It was wonderful to be able to hold our annual Open Evening once again last night. The additional measures we put in place to avoid overcrowding were very successful, and allowed us to welcome our visitors to school in as safe an environment as possible. We have had some fantastic feedback about our pupil and student Tour Guides, all of whom did a great job promoting life at Sweyne Park and answering so many questions about our school. Thank you to all the parents and carers of our fantastic representatives for supporting them so that they could help out at such an important school event.
We started our Open Week of Tours yesterday, which will run every day at 9.00am until Tuesday 5th October.
Lateral Flow Tests
Unfortunately, we have had a number of pupils and staff test positive for COVID-19 over the last week, and NHS Track and Trace will have been in contact with anyone identified as a close contact. Those pupils who have been notified will need to arrange to take a PCR test, but should still attend school, unless they develop symptoms, or return a positive test result. Thank you to everyone who has been continuing to record the results of the twice weekly LFT via TestRegister. This programme of regular testing is vital to help reduce the risk of further positive cases within the school community. If you are having any problem logging into or accessing TestRegister then please do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statutory Schools Appeals – Recruitment
Essex County Council is looking to recruit new members to their Statutory School Appeals Panels, and have asked us to circulate the message below.
“The Appeal Panels are convened throughout Essex to examine cases in which parents wish to contest either the refusal by a school’s Admissions Authority to admit a child, or a Governing Body’s decision to permanently exclude a child. The choices are difficult, and there may not be an obvious “right” answer, but it is vital that access to this independent process exists both for children and the schools involved. The Panels are independent of the County Council and School Governing Bodies.
Essex County Council Statutory Appeals Team is currently looking for Panel members for both Admission Appeals and Exclusion Appeals. If you have the ability to listen, to be impartial without being swayed by emotion, can appreciate both sides of an argument and are able to make reasoned decisions, you may be just the person we are looking for. Can you spare a few days or more each year to participate in this rewarding and interesting task? This is a chance to contribute to the futures of young people in Essex.
Although previous specialist knowledge of this field is not essential, we are looking for people who have both time to consider the issues properly and who believe passionately that education is worth that time. We offer full training and will reimburse travel and subsistence expenses.
Membership of Appeal Panels is constituted in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, and some people may not be eligible to serve”.