Issue 952: 7th January 2022


Welcome Back

It has been lovely to welcome everyone back to school this week, after what I hope was a healthy and enjoyable break for you.  May I take the opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

COVID-19 Update

Since my email to you on Tuesday 4th January, there has been a further change, and as I am sure you will have seen in the news.  From Tuesday 11th January, anyone who tests positive via a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and who is asymptomatic, no longer needs to take a confirmatory PCR test.


As the Government announced on 22nd December, the period of self-isolation has been shortened to 7 days, with the requirement to take a LFT on days 6 and 7 (24 hours apart).  If both of these test results are negative, and your child does not have a high temperature, the period of self-isolation can end and your child can return to school from day 7.  However, if either of the day 6/7 tests remain positive, you should continue testing until you have 2 consecutive negative tests (24 hours apart) or you get to day 10 – whichever is sooner.  In order to allow us to keep track of pupils’ return to school, please can you contact us, either by email to, or by phone, to let us know when your child has received negative LFTs on two consecutive days.

Face Coverings

As the Government announced on Sunday 2nd January, we are, once again, in the position where it is recommended that pupils should wear face coverings in the classroom, as well in communal areas.  I would like to take the opportunity to say how well our pupils and students have adapted to this over the course of the week.  I understand that wearing masks in lessons is not ideal, and is neither comfortable nor what anyone would want to do, however our pupils and students have dealt with this admirably, showing great maturity and real resilience.  Thank you for your ongoing support with this.

And Finally …

Enjoy your weekend.

U14 Essex Football Squad

Earlier in October/November 2021 two boys from Year 9 – Micky and Ronnie were chosen by the PE department to trial for the U14 Essex Football Squad.  Both boys who represent Southend United and Colchester United respectively played well and were chosen to return for the second trial. After this final trial the squad would be chosen and players had the opportunity to represent their county.  Micky was chosen to represent Essex shortly before Christmas and played against Hertfordshire.  Unfortunately, Essex were on the losing side this time.  Good luck in future games as both boys develop their talent at their respective clubs and teams. 

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