Issue 949: 3rd December 2021

It is regrettable to be writing to you, once again, about COVID-19 related matters. Whilst there is clearly increased concern around the new Omicron variant, I am pleased to say that our attendance has been high since returning from the half-term break, and we are experiencing much lower positive cases within our school community.  Although this is, of course, good news, this is not the time to be complacent and, where possible, meetings and events, for the time being, will continue remotely.

Face Coverings

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged their children to wear face coverings to school, in line with the Government’s reintroduction of this mitigation measure.  If your child is medically exempt, please could you provide written evidence of this by emailing us at  Please can I also take the opportunity to remind you that pupils travelling to and from school on public transport must also wear a face covering.

Cold Days

I am aware that some pupils are reporting they are cold in a small number of our classrooms, and thank you to those parents and carers who have been in contact about this. As I mentioned in last week’s edition of the Sweyne Park Times, we have conducted a thorough investigation of the internal temperature in all our classrooms, and are confident that the majority of our classrooms provide an environment conducive to learning, meaning there is no need for pupils and students to wear their coats. However, as we move further into the winter months, we will be reviewing the wearing of coats on a daily basis, and, where necessary, will designate a particular day as a “cold day”.  This will mean we will relax the rules for that day only, and allow pupils and students to wear their coats in classrooms where the temperature falls below 18 degrees.  This came into force yesterday, when the outside temperature was very low and the wind bitter.

Today however, we have, thankfully, seen a return to milder weather.

On-Site Testing in January

As you may have heard in the press, the DfE has issued guidance that all pupils should receive a Lateral Flow Test (LFT), on site, before they return to school after the Christmas break.  In order to facilitate this, the DfE has advised that schools may stagger pupils’ return to school.  As a result, we will be running the testing programme on Tuesday 4th January 2022, starting with Year 13 students whose mock exams commence on this day.  All other pupils will return to school as normal at 8.35am on Wednesday 5th January.  I will provide further details next week to confirm when each year group will be invited into school for their LFT.


In terms of consent for testing, if you have previously provided this, there is nothing to do.  However, if your position on testing has changed, please contact Pupil Services at to confirm the same.


In the meantime, I would grateful if you would please continue to encourage your children to take their twice weekly Lateral Flow Tests, this really does help to mitigate against the spread of the virus. Thank you for your ongoing support.

And Finally …

Enjoy your weekend.

Shoebox Appeal Success

This Christmas, The Sweyne Park School took part in the Shoebox Appeal to collect useful items to send to children in need. Panning over the winter period, the ShoeBox appeal brings joy to children all over the world, where perhaps they are unable to celebrate Christmas as we are privileged to do so. The charity, Samaritan’s Purse, has been organising this Shoebox Appeal for many years, and countless children have benefitted. With its focus on Christian ideals, all children are given the gift of Christmas.

The entire school community of pupils and students in Years 8 -13, took part in what has been one of the most successful charitable endeavours ever undertaken by the school, with a grand total of 97 shoeboxes collected!

The whole event was organised and run independently by Sixth Form students: Ella-Rose, Emily, Zarah, Lucy, Lily and Sean.

Barbara Townsend, from the Samaritans, came to collect the boxes and she was absolutely delighted by the response!

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Good Luck to all of our Year 11 pupils and Year 13 students in their external examinations.