Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a very busy week indeed and with the end of term approaching, I would be grateful for everyone taking a moment to catch up on recent and upcoming events:


Illness & Attendance

Thank you for continuing to support us in keeping attendance strong at the moment; I appreciate it is a challenging time now that social distancing has ended and bugs are circulating.

Please let us know if your child needs support with any medication (e.g. paracetamol / Calpol) – they should not carry these around themselves but we can look after them in the office.

Pupils must not contact parents directly – this makes it really difficult for us to manage situations effectively if they need support.


Regarding medical advice for Strep A, please read my letter here: STREP A LETTER


The key points are:

What are the symptoms of Strep A/scarlet fever?

Strep A infections can cause a range of symptoms that parents should be aware of, including:
• Sore throat
• Headache
• Fever
• A fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel
• On darker skin the rash can be more difficult to detect visually but will have a sandpapery feel

If a child becomes unwell with these symptoms, please advise parents to contact their GP practice or contact NHS 111 (which operates a 24/7 service) to seek advice.

If a child has scarlet fever, advise they stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.


What should parents do?

Parents should trust their own judgement and if their child seems seriously unwell call 999 or go to A&E if:
• a child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs
• there are pauses when a child breathes
• a child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue
• a child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake.


Events this week

We’ve had a fine array of pre- Christmas events this week including a visit from a local artist, the KS3 Disco and information evenings on the Paris Trip and the Teenage Brain. Thank you to everyone who has attended or been involved. Please contact the office if you need an update because you were unable to attend (e.g. the Paris Trip information).

Our Social Media feeds – Facebook and Twitter accounts – have further details also – please do follow them.

Well done to all of our Year 11 pupils who took part in the Walking Talking Mocks practice in Maths and Science this week.


Events next week

Please remember that we finish at 1:30pm on the last day of term on Friday 16 December

We also have the following taking place next week:


January 2023

A reminder that Tuesday 3 January is an INSET day. Year 11 pupils are required to be in on this day, but other year groups are not.

All other year groups will return on Wednesday 4 January


Wishing you all a most restful and pleasant weekend and hoping the weather stays clear and bright

God bless you all at this time of Advent!


John Cornish