Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to the weekly round up of key messages. I trust you have had a good week, although I realise the national context this week has been a challenging one in terms of headlines. We must continue to do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and play our part in the national effort.
1) Feedback on remote education & on site provision
I would like to say thank you to everyone who contacts us to give us feedback about our provision at this time, both about what is going well and where we could improve . This helps us adjust our approach and deal with those individual technical Teams queries that I appreciate can be very frustrating.
I am pleased to invite all parents and carers to complete a more formal survey that will be distributed next week to allow us to gain fuller feedback about our remote education offer and on site provision at this time.
As ever, there have been a number of key pieces of communication this week regarding:
– Additional Data SIM Cards
– Free School Meal Entitlement
– Changes to the Testing Programme
– Our Anti-Bullying programme
– The Year 11 Exam Consultation – please do
– PE Provision on site
Please do visit the letters section of our website to read them and contact us if you need support
3) Staffing update
I am pleased to let you all know that Mr Peter Oxborrow, our new Vice Principal Standards visited this week. He is looking forward to beginning after Easter, as is Mr Kinsey, our new Head of Year 9. Other staff starters include Miss Cupit who has joined as a Family Liaison Officer.
4) Year 8 Parents Evening
This will take place on 27 & 28 January – please do contact the office if you need support. Appointments will be held on Schoolcloud which has proved popular so far
5) Resurfacing & Rylands Lane
I am really pleased to confirm that the playground, MUGA and Tennis Courts have been finished in terms of re-surfacing. Please see our Social Media (Facebook) feed for some pictures of this
Work commences very shortly on Rylands Lane and as soon as this is completed I will confirm again with you all.
6) ICT Upgrades
I am also pleased to confirm that we have finalised an order to upgrade student machines in S14 with brand new specifcation machines to support ICT and Media. By managing our resources well, this will also enable us to upgrade the machines in E3 meaning we are finishing the term with significantly more ICT capacity than has been the case in recent years.
Next year, we will have two additional student laptop trolleys meaning our ICT capabilities will be where they should be in the 21st century.
7) Parent Focus Group
Thank you to those of who took part in the Parent Focus Group this week. Your support and challenge is most welcome. If you would like to take part (once every six weeks or so; a short meeting with senior leaders), please contact the office and you will be invited. Working together is essential!
Finally, let’s take a moment over the weekend to pause, rest and recharge. These continue to be unprecedented days and I pray that each of you would know peace at this time. During my commute each morning I listen to music, bible readings and a range of audio books and I have been inspired this week by hearing once again about the goodness, mercy, kindness and compassion of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That the maker of the heavens and earth would delight in humankind and our day to day experience is truly amazing!