Issue 930: 21st May 2021



Given all of the safety measures we have had in place since September 2021 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have taken a slightly more lenient approach to the usual high standards of uniform that we expect from our pupils and students. Now that the weather is improving, after half-term, pupils and students will no longer be allowed to wear their coats in the classroom, and we will be focusing on supporting pupils and students to ensure they are wearing the correct uniform in full compliance with our school policy. I would be very grateful if you could take the time to review our policy, available on our website or by clicking here, and remind your son/daughter about our high expectations. Thank you in advance for your support with this important area of school life. For any families who may need some additional support with the purchasing of uniform, please do contact us via

Good News Stories

Now that we have moved into the next stage of the Government’s roadmap, it would be fantastic to celebrate some of the varied and interesting things that our pupils and students do outside of school. If you have a story you would like to share, then please do contact us (preferably with an accompanying photo!) at We know that so many of our pupils and students have hobbies and interests which we would be delighted to share with the rest of our school community. It is lovely that we finally have the opportunity to share some good news again!


As previously mentioned, I would like to take the opportunity to remind parents and carers that we have a non-pupil day on Monday 7th June. This will allow staff further opportunity to moderate our Year 11 pupils’ and Year 13 students’ work ahead of the submission of our Centre Assessed Grades on 18th June 2021.


Erin 11CWi is doing a sponsored skydive this May, during half-term, and any money raised will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Society.

If you would like to donate please go to her GoFundMe page.

Thank You.


Mrs Howard for her kind donation of fabric for the Textiles department.

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 24th May - 6th June is British Tomato Fortnight

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