Headteacher Update 18th February 2022


Dear Parent

17 years of Headship do not make decisions regarding the potential closure of school for any reason any easier. Clearly, the decision to open was the correct one with hindsight but that doesn’t help when I am agonising over the pros and cons whilst online at 6am with 8 other Secondary Headteachers, as I was this morning!

We are now well over half way through the school year. The next half term is 5 weeks, the half term after is 6 weeks and we end with a half term of 7 weeks. For Year 11 students this means that we have just 9 school weeks before the start of GCSE examinations; the examinations themselves last for 5 school weeks.


Please see below a message regarding vaccinations from Public Health England that we have been asked to share with parents.

Information for parents of pupils aged 5 to 17 years old on the vaccination programme

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions. Being vaccinated minimises the need for children and young people to have time off from school or college, and helps them to continue to carry out their hobbies, attend social events and live their lives to the full.

We have published some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Please share these FAQs with parents, particularly those with children who are clinically vulnerable.

Guidance on how to book appointments for children aged 12 years and over is available on the NHS website. Further information on the vaccination of high risk children aged 5 to 11 years old is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).


And finally for this half term…next half term I will give you an update with where we are with school uniform for the next academic year. I hope you can anjoy a break over half term.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland