Dear Parents & Carers

Please take a moment to read this week’s updates.


1 “Sweating the small stuff”

Please can I say a huge thank you to parents and carers for your support with uniform and mobile phones this week. I really appreciate how you have come to site to have conversations with us about phone issues in particular.

It has been interesting to see how pupils have reacted to being parted from their device. Whilst the mobile is clearly here to stay, I am a little concerned about the dependency many pupils demonstrate.

If you are concerned that your child may be addicted to their device, please do contact us to explore what can be done. Equally, you may wish to read the NHS Advice on Addiction which clearly acknowledges technology as a possible point of addiction:


2 Year 11 Exams

Well done to Year 11 for your work on the first exam (BTEC ICT) that took place yesterday, and also for the first Turbo Timetable session which was for RE. Pupils were given individual, personalised copies of their timetables this week. Any problems, please email [email protected]

On Monday, we have Religious Studies and Engineering exams in the morning and the Science Turbo Timetable in the afternoon.

The exam timetable can be found here

Also, there is further information about the JCQ rules available here

It is important that pupils do not wear any sort of watch or other technology. They must have a clear plastic water bottle and pencil case.

Pupils should arrive early so that there is time to settle, prepare and plan and complete the final checks before the exams.


3 Lockdown

We managed to complete the lockdown drill this week which was a really good effort from all concerned. Locking down the site in less than 90 seconds showed that we are in a good place to use this policy should we ever need to.

We will rehearse the drill again in the summer term and then three times annually thereafter.

Thank you for reassuring pupils about this drill – I am sorry once again about the delay and am grateful for pupils’ behaviour and attitude throughout.



Our value of the week next week is kindness. With the impact of the pandemic still very much in full view and with all of the disruption we have all endured, I would be grateful for everyone considering how we can all show and share kindness to one another.  Both random acts of kindness and deliberate acts of kindness go such a long way to boosting one another up and helping spread a little happiness.

Enjoy a great weekend

Kind Regards

John Cornish