Issue 935: 2nd July 2021


Reporting a Positive Lateral Flow Test

Thank you to all parents and carers who continue to record their son/daughter’s twice-weekly LFT results via TestRegister. Please can I remind you that, should your son/daughter return a positive LFT result, you must notify us as soon as possible at A positive result recorded on TestRegister can sometimes take a few hours to reach us, whereas an email is immediate, and helps enormously in identifying and notifying close contacts who need to self-isolate as soon as possible. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.

Calls from an Unknown Number

As the number of COVID-19 cases seems to be increasing, we are finding ourselves back in the situation of having to identify close contacts. We aim to inform parents/carers as soon as we are notified of the positive case, which often seems to be outside of normal school hours. This does mean that staff may have to make calls using their personal mobile phones and this will display as an “unknown number” of “no caller ID”. If you are anything like me, I regularly ignore such calls, however, please do be mindful that it may be a genuine call from school and, where possible, staff will always leave a message. Where this facility is not available, they will be calling multiple times to indicate the urgency of needing to speak to you. Apologies for this intrusion, but it is, at the moment, unavoidable.

Sixth Form Update

As many of you may be aware, Dr Robertson was appointed as an Assistant Headteacher in 2014 with responsibility for setting up our new Sixth Form. He brought with him extensive experience in this area and, since this time, has built the thriving environment we have today. Now that this area of the school is fully established, he will, from September, be taking on more whole-school responsibilities. I am, however, delighted to inform you that we have, this week, appointed Helen Banks, who has worked in the Sixth Form for many years, as Head of Sixth Form. I have every confidence that she will continue to build upon the strengths and successes of the Sixth Form in the years ahead. Ms Banks will remain as Head of Year, taking our Year 12 students into their final year at Sweyne Park.

Year 7 Handover

Over the remaining weeks we will be holding a number of Induction events for pupils joining us in Year 7 in September. As in previous years, at this time we also start to prepare our current Year 7 pupils for the next stage of their journey at Sweyne Park. Next week, Marie Taylor, who is our only permanent Head of Year with experience of transition, will introduce the year group to their new Head of Year (for Year 8), Josh Fernandez, who has been Head of Year 11 this year. Maria Shangolis, Assistant Headteacher, will be the senior member of staff overseeing this year group. I know they are both looking forward to working with the year group.

Start of Term – September 2021

In line with previous years, we will, once again, be running a phased return to school at the start of the new academic year in September 2021. Our new Year 7 pupils and Year 12 students will return to school on Friday 3rd September, with the rest of the pupils and students returning on Monday 6th September. This will allow our new pupils and students the opportunity to settle in to school and get a real sense of the school environment before the whole school arrives on the following Monday. As you are already aware, we have made the decision that, from the start of the Autumn Term, the school day will start at 8.35 am, and finish at 3.05 pm.

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Safeguarding Briefing

1 in 4 teenagers receive unwanted sexual messages online.

Are you unknowingly letting child sexual abusers into your home?

Young people are being contacted in their own homes on online platforms and apps and asked for sexual pictures and videos, while their parents and carers believe they are safe. More and more sexual abuse material is created by offenders who coerce and groom children into sexual activities, often in children’s own bedrooms and bathrooms. They then record this via webcams or livestreaming services. It’s known as ‘self-generated’ child sexual abuse imagery.

The scale of self-generated child sexual abuse imagery is hard to comprehend.

Since the start of the pandemic, the amount of ‘self-generated’ child abuse imagery has increased dramatically.

In 2020, the IWF confirmed 68,000 cases of such imagery, a rise of 77% on the year before. It accounts for nearly half (44%) the imagery taken action on last year. In 80% of these cases, the victims were 11 to 13 year-old girls.

This is happening now, and it can happen to anyone. But you can do something about it; you can help prevent it happening to your child. There is a TALK booklet which you can download below and you can visit for further information.

Steph Whitcombe – Safeguarding Lead

ESCB Online Safety
Press Release

July 2021

Book of the Week


By Jennifer Killick

“It’s five months since the nightmare Year Six school trip to Crater Lake, and something has gone very wrong in Lance’s home town of Straybridge. There’s been an explosion at the University, a mysterious test creature is missing and no one is allowed in or out of the town. On top of this Lance has lost touch with his friends since starting at his new school. And now his mum has been acting strangely since they started decorating the Christmas tree…

As he goes door to door trying to reunite his team, Lance realises how bad things have got. Now he, Katja, Max, Chets and Ade, plus new friend Karim, must think bigger and bolder if they are to save their families. But there’s something else out there too – something straight out of their nightmares…”

The perfect mix of horror, sci-fi, adventure and humour; a most anticipated sequel!


Jennifer Killick was in a virtual visit with our Year 7 in November 2020.

July is Ice Cream Month

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