Head's weekly message and letters
12th July 2019 | Head's Weekly Message |

Dear Parents and Carers

I am delighted to announce next year’s senior student team of: Dan King (Head Boy), Molly Bamford (Head Girl), Xavier Moras-Spencer (Deputy Head Boy), and Elise Hands (Deputy Head Girl). They all interviewed for these posts extremely well and we know they will make a great team. Their passion for the school and wanting to make a difference in the year’s term of office was very impressive. We look forward to the contribution they will make to the school. The other students who applied should not be disheartened, they did very well, and are now strong contenders for senior prefect roles.

We were treated to a spectacular summer concert on Tuesday evening with performances across all year groups. The standard seems to get better and better each time. It was particularly nice to see our Year 7 Music Ambassadors perform too. During the interval we had the summer prize draw with some marvellous prizes donated by parents as well as local business/industry. The top prize of a laptop was actually won by one of the estates management team (no fix I can assure you!). My thanks to Mr White for his hard work and effort to encourage students, parents and staff to buy tickets. We raised over £9000, which is a terrific achievement and money that we will reinvest into school resources for the benefit of your son/daughter.

On Thursday we had our Transition day, where the new Year 7 students experienced their first full day in a secondary school. When I asked the students who enjoyed the day and who had made new friends, virtually all hands were raised which was great to see. This was followed in the evening by a talk for parents.

As I complete this week’s update, I can hear Mr Gunn’s enthusiastic commentary bellowing out over the microphone in his role as announcer for this year’s sports day event. In all the schools I have worked in, no school does Sports day better than this. There are events for all students to get involved as well as the opportunity for the more serious competitors to showcase their talent. However, what is most pleasing is the encouragement their peers provide to support all those participating. I will update you with the results next week.

Next week is Activities Week. My Thanks to Mrs Pickford for all her hard work in making this happen and for ensuring it operates like clockwork. However, can I please remind students that Friday next week requires school uniform to be worn, with normal lessons periods 1 & 2, and then for the first time for many years, we are having a whole-school Assembly to finish, which is such a nice opportunity to bring the key stages together. Year 12 are on work experience next week – we wish them well and hope they have an enjoyable time.

Yours sincerely

Mr P Thompson

Acting Headteacher

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GroupCall letters sent out this week:


  1. Years 9 and 10 - Unseen Poetry English GCSE Study Guides Bundle

  2. Whole School - Foundation Grand Draw Donor List

  3. Whole School - Foundation Grand Draw

  4. Years 9 and 10 - Uniform and Equipment Requirements for September 2019

  5. Years 7 and 8 - Uniform and Equipment Requirements for September 2019

  6. Years 7-10 Enrichment Week Information Sheet

  7. Year 10 - Enrichment Week Timetable

  8. Year 10 - Enrichment Week Information Letter

  9. Year 9 - Enrichment Week Timetable

  10. Year 9 - Enrichment Week Information Letter

  11. Year 8 - Enrichment Week Timetable

  12. Year 8 - Enrichment Week Activity Information Letter

  13. Year 7 - Enrichment Week Timetable

  14. Year 7 - Enrichment Week Activity Information Letter

  15. Year 8 into 9 - Year 9 Parent Information Evening 

  16. Year 7 into 8 - Year 8 Parent Information Evening

  17. School Reports: Parental Guidance

  18. Year 9 - Reports