Headteacher Update 22nd April 2022


Dear Parent

I hope you are well and managed to spend some quality time with your families over the Easter break.

We have now started half term 5 which consists of 28 school days; as ever there is a lot to pack in. Year 11 start GCSE examinations three weeks on Monday, Year 7 have today returned from 3 excellent days at the Conway Centre and next week is the week of our school production: We Will Rock You.

If you would like to know what your children will be learning this half term simply follow this link to our website:


During Citizenship Days yesterday students in various year groups studied a huge array of topics. These included: Year 8 comparing religions of Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam as well as attending their first service at our Parish Church of St John’s in Hartford: Year 9 looking at the relationship and health topics of consent, pornography, virginity, LGBT, road awareness and First Aid; Year 10 studying employability skills of interview techniques, writing CVs and Personal Statements, and a session on potential future vocational courses and Apprenticeships; Year 11 listened to a motivational speaker and had the chance for focused revision sessions in English, Maths, Science and MFL. The feedback has been very positive and we would like to thank the large number of external guests who helped the day run so well.

I wrote to you in March outlining the tweaks we are making to the school uniform from September. With this in mind we have agreed that students who choose to wear skirts will be able to wear socks instead of tights from the start of May; we will be using assemblies next week to reiterate our expectations regarding uniform (amongst other things) for the rest of this academic year and for 2022 - 2023.

There is some confusion amongst students regarding 'summer uniform' - in the past this has only ever been in place for the final half term of the school year (June and July) and this will remain the case for the removal of blazers. The weather forecast for the rest of April indicates a highest temperature of 17 degrees (and no rain - but I'm sceptical about that!).


And finally… In the next two months I will be encouraging all of our Year 11 students to look at meeting their GCSE challenges head on with courage and the support of their families and their school. Their 1000 days at High School are coming to an end; but each individual day remains crucial.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland