Issue 993: 20th January 2023


Parking Around the School

We greatly value the positive relationship we have with our neighbours and the wider community.  Please can I remind you to be considerate when parking in the vicinity so as not to restrict access to local residents to and from their driveways.  Please also ensure that you do your very best not to cause congestion and traffic jams at busy times, such as drop-off and pick-up.  Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

Snow Closures

With the return of sub-zero temperatures, please can I remind you of the measures we will take in the unlikely event of snow fall leading to any necessary school closure.  We will, as always, make every effort to keep the school open but always have to consider safety for both pupils and staff, many of whom travel from a distance away.  Should there be a need to close, we will aim to post this on the school website by 7.45 am, at the latest (remember to click the ‘refresh’ button to ensure accessing the latest information).  Local radio stations no longer broadcast this information, but this will also be published on the Essex County website: or simply just search for Essex County Council Emergency School Closures.

Strike Action

As you will have seen in the press, teaching unions have voted to take strike action.  This will affect our school and our pupils and students on the following dates:

Wednesday 1st February 2023
Wednesday 1st March 2023
Wednesday 15th March 2023
Thursday 16th March 2023


Unless the national picture changes dramatically over the next week or so, then the planned industrial action will, of course, cause significant disruption to the usual running of the school.  However, in line with the guidance from the Department for Education, please note that, where possible, we will prioritise the attendance of pupils and students due to take public examinations, as well as vulnerable pupils and students.  The situation is constantly changing and so I will write again next week with further details of the arrangements we will put in place.

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Creative Writing Competition

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