When we return after the half-term break, there will be a number of changes to the structure of our pastoral team. Mrs Whitcombe, who has long been our excellent Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for many years, will be taking on a slightly different role within the school, and so Mr Bradley, Assistant Headteacher, will take on the position of our DSL. To enable Mr Bradley to focus on this important area of school life, Mr Edwards, Deputy Headteacher, will be moving from Year 9 to oversee our Year 7 pupils, working with our only permanent Head of Year, Ms Taylor. Dr Robertson, Assistant Headteacher, will be moving to oversee Year 9, working alongside Mr Jones, Head of Year 9. Finally, I am sad to say that Mrs Buzer, our Non-Teaching Assistant Head of Year 9, will be leaving us to pursue a career in primary education. We are extremely sorry to see her go, but wish her well for the future. I will write further about her replacement in due course.
Our School Council continues to do an outstanding job in representing our student body by voicing their views and sharing suggestions for how we can improve pupils’ experiences at Sweyne Park. Representatives from the School Council have recently attended our Senior Leadership Team meeting, and provided some very useful feedback. Sadly, many of the improvements they request are constrained by limited finances, however, knowing what they value does assist us in planning and budgeting for future developments. Aside these suggestions, it was raised that pupils have reported that they would prefer to wear white shirts rather than blue, to make them feel more comfortable in hot weather, when they may perspire more. If your child(ren) is in Year 7 – Year 11, I would be very keen to hear your views on this potential change, by clicking here to completing a very short survey. Should the consultation lead to such a change, this would be implemented on a phased basis to assist with the associated cost of purchasing new uniform.
As I am sure you will have seen in the news, and in previous editions of the Sweyne Park Times, we are seeing an increase in the numbers of our pupils who are testing positive for COVID-19. As a result of this we have spoken to Public Health England, who has endorsed all of the mitigation measures we are taking. Thank you to everyone who has been taking and reporting their children’s twice weekly Lateral Flow Test. Please can I ask that you continue to do so, and, most importantly, encourage your child to take a LFT on Sunday 31st October, before returning to school on 1st November.
We continue to follow all of the guidance we receive with regards to COVID-19, including increased ventilation and enhanced cleaning. In addition, this week we made the decision to revert back to holding virtual assemblies to avoid mass gatherings. We will keep such measures under review, moving forward and this includes public events such as our scheduled Sixth Form Open Evening, on Thursday 11th November. I will, of course, keep you fully informed of any changes as may be necessary.
And Finally …
At the end of a long and busy half-term, I am sure that all of our pupils are ready for a well-deserved rest. I hope you all manage to enjoy time with your family and friends, and we will look forward to welcoming everyone back at the normal time of 8.35 am on Monday 1st November.