Issue 934: 25th June 2021


Pupils in Self-Isolation

As you are aware after a long period of calm and a sense of normality starting to return we have, this week, regrettably found ourselves back in the position of having to ask pupils and staff to self-isolate. As these cases arise, we will notify parents and carers as soon as we possibly can. The pattern tends to be receiving news of a result first thing in the morning and, for this reason, please could I ask that you regularly check your emails for urgent updates and announcements. Similarly, we will doubtless be receiving outcomes of results over the weekend and will contact you at the very first opportunity. Please do ensure that we do have the most up-to-date email address and contact numbers for you. You can notify us of any recent changes by contacting:

Lateral Flow Tests (LFT)/PCR

To avoid any confusion, I thought it would be useful to remind parents and carers of the current guidelines in relation to testing:

  1. It is recommended that your son/daughter should routinely take a twice-weekly LFT, and report the results via the TestRegister.
  2. If a positive LFT is returned, you should book a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible, and the whole household should self-isolate pending the results. There are a number of locations available within the local area, and results are returned much more quickly than if you use a postal PCR test. If this PCR test returns a positive result, the whole household is required to continue to self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
  3. If at any time you or a member of your household starts to display symptoms, that person should take a PCR test as soon as possible, and the whole household must self-isolate pending the results.
  4. If your son/daughter is self-isolating, having been identified as a close contact, they only need to take a PCR test if they are displaying symptoms, or if no. 2 above applies.

It is vital that you notify us immediately at every stage so that we can communicate important information to our school community.

If you would like any further clarification, then please do not hesitate to contact us or visit the Government website.

Editorial from Steph Whitcombe

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Harm, it could happen here!

You will no doubt have recently heard on the news the concerns relating to sexual violence in places of education, along with the publishing of the worrying concerns on the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website. The safeguarding and wellbeing of all our pupils and students will always be one of our highest priorities, so we have been reviewing the culture here at Sweyne Park regarding sexual harm. We have spoken with many pupils and students over the last few weeks to help us inform next steps, and it became clear that this was something that our pupils and students wish to explore further. Whilst we feel that we have a strong culture of respect, one where sexual harm is not tolerated; we do not underestimate the possibility that it might be happening here. We have therefore decided to ask all our pupils and students for their views on sexual harm (along with LGBTQ+, racial and religious hate), so in the next couple of weeks they will all be given the opportunity to take part in our “Harm Survey”. The survey can be viewed here prior to sharing with all our pupils and students, please do feel free to use it to open conversations with your children.

Coming directly from the discussions, pupils and students have requested an easier reporting tool, one where if they witness an issue they can report it, even if they are not in school – our current system is school based. To this end we have purchased a reporting tool for pupils and students to use via an App called “Tootoot”, and we will be launching this as soon as everything is in place. The purchase of this is a direct result of pupils and students requesting the ability to report concerns anonymously.

We have also, over the last few weeks, held a conference to audit our CPE and Safeguarding curricula to ensure that all areas are covered appropriately, and at the depth that pupils and students have told us they would like.

We will continue to work on this area of development over the rest of this term and into the next academic year. If you wish to add your views to the discussion, please feel free to email me:

Reporting Pupil Absence

Please can I remind parents and carers that if you are reporting a pupil absence, please contact us before the school day begins. You can either call us on 01268 784721 or, to assist with effective communication, we have now created a new email address for you to use: This address should also be used to notify us, in advance, of a future absence for any reason including, but not limited to, a medical/dental appointment etc. Please note that this email address is accessed by our Attendance Team, and we would ask that you do not email individual tutors to notify them of the absence, although you are, of course, welcome to copy them into your email to the Attendance Team, for their information. Above all, is it vital that our Attendance Team are notified of pupil absences at the very beginning of the day, and, where possible, in advance. Thank you for your help with this important area of school life.

Resilience Award

In recognition of the adversity and challenges that pupils can face, a long-standing member of staff, Mr Davison, has established The Sweyne Park Resilience Award.

Nominated by his form tutor Mr Garrod, our first winner is Dillon in Y10 in recognition of his very proactive approach to overcoming obstacles or challenges. Pupils have never had to show as much resilience as they have in the last two academic years during the pandemic. Dillon has always recognised how being a proactive, engaged learner contributes to his progress and wellbeing and embodies our ethos of aspirational learning.

Dillon is also the happy recipient of an Amazon gift voucher as part of his award.

Well done Dillon!

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E-Safety for Parents

We are pleased to offer you the chance to view the 2 John’s Walk Online Parent presentation.

The presentation, which lasts for 90 minutes can be accessed until Friday 2nd July 2021.

Rochford Walk On Line Parent presentation

BA (Hons) Costume Construction are very happy to announce that our Rubbish Costumes competition has returned for summer 2021. Last year’s competition was so successful that we had to run it again this year. The competition is open to all and is FREE to enter.

For more information please go to:

Book of the Week


By Jason Reynolds

“This story was going to begin like all the best stories, with a school bus falling from the sky – but no one saw it happen. They were all too busy. Talking about boogers. Stealing pocket change. Skateboarding. Wiping out. Braving up. Executing complicated handshakes. Planning an escape. Making jokes. Finding comfort. But mostly, too busy walking home.”

Ten short stories which take place on a walk home from school. Each can be read as stand-alone stories, but they also have clever connections to each other.

Carnegie Medal 2021

The 22nd to 28th June is National Picnic week

spice up your picnic with one of these recipes …

Open Evening: Tuesday 21st September 2021, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. More details ...
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