Headteacher Update 16th December 2021


Dear Parent

I hope you are well. This week’s email is a day early.


We break up tomorrow at 1pm with the expectation that students will return to school on Wednesday 5th January 2022. As I mentioned last week it is our current intention that there will not be a staggered start to the term as we want to minimise disruption to the education of our young people as far as possible. We ask that all students carry out a Lateral Flow Test at home on Tuesday 4th January. We will then supervise a further test in the usual way over the next 3 days in school. This minimises the amount of time our students will need to be out of lessons.


This approach assumes that there will be a normal return to school in January. In the event that we have to move to remote learning from home, please work with your child to (re)familiarise them with the process. Here is the link to some very useful resources on home learning led by Miss Peña:

Website - https://www.hartfordhigh.org.uk/academic/home-learning.php

Home Learning at Hartford Church of England High School

View our video guides to Home Learning and current Zoom lessons timetable for Hartford Church of England High School in Northwich, Cheshire




If you have a child in Year 7 and 11 you will know that I hand deliver their birthday card, unless the birthday takes place during a school holiday. I have given out cards directly to students up to and including Monday 20th December. The rest have been posted; please accept my apologies if they are late due to the Christmas post.


At this point of the pandemic we can only hope and pray that we will return to school as ‘normal’ in January. As your Headteacher and a public servant I have to say how proud I am of the whole school community over the past 2 years. Our children have shown resilience and determination in spades and our staff have been outstanding too – I wonder how many schools of over 1000 students have got through the whole of this term without having to employ supply teachers? This in itself is just one measure of the commitment of my colleagues.


We know that some children and families may find the Christmas period a difficult time, therefore please find our support letter attached and visit our website for further support.

We were able to take Year 7 students to St John’s Church in Hartford this week as well as to hold a remote service for Year 8 students in their Tutor Groups. It was joyous to be able to go to our Parish Church with our students after a gap of two years

Once again I read my favourite Bible passage from the gospel of John: ‘The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it’. The only reason we celebrate Christmas is that we celebrate the birth (and life and promise) of Jesus. As a Christian and as the Head of a Church of England school I believe it is Jesus who brings light into the world – even when we are surrounded by darkness. There may be more darkness over the coming months as the number of Covid-19 cases soars again; but the light of hope will continue to burn brightly and the darkness will not overcome it.

However you choose to celebrate Christmas I hope it is a peaceful and safe time for you and your loved ones; and to everyone, I truly hope you have a happy and healthy 2022.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland