Issue 960: 11th March 2022


In Person Events

Thank you to all the parents/carers who have attended our onsite events this week.  On Tuesday evening we hosted our Year 11 Information Evening.  I do hope that the guidance, tips and hints that were shared will help you to support your child(ren) as they prepare to take their external examinations this summer. 


Last night we held our annual Options Evening for our Year 9 pupils, parents/carers, with talks on both the Open and EBacc Pathways. It was very well attended, and I hope that parents/carers enjoyed the opportunity to speak to staff and get a better idea of the courses on offer in Key Stage 4.  Please can I remind parents/carers that Year 9 pupils must submit their Options Forms online by no later than Monday 21st March 2022.


It really has been wonderful to welcome people back into the building once again, and to see some familiar faces, long may it continue!

The End of the School Day

Please can I remind you of the importance of not arriving at school too early to collect your child(ren) at the end of the school day.  We do have PE lessons scheduled for the last period of the day, which often take place on the playground. This means that we cannot always open the gates until around 3pm.  If you do arrive early, the ensuing traffic queues along Cheapside West, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, and the surrounding roads, causes congestion and inconvenience to our neighbours. Please do bear this in mind when making arrangements to collect your child(ren).  Thank you for your understanding and support.


Please can you remind your child(ren) that as the weather has improved and we are over halfway through the Spring term, from Monday next week, coats will no longer be permitted to be worn in classrooms, or anywhere else inside the school building.  Coats must be worn outside only, and stored in lockers or bags during lesson times.  Thank you.

And Finally …

Have a nice weekend.


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of World Book Day the Library ran a competition to guess which books staff were reading 25 years ago. Lots of pupils got involved and we had so many entries.


It was a really difficult task to undertake for pupils, but congratulations to Bobby W (7YCa) who is our winner. Bobby really went above and beyond, by staying after school to track down teachers and quiz them about their reading habits a quarter of a century ago! His efforts were rewarded with 16 correct answers and an Amazon voucher, a book and an Easter egg.

Rosanna (8Hyo) was not far behind and was awarded second place, and wins a book and Easter egg. Emily & Lacey (both 7DWi) came in joint third place, winning chocolate.

Well done to everybody who took part – positive points have been awarded!

KS3 pupils – don’t forget your £1 World Book Day voucher can be exchanged for one of the special World Book Day £1 books or a £1 discount on any book of your choice in participating bookstores.

Every day is World Book Day in the Library – why not pop up and see all the great books we have for you to borrow?

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Each day in the Library during Science Week

(Monday 14th – Friday 18th March inclusive), there will be clues describing an element found in the Periodic Table.

YOU have to identify that element and its chemical symbol.

By the end of the week (Fri March 18th)

You should have 5 chemical symbols that, when unscrambled, will spell out the surname of a


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