Issue 925: 16th April 2021

Welcome Back

I hope you all managed to enjoy some time with your family and friends during the Easter break. It was lovely to welcome back all our pupils and students on Monday, for what I hope will be a happy, healthy and successful summer term. We have been incredibly proud of how well the majority of our pupils and students have returned to school life, and, once again, embraced all of the COVID-19 measures in place throughout the school.

Expansion Project

I am pleased to report that the work to construct our new build of 6 general purpose classrooms has begun this week. The project is being managed by Essex County Council, who has appointed Morgan Sindall as the contractors. A copy of their Project Newsletter “Dear Neighbour” can be downloaded below. They will continue to provide regular updates as the project progresses. The site is self-contained and there is a physical barrier between the building site and the rest of the school, and so despite the construction work, it will be business as normal for our pupils, students and staff. We are very much looking forward to the additional capacity that the new block will afford us.


Testing Programme

I wanted to thank everyone who has engaged so well with the home-testing programme. You might be interested to know that over the two weeks of the Easter holidays we had over 6,500 tests recorded on the TestRegister platform, and I am pleased to say that every single one was negative! This is a fantastic achievement, and the continued use of these Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) really will make a difference in helping to protect our school and the wider community. The Department for Education has recently confirmed their advice that if a LFT returns a positive result, a confirmatory PCR test should be taken as soon as possible (and within 2 days) and the individual in question should self-isolate pending the result. In the event that the PCR returns a negative result, the period of self-isolation ends. However, if the PCR confirms the positive result, the individual must continue to isolate in line with the Government guidelines.

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!

The 16th April is the day of the mushroom

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