Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to a summary of the week’s events at All Saints.

Events this week…

I would like to start by thanking our History and RE Departments for spending time with pupils this week reflecting on the terrible tragedy of the Second World War as part of the build up to Holocaust Memorial Day. This is taking place this year tomorrow, 27 January. Please see here for more information: https://www.hmd.org.uk/

With some very unsettling global events taking place at the moment, I would urge every pupil and family to remember what a precious thing peace is.

Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance to reflect on what we can all do to avoid a similar tragedy again but also a good time at which to once again reject racism in any form. It has been lovely to welcome a number of pupils who have recently joined us from a large number of communities. Your children are welcome and valued at All Saints!

In addition to this piece of work, we have had a number of other events taking place including lots of sports clubs (trampolining is very well attended at the moment), sports fixtures across the year groups, preparing pupils for the Maths Challenge, Year 10 Mocks and more. No wonder it is feeling like the term is flying by already!

Coming up…

Thank you for your messages of support regarding the Ofsted Report. We are working relentlessly to address the areas of improvement identified and I must say that Year 11 and 10 are working hard. A reminder that our Key Stage 4 Knowledge Organiser (for Year 10 & 11) can be found here: Year-11-Knowledge-Organiser-En-Sc-Ma.pdf (allsaints-academy.co.uk).

This is a powerful document for pupils to use at home for self quizzing and revision. We will be rolling out further documents for KS3 later this year.

Regarding Ofsted, please be aware that there may be a story in the Echo over the weekend. In this, I have encouraged them to focus on the positives if they feel able to whilst also fully acknowledging the areas for improvement.

A key area of system pressure at the moment is staffing  in schools. We are not along in facing recruitment and retention challenges and I am sorry if your child has experienced some disruption to normal lessons this week. We are working hard as a whole staff team to deliver everyday but there have been some knock-ons, with my own capacity, for example, being affected at the moment. Please excuse any out of hours emails you may receive from me at the moment.

On a very practical level, between now and the end of term, we have the following coming up:

Certainly from our perspective, it feels like there is a huge amount of good work going on and I hope your child has a link to one of the above events (or indeed another one) so they are feeling encouraged and challenged at school. Thank you for working with us where you child may need some further support.

Wishing you all a restful weekend

Kindest Regards

John Cornish