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Letter from the Headteacher - Back In The Swing Of Things

Dear Parents and Carers

After our first full week of the Spring Term, we continue to be really pleased with our students’ uniform. They have looked incredibly smart. Once again, if any parents need support in purchasing any uniform, please contact the school. However, we have noticed that some students are arriving by foot or by car beyond 8.45am in the morning and we would like to remind parents and carers that registration does start at 8.45am. Students should be seated in their tutor room by that time.

We would also like to thank Claire Shobbrook (6th Form Pastoral Co-ordinator) for organising the vaccination team to come in to school for a second time. This particular session was for 6th Form, Year 11 students that are already 16 and staff allowing those people to receive either their 1st, 2nd or booster dose. The vaccination team were onsite all day and we would like to thank the medical and military staff for their kindness and hard work. We expect the vaccination team to be in touch again soon to arrange the next batch of 12 to 15 year old jabs and this date will be communicated to parents as soon as we receive it. The vaccination team were very complimentary about our 6th Form and Y11 students. It is heartening to have such positive feedback from visitors to our school.

Knowledge Organisers

We are delighted to report that the KS4 KOs have arrived in school and have been distributed to tutors ready for Monday. The KS3 KOs will be in school early next week. We would like to thank our students who have continued to work hard in Prep Time and continued to complete their KO work despite not having a physical copy of the book. This shows that that our students understand the value of this independent learning time and we know that this will continue. Please note that the Spring Term KOs contain a ‘Challenge’ statement and suggestions for extending some of the learning strategies. We expect all our Most Able Students to complete these tasks regularly and encourage all students to try these from time to time.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Mr Law, our Minister of Fun, continues to work hard to ensure that our students as many fun and positive experiences in school as possible. We refer you to the list of clubs below and encourage our students to attend as many of those clubs as possible. Mr Law is also continuing to plan trips to various high profile that overtime will hopefully suit everyone’s interests. These will be regularly advertised so please do keep an eye out for them.

Activities Week 2022

Mr James is also putting the final plans together for Activities Week 2022 and we will inform students and their parents/carers how those activities will be advertised including the booking process.

PCR & LFD Testing & Self-Isolation Update

The Governmental guidance continues to change rapidly and can be confusing for everyone and we will once again attempt to offer some clarity. As we know, the Government has temporarily suspended the use of PCR tests. However, the guidance does say that people could book a follow up PCR test after a positive LFD test for the following reasons:

  • · have been advised to take a PCR test because they are in a clinically vulnerable group

  • have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme

  • have received a positive day 2 LFD after arriving into the UK

If anyone has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, they are strongly advised to take a PCR test, not an LFD test. If someone with symptoms has already taken an LFD test for any reason and the result is positive, they do not need to take a follow-up PCR test.

LFD Testing from Monday 17th January

  • People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6

  • The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace

  • If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest

  • Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation

This means that the completion of at home LFD tests is really important. We would again like to thank our parents/carers for supporting their child to complete two LFD tests at home on Sundays and Wednesdays each week. Some students have tested positive through this process and are self-isolating at home.

We currently have 17 PCR and 35 LFD cases within the student body out of 1100 students. All but 18 of those cases will have completed their self-isolation by Monday 17th January. We also have 5 members of staff that are having to self-isolate but also hope and expect them to return next week.

Therefore, as it stands, we do not feel that we need to make any further adjustments to our procedures and rest assured the school will continue to monitor and make any adjustments in our way of working in line with any further guidance. This guidance will always be clearly communicated to our students and their Parents/Carers.

I hope all our students and their families enjoy the weekend.

Yours sincerely

Steve Rogers


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