Dear Parents and Carers

I hope this update finds you well.

It has been, as ever, another busy week and it seems hard to believe that we have just one week left before the October half term!

 

AAT Review

I was pleased this week to welcome colleagues from Ambitions Academies Trust to undertake our annual Quality of Education review.

The team identified many strengths – continued improvements in our curriculum , strong personal development opportunities and a thriving careers programme.

In terms of improvements, we will update our behaviour policy, expand our reading interventions and make clearer links between subject areas.

Thank you to all pupils and staff who took part in the review.

 

Safeguarding

I have been concerned this week about a worrying trend.

A very small number of pupils have deliberately burnt themselves with deodorant sprays. Please remember that aerosols are not allowed in school and will be confiscated. We will undertake random searches over the next couple of weeks.

A full letter will follow next week with more details.

 

Events this week

Well done to all Year 9 pupils who took part in the visit to the Imperial War Memorial Museum in London this week to commemorate the Holocaust.

Pupil behaviour was impeccable and everyone agreed that the visit was thought provoking and moving.

We have also continued to welcome external visitors to school to share careers and employment advice and guidance – please see our Facebook / Twitter feeds and the careers section of our website for more information.

 

Behaviour

It is clear that Covid 19 has had a long impact on schools, with an interesting article being released this week in online by the BBC.

I must stress the following points to all parents and pupils:

Thank you for supporting the above.

 

Upcoming Events

There are a number of upcoming events that have either been advertised or are ones to watch out for in terms of letters from the school:

Stand Against Violence – we are having workshops from SAV this week. Please read the letter on our website carefully – this performance contains some reference to potentially upsetting material. There is an opt out route if pupils feel this will cause them upset.

Year 11 Revision Evening – this is taking place this Thursday after school at 6pm. Please do attend if you have children in Year 11 – there will be a number of workshops that you can choose from to attend. There is a letter on the website

Children in Need – I am pleased that the Pupil Council have written to me proposing how this can be supported. Their letter to you will be sent next week; this will be our only non-uniform day this year, so I would be grateful for everyone intending to participate contributing in advance so we can raise the maximum amount for this important charity

 

Wishing you a restful weekend

John Cornish

Principal