Issue 970: 10th June 2022


Welcome Back

I hope you all had a lovely half-term break and enjoyed some time with your family and friends, as well as the Jubilee Celebrations.  It is hard to believe that we are in the final few weeks of this academic year, and thankfully one that hasn’t been further disrupted by any periods of school closure.  Clearly full attendance is critical in ensuring pupils’ progress, and so please can I remind you that non-essential medical appointments should, where possible, always be made outside of school hours and schools are no longer in a position to authorise any absence for holidays taken during term time.  The latter may also result in the issuing of a fine.

Uniform Expectations

As we enter the warmer months, pupils are no longer required to wear jumpers around the school.  When not being worn, jumpers should be kept in bags or lockers, and not tied around waists or wrapped around shoulders.  All other expectations remain the same, including the wearing of sensible leather/man-made black shoes, rather than trainers, and the school skirt/trousers and tie.  In the event that you may be struggling to purchase any items of school uniform, please do contact us in the strictest of confidence, and we will be happy to assist where possible.  As I have previously mentioned, if you are able to donate any no longer required, good-quality, items of uniform, please do pass them on to Pupil Services.   Thank you in advance.

Headteacher’s Achievement Time and Rewards

I have had the pleasure this week of presenting prize badges to many pupils in recognition of gaining over 300 positive points on Go4Schools.  There are so many Year 7 pupils who have achieved this number that we are having to hold a special assembly in the Main Hall next week! This is just one of the ways we like to celebrate the progress and positive attitude to learning of our pupils, but also recognise the many activities they succeed in outside of school.  Over the remaining weeks of this term, we will be re-introducing Headteacher’s Achievement Time on a Tuesday morning to mark pupils’ accomplishments in all areas of their life.  If your child(ren) would like to share anything of which they are proud, about which they may have kept quiet, please do encourage them to speak to their Head of Year!

And Finally…

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend.

exciting opportunity for pupils to enter a local college competition.

University Centre South Essex is relaunching its ‘Rubbish Costume Competition’ again in June 2022. The success of last year’s competition saw entries of all ages from all across the UK showcasing their talent and inventiveness.

The ‘Rubbish Costume Competition’, allows entrants to use their innovation and creativity to create costumes, accessories or props out of everyday household objects or rubbish that can be recycled, upcycled or repurposed.

Learn more

live virtual author event

Last Thursday the Year 8 Book Clubbers took part in a live virtual author event hosted by The Reading Agency where we heard from the Carnegie Award short-listed authors.


CIt was fascinating to listen and discover the inspiration behind the stories and two of our questions were answered too!


We now need to undertake the difficult task of voting for our favourite and discovering which book has won on the 16th of June.

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