Issue 1018: 29th September 2023


Open Evening

On Tuesday this week we hosted our annual Open Evening, and were delighted to welcome so many visitors to Sweyne Park.

Thank you to our incredible Tour Guides who did a fantastic job showing parents and prospective pupils around our school.  We have had so much positive feedback on how well they did and they really were fantastic ambassadors for our school.

In addition, we had some brilliant department helpers who worked really hard to ensure that we could show our school at its very best.

I was incredibly proud of all the pupils and students who gave up their time to support us on such an important evening for the school.

Parents’ Forum

We highly value our strong home-school working partnership and consider it a very important part of how we can work together to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our pupils and students.

Our Parents’ Forum provides an opportunity for parents/carers to meet with myself and Richard Bradley, Assistant Headteacher i/c Safeguarding, to discuss whole school matters, provide feedback and raise new viewpoints.

The Forum meets once every half term and all parents are welcome to attend.  The purpose of the Forum is to share ideas and provide constructive feedback to benefit the whole school, it is not the place for parents/carers to raise specific queries or concerns relating to their own child.

If you do have any personal matters you would like to discuss, our Heads of Year are always happy to meet with you and provide support.


If you would like to attend the next Parents’ Forum at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 17th October please contact Richard Bradley on


Young Carers

We currently provide support to over 40 Young carers at our school.  A Young Carer is defined as a pupil/student who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability and/or a mental health problem relies upon them for support.  This could include:

  • Practical tasks, like cooking, housework and shopping
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed
  • Emotional support, including managing distressing situations
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions
  • Helping to administer medicine
  • Helping someone communicate
  • Looking after brothers and sisters


We understand that such a responsibility can be extremely challenging for some children and so, over the coming weeks we will be increasing the level of support we give to our Young Carers.

This will include 1:1 sessions with specially trained support workers and the introduction of a Young Carers’ Passport which will contain information on adjustments which have been agreed to acknowledge their additional challenges.

Whilst not all of our Young Carers will choose to take up the offer of a passport, for those that do, it will prevent them from having to repeatedly explain their family circumstances.

We do hope that this will help our Young Carers to get the very best they can out of their time at Sweyne Park.  If your child has caring responsibilities and you would like to talk to us about getting some additional support, please contact Ms Birnie via

And Finally….

Have a lovely weekend.

open evening 2023

Men's Artistic Gymnastics at South Essex Gymnastics Club

Noah received a gold medal and trophey yesterday for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics at South Essex Gymnastics Club. He got gold for Floor and Vault, Silver for Rings and Parallel Bars, Gold overall. He was presented his medal by Max Whitlock, Olympic Champian.
This is Noah’s 2nd year with 1st place!.


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‘Mrs Doubtfire’ The Musical

Jena Keenleyside reporting

On Thursday 21st September pupils and staff from the Resource Base for Deaf Pupils were lucky enough to travel to London to watch the musical ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Joined by 2 Year 6 pupils and Mrs Bird from Glebe, we made the journey by train and tube which was quite an adventure!

The musical has been adapted from the popular film starring the late Robin Williams and was packed full with singing, dancing and lots of costume changes for the actor playing Mrs Doubtfire! There was lots of comedy alongside some more tender moments. We all loved it and would thoroughly recommend it to others-in fact one of our pupils said it was the best show he’d ever seen!



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