may have read or experienced, this year’s examinations were cancelled and we then endured five months of uncertainty whilst the government and OFQUAL worked to create a way of awarding grades. Our Year 13 students initially received a grade calculated by the examination boards but after a government review a few days later the students then received the grades that their teachers believed they would have achieved, the centre assessed grades. Thankfully for our Year 11s, they all received these centre assessed grades on results day. We are delighted for our students and incredibly proud of them as they move to the next step in their education or training. Our results at A Level were particularly impressive with 68% of our grades being grade B or better and 93% C grade or better.
We pride ourselves on our uniform and dress and this year we have been delighted with how students have returned but I wish to provide a few reminders regarding:
- Coats should be plain black or navy blue with no large logos, motifs or patterns
- Skirts must not be worn rolled up
- There is no make or jewellery allowed in school
- We do not allow mobile phones in school and phones in school will be confiscated and you will be asked to collect them on your child’s behalf
- In the Sixth Form please ensure the dress code is followed to the letter
Masks and face coverings
Thank you for your support in ensuring your children have plain masks which are being worn in school. These should be worn on public transport both to and from school. Where students have forgotten their face covering, they must buy a replacement from the school office for 50p.
As our lunches have been staggered over an extended period of time it has been impossible to provide our usual excellent range of food due to a shortage of preparation time. Therefore, we are currently running a grab and go style menu for lunch with mainly sandwiches and jacket potatoes. We will constantly review this approach and as soon as we can we will expand the offer.
Free school meals
Please take the time to check online to see if you could be eligible for Free School Meals, it may open up a range of support beyond just Free School Meals for your children. Follow this link to find out more:
Thank you again for your support during these times.