Thank you for your support in ensuring our students have returned for the summer term in very smart uniform and arriving promptly to school. It is a pleasure to have had them return and to have a start of term with no significant changes to the national guidance.
It is very important that as we progress through the roadmap out of lockdown that we continue to follow all of the control measures. Please ensure you are completing the twice weekly testing with as many members of your household as possible. Test kits for households are now available from local pharmacies – you can just collect.
Please do not send your child to school if they have any of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Please email email@example.com if your child completes a positive lateral flow test so we can take swift action to isolate students who have been in close contact.
Please make sure you report every test result for your child to the school using this form:
Please be careful to use the format of your child’s name as at the top of this letter and to enter the date of the test in the format DD/MM/2021.
We do appreciate you taking the time to do this so we can track the effectiveness of our control measure of testing.
At the start of this academic year, we reduced our food offer and simplified our pricing to ensure we could manage the new arrangements of staggered lunches smoothly. We are now in a position to return to full individual pricing of food and students do not have to purchase a full meal but can purchase individual items.
The meal deal at £2.30 will remain in place and there is now a menu of daily meals.
This information can be found on the catering section of our website
We had some very unpleasant activity taking place on Instagram over the holiday which many parents reported to us. The account has now been closed down but we understand it is the second time this account has appeared.
Those students who have been identified as being part of this are all being sanctioned. Should any student be involved in activity on social media that names the school, links to the school or conducts themselves in activity which is bullying or harassing in its nature, if the evidence is given to us, we will sanction.
Please monitor carefully the activity in which your child is engaging.
This week we have delivered an assembly on sexual harassment and sexual violence. This will be followed up with tutor materials on sexual harassment. The feedback from students has been that although a difficult topic, it was an area which needed to be spoken about more. Sexual harassment would include sexual jokes, comments, drawings, what might often be referred to as “banter” or “boys will be boys”. None of these are acceptable and will be sanctioned accordingly including further education for students as required.
One of our key values is kindness and this has been the focus of this message.
After school clubs
The roadmap out of lockdown now allows after school clubs, provided the existing bubbles are maintained. This means we can run some year group sports clubs in years 9, 10 and 11 as they are whole year group bubbles.
From next week the following will be running:
Monday: Year 10 and 11 Football Academy with SIGMA Sports Academy staff
Tuesday: Year 10 Recreational clubs: Volleyball, tennis, ultimate frisbee
Wednesday: Year 9 Recreational clubs: Volleyball, tennis, ultimate frisbee
Thursday: Year 10 and 11 Ruby Academy with SIGMA Sports Academy staff
The clubs will run from 3pm to 4pm. If students do not normally have PE on these days, then they should bring PE kit to change into at the end of the school day.
The registers will be taken on Edulink so you will be able to see if your child is present by going to the “clubs” section on Edulink.
There will be a separate letter issued to parents of year 11 students regarding further information around exam assessments and a consultation on the year 11 leaving event.
Many thanks again for your support.
Head of School