Issue 945: 5th November 2021


Welcome Back

I hope everyone had a relaxing break and enjoyed some quality family time.  It has been encouraging to see much higher levels of attendance and less COVID related absences since our return.  Thank you to everyone for testing prior to the start of the new half-term.  Please do continue to remind your son/daughter to maintain the twice weekly programme of testing via LFT, and to report the results via TestRegister.

Non-Teaching Assistant Head of Year 9

As I said in the last edition of the Sweyne Park Times, we were very sorry to say goodbye to Mrs Buzer on Wednesday this week.  I am, however, delighted to share that, following a strong field of both internal and external applicants, we have successfully appointed Mrs Bilby as her replacement. Many of you will be familiar with Mrs Bilby, as she has previously been a member of the Pupil Services Team.  She will start her new role on Monday 22nd November.

Uniform Consultation

Thank you to a number of parents/carers who notified us of a technical glitch when accessing the Uniform Consultation Form.  This has now been rectified, and, in order to give further time for as many people as possible to respond, we have extended the deadline to next Friday 12th November.  You can access the survey by clicking here.  Many thanks to everyone who has already submitted feedback.

Coming Up...

Having reviewed the plans for our Sixth Form Open Evening, I am pleased to say that we will be holding the event, in-person, on Thursday 11th November.  If you are a parent/carer of a Year 11 pupil, you will have received a letter from Miss Banks, Head of Sixth Form, earlier in the week inviting you to this event.  Please click here to view a copy of the letter, and use the “Book Here!” button on the website banner to reserve a place at one of the talks.


Next Friday, 12th November, the photographers will return to take group photos of our Year 11, 12 & 13 students.  These will take place inside and, as always, full school uniform must be worn.


As advance warning, we will be holding an INSET Day on Friday 19th November.  The school will be closed to all pupils and students on this day.

And Finally …

Have a lovely weekend!

  • BBC visits SPS.. Looking at our new Carbon Neutral building

On Wednesday we were fortunate to host a TV crew from the BBC who came to film a piece about our carbon-neutral new build.  They spoke to one of our Sixth Form students and even interviewed one of our colleagues from Essex County Council up on the roof, amongst the solar panels!

The piece will be shown on BBC1 between 6.30pm – 7pm on Look East on Friday 5th November, and again at 10am on 7th November on the Sunday Politics regional show. 

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  • Halloween Virtual Author Event

Just before half term, Book Club members and some Year 7 English classes were able to take part in a Virtual Author Event organised by Reading Zone.

Authors Alex Bell (Frozen Charlotte, Charlotte Says) and Bryony Pearce (Savage Island, Cruel Castle, Raising Hell) shared with us their writing journeys and what it is that makes horror stories so popular.

Bryony Pearce’s Top 3 tips for horror/suspense writing:

1) Characters – we need to care & they need to have something to lose.

2) Use gore – lead up to it; don’t be gratuitous

3) Use jump scares – don’t let the readers get comfortable!

Pupils were inspired to both read and write lots of spooky horror stories!

Alex Bell’s Top 3 tips for horror/suspense writing:

1) A mystery to be solved or question to be answered

2) Characters we care about

3) The setting – spend time focusing on this.

We will be holding our annual Open Evening on Tuesday 27th September 2022