Headteacher Update 16th July 2021

16/07/21

Dear Parent,

Welcome to my last email of term time for this academic year.

In September we return as follows:

  • TUESDAY 31ST AUGUST:                        YEAR 7 INDUCTION DAY
  • WEDNESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER:               INSET DAY
  • THURSDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER:                 INSET DAY
  • FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER:                      INSET DAY
  • MONDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER:                    YEAR 7 INDUCTION; YEARS 8 – 11 PROGRESS DAY
  • TUESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER:                    YEARS 7 – 11 IN SCHOOL

 

Lateral Flow testing will take place from Tuesday 31st August to Monday 6th September. Please keep a look out for communications regarding the fine details for this. Additionally, please be aware that in the new school year, school will end at 3pm as we have reintroduced movement time between lessons.

 

We have celebrated with all of our students today in Tutor Groups (face to face and virtually) their achievements this year at our Commendation Days; we cannot wait to get back to collective gatherings in school as soon as it is safe to do so. I also had the delight of attending a very small scale Music concert in school last week with 6 of our Year 11 students performing to a socially distanced audience of fewer than 30 people. It was so nice to be able to see the students in an extra-curricular setting; we have so much that is positive to look forward to in the next academic year.

We know that the year has been disrupted by a lengthy lockdown as well as a number of self-isolation periods for many of our students but please be assured that we have plans in place to support all students in recovering any learning loss over the next academic year.

We say goodbye to a number of staff today – Miss Timm, Miss Yeadon, Miss Stobie, Mrs Bishop, Miss Hesketh, Miss Pearson and Mrs Harries – and I would like to thank them for their contributions and wish them well in their next ventures.

More generally I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my fantastic colleagues. They have worked with such determination, skill and enthusiasm in very challenging circumstances over the past 18 months; they have adapted so well to a rapidly changing social and educational environment and they should be rightly proud of their achievements.

In particular I must pay tribute to our excellent Deputy Headteachers: Miss Naylor and Miss Peña. Amongst many other things they have to do, Miss Naylor has overseen the very fine detail of the school response to Covid-19 and Miss Peña has been responsible for ensuring that the quality of educational provision and teaching and learning has continued to remain high.

On a personal level I must thank them for deputising for me in school when I was forced to shield between Christmas and Easter due to my ongoing cancer treatment (Immunotherapy); thank you too to the many parents and students who have taken a genuine interest in my welfare over the past year; your prayers and good wishes have been humbling and I am very grateful for your concern and support.

 

A wonderful woman I knew has the following epitaph on her gravestone: it matters more to be on the path than to worry where it is leading. I’m not sure I actually agree with the sentiment as I always want to know exactly where I’m going; but at least now I can use it to take solace in the fact that the England football team performed admirably on the path to the Euro 2020 final.

Enjoy the summer break!

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland