News Update - Headteacher 05.06.20

5th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers


As we come to the end of the first week after half term, I hope that you are all making your way safely through the changing government guidance, which isn’t always as clear as it might be. I hope you have been able to see people that you previously couldn’t, but still able to keep a safe distance.


Thank you

It’s a huge ask for any family to keep their children at home rather than attend school and even harder if any of the children have special educational needs or a disability. I don’t think parents and carers are getting the credit you deserve in the media for the massively important job you are doing in keeping the spread of the virus down by keeping your children at home as much as possible. I thank you as a headteacher and as a parent myself.


Let us know

I also know that it’s been hard for many of you emotionally and/or financially. I know that it might be hard or possibly embarrassing to let school staff know if things are getting very hard to manage, but if we can find a way to help, we will.  I have asked form tutors and other staff ringing home to listen carefully when they contact you to see if there is anything that we might be able to help you with.


Use Microsoft Teams

Your children are what make us a school, and it hurts everyone that we can’t get on with business as usual. I miss every single one of the students that isn’t in school and look forward to the day when all this is behind us. I can see more and more student work on the Microsoft Teams channels, and it’s great!  If you’re not yet set up to use Teams, please let the next school staff member to ring you know and we will get it sorted as soon as possible.


Provision in school

We have expanded our provision to children needing additional support from other agencies such as Social Care or CAMHS and more key workers are returning to work and need their children to be in school.  I want to reassure you that we have taken every step that we can to make the school a safe place for both students and staff, but there is a long way to go before we can  get children safely back in class groups, or even half class groups.


Years 11 and 12

To support Years 11 and 12 make a proper transition into the next stages of their education, we plan to have each of those year groups in school for 2 days each.  This is of course dependent on everything continuing to run safely and well, but we want you to have the dates well in advance.

The dates we have agreed are

  • Year 11 Tues 23 and Weds 24 June
  • Year 12 Tues 30 June and Weds 1 July

We are inviting all students from those year groups into school on those days unless they have been asked to shield. We hope as many as possible will be able to attend and will be in soon with more details.


With my warmest best wishes




Kevin McDonnell