Issue 999: 10th March 2023


Strike Days - 15th & 16th March 2023

At the time of writing, the prospect of reaching any sort of agreement in advance of next week’s scheduled strikes seems highly unlikely. We are therefore planning to open to Year 11 and Year 13 on Wednesday 15th and Year 10 and Year 13 on Thursday 16th March, as well as for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. These days will run in the same vein as the previous days of industrial action with pupils supervised by senior staff or agency staff where their class teachers are not in school. I will confirm final arrangements at the start of next week.

Behaviour in the Community

We have noticed some slippage in pupils’ punctuality, and so I would be grateful if you would please spend some We have been receiving an increased amount of feedback from members of the local community about the behaviour of some of our pupils on their way to and from school. This particularly relates to the use of foul language and anti-social behaviour. This is very disappointing and not reflective of the vast majority of our pupil population, of whom we are very proud. Whilst in uniform all pupils are ambassadors for our school, and are expected to show respect to others at all times. Please can I politely remind you that sanctions will be imposed for such poor behaviour, both within and outside of the school day.

Trips & Visits

As I have previously said, we are delighted to see the return of our exciting and full range of trips and visits. For your ease of reference all letters relating to any forthcoming trip are available on our website, under “News and Events”. Please click on the “Trips & Visits” link. The educational value of such extra-curricular activities cannot be underestimated, but we are very mindful of the pressure that families are under given the current financial environment. Therefore, if you do need support in relation to any trip or visit please contact us, in the strictest of confidence, at

And Finally

Have a lovely weekend

Parent Governor

We are looking to appoint a Parent Governor to our Local Governing Body (LGB). The successful candidate will have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Human Resources
• Law
• Finance
• Business

The role of the LGB is a valuable one in providing local governance as well as offering assistance to the Trustees of the Rayleigh Schools Trust in the fulfillment of their duties. The Sweyne Park LGB is a very effective and committed body, and plays a crucial role in the governance and operational decision making of our school.

As a Parent Local Governor, you will be asked to help monitor the school’s key performance indicators and provide support and challenge where appropriate. You will also play a part in representing the views of the members of the school’s community.

A Parent Governor will get involved in:

• Setting suitable aims and objectives;
• Agreeing policies, targets and priorities
• Holding the Headteacher to account
• Monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives and whether the policies, targets and priorities are being achieved in order to hold the school to account;
• Monitoring the school’s finances;
• Ensuring the school is a welcoming and safe place and provides a positive learning environment;
• Supporting school events (e.g. attending concerts, Awards’ Evening)

If you are interested in applying for the position of Parent Local Governor, and would like to know more, please contact Kerry Wilby at or on 01268 784721 to obtain an application form. Successful candidates will be invited for an interview with members of the Local Governing Body.

Chelmsford Ballet Company’s performance of Cinderella 15th – 18th March at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Holly from year 8 is appearing in the Chelmsford Ballet Company’s performance of Cinderella.

The Chelmsford Ballet Company is an amateur company who aim to work to professional standards. Each year, they hold auditions in the summer for young dancers to join the company. They hold a monthly company class and also stage major productions annually at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford. This year they will be performing Cinderella! For more information on seeing the show and to find out about auditioning, please visit: .

You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.”

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WICKED Writing Competition

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want to see!
This means writing about something you are passionate
about that could motivate the audience to make a change.

You could be asking for change in your school, in your
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your writing.”




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