Issue 902: 25th September 2020

New advice from Public Health England

Pupils in Self-Isolation

In the event that your son/daughter has to self-isolate due to having been identified as a “close contact” of someone who has tested positive, we will provide them with the resources they need to continue their learning from home.

As I am sure you will appreciate, there is a lot of work that needs to be done behind the scenes before we are able to set the necessary work, and this can only be done once we have established a definitive list of the pupils who are self-isolating. Once we have that list, we will then set up an external study group on our school website, which can be accessed by those pupils who are isolating. Teachers will then be able to upload the appropriate work for each pupil.

The advice from Public Health England, on Tuesday this week, was to identify “close contacts” of the person who has tested positive. This has meant that in many cases teaching staff will only have a few pupils out of their classes, and so will continue to teach their full timetable, which is often a full 5-period day. With this in mind, please do bear with us, as it is likely that class work will not be set until the beginning of day 2 of the period of self-isolation. From day 2, pupils will be able to access work from individual teachers via Show My Homework.

During day 1 of the self-isolation period, pupils can access work via BBC Bitesize, the Oak National Academy, GCSE Pod, or catch up with home learning and/or revise recently completed work.
Please rest assured that we are committed to providing the very best possible education for all our pupils during this time of change and challenge, and we will always do our very best to ensure that work is set as soon as possible. However, it does take some time to set this up, and so your patience and understanding is very much appreciated.


New Website

I am delighted to announce the launch of our new website, please do go to to have a look. We have worked hard to ensure that the new site is user friendly, informative and easy to navigate. You can find information about our school, including news and events, our policies and procedures, and, once you have received your login details, you will also be able to access Go4Schools direct from the website. You will also soon be able to view our brand new Virtual Open Evening videos which we have created in place of our usual Open Evening and programme of tours. I do hope you will find the new website helpful and easy to use.

Face Coverings

Please can I ask you to remind your son/daughter that they must wear face coverings when travelling on public transport, and that they must wear them for the duration of their journey. If they do not wear an appropriate face covering, they are likely to be refused entry onto the bus, or asked to get off.

Given the latest advice from the Government from earlier this week, we continue to fully support any of our pupils and staff who wish to wear face coverings in communal areas. However, face coverings should not be worn in classrooms. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.


With the measures in place to minimise risk at movement times during the day, pupils are expected to move around the outside of the building, using the nearest exits and entrances to classroom bases. Given that the weather is now changing, please remind your son/daughter to bring a coat to school and to wear it when moving between lessons. As windows have to remain open for the purpose of ventilation, pupils will also be allowed to wear their coats in lessons, should they choose to do so.


Some books have been banned, or officially challenged, in schools and libraries all over the world.

They are, however, available for you to borrow in the school Library!

Why not find out for yourself what the fuss is about?

Email with ‘Banned Book Lucky Dip’ in the message title, collect on your allocated day & discover why that book was banned!

Library Click & Collect Service

Pupils can have access to the Library computers (for homework purposes only) before school from 07:45, BUT this will be on a rotation for each Year Group as follows:

  • Monday Year 7
  • Tuesday Year 8
  • Wednesday Year 9
  • Thursday Year 10
  • Friday Year 11

VI Form students will have books delivered to their form.

Please login on the Library online catalogue,!dashboard to search and reserve books for our new Click & Collect Service.

You can collect your library books after school (14.55-15.15) on your allocated day.

If you need help in choosing a book then email or complete this form:


Book of the Week

by Laura Kirkpatrick

“Molly Seabrook is not impressed. She has to dress up as a haddock to promote the family fish ‘n’ chip shop, and her best friend has joined the ‘popular’ gang. Without her.

And then she turns into a mermaid. Growing up is hard enough without sprouting a fish tail in Double Maths, or disguising your gills from the cute boy at the ice cream kiosk. Will she sink or swim? You’ll have to wait and SEA …”

A funny story of family, friendships and fitting in.

One of the free Bookbuzz choices for Year 7

25th September is Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Try these recipes and have your own coffee morning …

Year 6 Virtual Open Event Find out more
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