Issue 920: 26th February 2021

Return to School

Since I wrote to you at the beginning of the week, we have been planning the practical details regarding our pupils’ and students’ return to school. We continue to liaise closely with Essex County Council and local schools, as well as digesting the daily updates from the Department for Education (DfE). Once our arrangements have been finalised I will write to you again, however these are likely to include the phased return of pupils to facilitate the requirement to test pupils and students prior to their full time return to school. Please do keep an eye on your emails for important updates.

Supporting our Pupils and Students

We fully recognise that this further period of school closure will have had an impact on all of our pupils and student, and for some more than others. Heads of Year and senior staff have been actively monitoring and evaluating both attendance and engagement in learning, during this time, to identify where further support may be required. For everyone, the return will mean reconnecting with face-to-face learning and settling back into a structured routine. In order to ease this transition back to school, next week there will be two tutor group sessions and a year group assembly around wellbeing. Please do encourage them to attend these sessions and take part.


Examination News

If your child is in one of the year groups affected by the cancellation of examinations this year, please do check your emails for a letter from Mr Hawkings, Assistant Head i/c Examinations, with an update following the Secretary of State for Education’s announcement yesterday. Once again, thank you to everyone who contributed to the Ofqual/DfE Consultation.

And Finally

Hopefully, we are starting to see some light at the end of, what has been, a very long tunnel! We are all very much looking forward to the energy and positivity that the pupils and students bring to our school. It has been very quiet and lonely here!!

Have a nice weekend.

World Book Day – Thursday 4th March

The winners of the Library’s Design a book-related face mask competition will be revealed next Thursday on World Book Day!
There is still time to enter as the closing date is Monday 1st March!

You can also check out some of the free author podcasts on the World Book Day website:


Use your FREE World Book Day – Book Token to redeemed for one of this year’s special £1 books or as £1 discount on a book of your choice from participating booksellers.

You can discover the £1 free books here:

Click on the button download the booklet :

Book of the Week

by Karen McManus


“The Story family are rich, beautiful & glamourous. But they are abruptly disinherited by their mother with a single sentence:


Decades later, cousins Aubrey, Milly & Jonah Story receive a mysterious invitation to spend the summer at their grandmother’s resort. They’re determined to find out why and discover the truth. But some secrets are better left alone….”


This is an excellent, fast-paced thriller with intrigue, mystery, danger and family!
By the author of One of Us is Lying, One of Us is Next and Two Can Keep a Secret, this is her best yet!

The 20th to 28th of February is Real Bread Week.

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