Headteacher’s Blog 06.11.2020

Hello and welcome to my blog.

First and foremost, I want to express how grateful I am to all of our parents, carers, students and their families for the support you have, and continue to offer the school during this difficult time. Managing a pandemic is challenging, but your support is really helpful and much appreciated. Thank you very much.

This week and next week, students in Year 11 have been completing their mock exams.  Unfortunately, some of our Year 11 students have had to self-isolate. We are sorry that your self-isolation has impacted on the mock exams.  You will have the opportunity to sit these exams when you return to school.  A draft timetable will have been emailed to you by the end of this week; please look out for it.

Next week, Year 13 begin their mock exams too. Good luck to all!

As you will have seen from the school holiday calendar on the website, school is closed to all students on Friday 27th November for one day only. This is due to a staff training day. Please make sure that you do not send your child into school on this day.

I am excited to inform you that we have now launched out ‘Homework Heroes’. Every week there will be ten homework heroes, in every year group. ​

To become a homework hero, students need to have submitted the most homework that week. ​

The names of our homework heroes will be shared on the school website and a message will be sent home. ​

Being a homework hero for the week also gives you the chance of winning some exciting prizes! Every time a student is a homework hero, they will get entered a prize draw, with the winners announced at the end of the half term. ​

Five homework heroes from each year group will win a £10 Love to Shop voucher. ​

Twice a half term, a group per year of top heroes from the previous couple of weeks will be invited for Krispy Kreme donuts at break-time. ​

This half term's knowledge organisers are now with students along with our new bank of tasks! If your child practices these regularly on their own with their knowledge organisers they will be taking huge steps towards their future success. No excuse for 'no homework' ever again!

These have also been sent on our homework platform, Show My Homework for students to be access electronically. Perfect for those who love to scroll for hours on end on social media - they can now scroll through all the things they need to know by Christmas. This will also help support your child if they miss any lessons.

Get involved with your child's learning by getting them to talk to you about their completed knowledge organiser activities, explaining ideas from it to you or generally quizzing them - this really will help their progress.

This year, due to COVID-19, we have been unable to sell poppies within school. We have however, purchased two wreaths which have been displayed prominently at our student hub and in our main reception. On Wednesday 11th November, the last post will be played, and we will hold a minutes’ silence to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Finally, here are some smiling faces from our third cohort of Brilliant Club members during their remote tutorial. They are studying a STEM topic entitled 'The Anthropocene vs. Deep Time: A Journey Through Earth's Climate History' and are almost ready to start their final project!

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