Issue 905: 16th October 2020

Emailing the School

As we are all communicating more and more via email, we have created a new account for Pupil Services to allow parents/carers to contact them directly. This will ensure that we can deal with your query even more quickly and with greater efficiency. Please use for all matters relating to:

•  Pupil absence
•  Pupil medication
•  Lockers/Lost Property
•  Arrangements for dropping off forgotten items
•  Requests for calls home from teachers
•  Change of contact details
•  ParentPay enquiries
•  Any other pupil-related matters

If you have any IT-related issues, including problems logging in to SMHW or Go4Schools, or you need passwords to be re-set, please contact our IT Team at

For all other school-related matters, or to contact any member of the Senior Leadership Team, please continue to use


Accessing Show My Homework (SMHW)

After 23rd October, pupils and students will need to logon to SMHW using their school email address, ( and their usual school “computer” password. Please remind your son/daughter that they must login via the Office 365 button on the front page of the SMHW website.

This change will streamline all logins and make it easier for our IT Team to re-set passwords and help with any problem logging-in.

External Exams 2021

As you will have seen on the news, a decision has now been taken with regards to next year’s external exams. The arrangements, as they stand today, are that GCSE and A-Level exams will go ahead, but will start three weeks later than usual, on 7th June, ending on 2nd July 2021 for almost all subjects.

Results Day will be Tuesday 24th August for A-Levels,
and Friday 27th August for GCSEs.

I am sure that you will want to make a note of these dates and avoid making any holiday arrangements which may coincide. However, these plans are, as always, subject to change whilst we are in this ever-evolving situation! I will continue to keep you informed of any updates.

Year 7 receive their free BOOKBUZZ books!


Winner of the Stan Lee Excelsior Award!

Witch Hat Atelier

Michelle Waghorn reporting …

Last year, members of the Library’s Manga Club, and also some Year 8 Literacy pupils, participated in the Stan Lee Excelsior Award, where we read and discussed the five manga & graphic novels on this year’s shortlist.
“The Excelsior Award is the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga – where kids aged 11-18 decide the winner by rating each book as they read it!”
Unfortunately, Lockdown prevented us from completing, but I think most of the students will be happy with the winner!

You can find out more about the Excelsior Award here:

“Witch Hat Atelier really engaged me in the characters and their contrasting personalities. I am really considering buying Volume Two.”

Rebecca 9ALe

“This story is utterly amazing! I read it in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down. The main character is Coco; she is a human who wishes to be a witch. She likes magic because, when she was little, an old witch gave her a pen, ink and a magic picture book. She then realises that spells work when she draws them and casts a forbidden spell …

I would recommend to anyone interested in fantasy and magic.”

Sarah 9DGa

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 Kamone Shirahama

“A beautifully-illustrated story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be.

In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: she wants to be a witch.

But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with the gift for magic.

She’s resigned to her un-magical life, until a travelling magician passes through her village, and Coco learns what everybody ‘knows’ might not be the truth.”


This week (14th-20th October) is National Baking Week

Try one of these recipes …


Year 6 Virtual Open Event Find out more
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