News Update - Headteacher 12.06.20

12th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers


A reminder about 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. In those cases we hope students can join us online at times during those days. We hope as many as possible will be able to attend and will be in touch next week with more details.


Support using Microsoft Teams: a message from Mr Mole

If students and their parents/carers are having problem getting onto Teams, please go to the Home Learning Area of the School website where I have added a new page called Office 365 and Teams with extra guidance and a link to the Microsoft  Office website.


If you still have problems, please let your child’s form tutor know (or any staff contacting you)


City & Hackney COVID-19 bereavement service for young people and families

Unfortunately, many of us now know of someone who has been bereaved recently and many of us have experienced bereavement ourselves. Please do talk to staff in their weekly contacts if you or your children have been affected by bereavement so we can share what support is available.


I found out today that bereavement support is now available through St Joseph’s Hospice for children, young people and families who have lost a family member, care giver or other significant person due to COVID-19. This is available free of charge to children and young people up to the age of 18 who either live in City & Hackney or are registered with a City & Hackney GP, and will accept self and professional referrals. This document contains further details about the support available, eligibility criteria and how to refer.


On a personal note, I spent a lot of time at St Joseph’s some time ago when my oldest friend’s partner was terminally ill. The work they do is amazing and it is terrific that their support is being made available in this way. Please spread the word about this valuable service to anybody that needs it.


Additional food parcels

The majority of our students are entitled to free school meals and I suspect the weekly food voucher doesn’t provide as much as meals in school might do.  That is why we are continuing to offer additional food parcels for collection from school, free of charge.  They contain a mixture of fresh/tinned food and freshly-cooked food.  Please don’t hesitate to say yes if you are asked about this. If you aren’t usually entitled to free school meals but your situation has changed, please let us know that you’d like to talk to Tracy Napier or Grainne Hylton.


Thank you

Thank you for all that you are doing to keep your children learning in very difficult times.



With my warmest best wishes




Kevin McDonnell