Issue 929: 14th May 2021


Face Coverings

Following the Government’s announcement earlier this week, from Monday 17th May, there will no longer be the requirement for pupils and students to wear face coverings in the classroom or in communal areas. Similarly, staff will no longer need to wear face coverings in the classroom, but it will still be recommended that they continue to wear face coverings in areas outside of the classroom where social distancing cannot be maintained. Pupils, students and staff may, of course, continue to wear face coverings should they choose to do so.

I would be grateful if you would please remind your son/daughter that the advice from Public Health England remains that face coverings must be worn when travelling on public transport.

Student Guide to Awarding - Summer 2021

Ofqual has released an updated guide for pupils and students on how GCSEs, A-Levels and vocational qualifications will be graded and awarded this year. The Guide is available on our website, and can also be accessed by clicking here.

Roadmap – COVID-19

Whilst the guidance on face coverings has changed, many of the other protective measures will remain in place until further notice. For full details, please refer to the letter from Essex County Council’s Director of Education, which was sent earlier in the week. A copy of the letter is also available on the school website.

Equipment Survey from Essex Family Forum

Essex Family Forum, along with its Family Champions, have worked with representatives from Health, Education and Social Care to develop a survey to help understand families’ experiences in regards to physical and medical equipment. Essex County Council has asked us to share with you the link below in order to help inform services going forwards, and assist in improving outcomes from pupils and students Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with this.

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 10th to 16th of May is National Vegetarian Week

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