Issue 924: 26th March 2021


Easter Holidays

I do hope that you and your families enjoy a restful and relaxing Easter break, after such a difficult few months. It is wonderful that after 29th March we will be able to meet up, outside, with one other household, or up to 6 people from different households, however please can I ask you to remind your son/daughter that they should still observe all social distancing rules, and should not congregate outside in large groups. If we all follow the Government guidelines, hopefully we can start to see an end to the restrictions which we have all had to observe for such a long time, and can look forward to a return to normal in the near future.


Given that our pupils and students have only recently returned to face-to-face teaching, and that every hour is crucial, especially to allow our Year 11 pupils and Year 13 students the best possible opportunity to demonstrate what they can achieve, we have made the decision to move our published non-pupil day to later in the year. This means that pupils and students should come into school, as usual, on Friday 30th April but school will now be closed on Monday 7th June 2021 to enable teachers to moderate pupils’ and students’ work ahead of the submission of our Centre Assessed Grades.

Start of Term Arrangements

The new term will start on Monday 12th April, at the usual time of 8.35 am for pupils in Years 7 & 8, and at 8.50 am for the rest of the school. As it stands, all the measures we have had in place since September 2020 will remain the same – this includes the home-testing programme, separate zones for each year group bubble, and the wearing of face coverings. If the DfE update their advice in relation to any of these matters, I will, of course, write to you with details, so please do continue to keep an eye on your emails.

Testing over the Easter Break

The Department for Education (DfE) has recommended that all pupils, students and staff continue to take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) twice weekly over the Easter break. All pupils and students have been provided with enough LFTs to cover the holiday period. Please can I remind you that if your son/daughter tests positive up to and including 1st April, you should report it to us immediately via, (this is as well as recording the result via TestRegister) as we are required to assist with contact tracing up to that date. Thereafter, you should notify NHS Test and Trace of any positive result. Thank you for your help and support with this.


Please can I remind you that all our pupils and students should return to school in full uniform, including jumpers and ties. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, pupils should not need to wear their coats in the classroom, and hoodies and jackets are not, and never have been, permitted. We will, of course, keep this under review should the temperature take a turn for the worse!

And Finally ...


Have a great Easter, and we will very much look forward to welcoming everyone back for the summer term.

The Video is available to watch until Friday 23rd April.


If you missed the recent online conversation with Malala, you can access it for free until 17th April, here:

Book of the Week


By Angie Thomas (YA)

“A hard-hitting return to Garden Heights with the story of Maverick Carter, Starr’s father, set seventeen years before the events of the award-winning The Hate U Give. With his King Lord dad in prison and his mom working two jobs, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter helps the only way he knows how: slinging drugs.

Life’s not perfect, but he’s got everything under control.

Until he finds out he’s a father… Suddenly it’s not so easy to deal drugs and finish school with a baby dependent on him for everything.

So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it.

But when King Lord blood runs through your veins, you don’t get to just walk away.”

A powerful voice, this story will have you gripped!

Get ready for Easter

Why not Try some of these eggs-ellent recipes …

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