Whole School Letter – 21-05-2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is hard to believe that Year 11 and Year 13 will be officially finishing school on Friday 28th May. Mr Mullins and Mrs James will liaise with any students who need to attend after this date and provide details of our leadership week for students in Year 11. We are so proud of how brilliantly they have coped with their assessments and the numerous challenges they have overcome over the course of this year.


Teaching and Learning and the new curriculum

Since September we have been developing our approach to Teaching and Learning which is based around a model called DRICE. Within this model we have been focusing on deepening thinking and engagement. Deepening thinking formed the basis of our joint training day with our cluster primary schools in January when we looked at metacognition or thinking about thinking. Metacognition enables students to plan, monitor and assess their own understanding and performance which ultimately will ensure that they become life long learners. This is really important as we start to prepare for the new Curriculum For Wales which is due to be delivered to students in Year 7 from 2022.

The new Curriculum For Wales is a purpose driven curriculum which means that the new curriculum must support the development of the four new purposes. These are;

  • Ambitious capable learners
  • Enterprising, creative contributors
  • Healthy, confident individuals
  • Ethical, informed citizens

The four purposes align perfectly with our whole school core values of commitment, equality and integrity.

This year our teaching teams have been undertaking some trial projects for the new Curriculum For Wales.  These projects represent a new way of curriculum planning and have been developed to support the four purposes and our core values. Staff will be sharing the findings of this work over the next few weeks.


Medicines in school

Please can parents and carers whose children have been prescribed medicines (such as antibiotics) ensure these are given to reception with clear instructions about timings of doses.  This allows us to store these securely which is important for the safety of all our students. Please note we are not allowed to provide students with any medicines ourselves which includes pain killers such as paracetamol and students should not be bringing these in. The parents or carers of any student who needs to take medication during the day, must ensure these are given to reception.

School uniform

Just a reminder that students are not allowed to wear their coats inside the school building. Any student wishing to have an additional warm layer will need to wear the optional school jumper and/or a blazer.

On days that our students have PE they can continue to attend in their Newport High School PE kit. Please note, as this is part of our uniform, they have to wear the school kit.

Any parents that have a specific issue with uniform need to contact their child’s Form Tutor in the first instance so we can work with you to resolve this.

Equipment and masks

A huge plea for parents and carers to support us by ensuring their child/children attend school with a bag, a face mask and basic equipment including a pen.  We are still giving out around 400 masks a day and numerous pens, at a significant cost to the school.

Health and Safety

Just a reminder of our key Health and Safety requirements:

  1. Students must not mix outside their contact groups.
  2. All students (except those who are medically exempt) will need to wear a mask at all times whilst on site.
  3. All students need to wash or sanitise their hands frequently. This includes on entering and leaving the school building, on entering and leaving a classroom, before and after break and lunch and before and after going to the toilet.

These measures are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our whole school community and to try and keep as many students with us in school and learning.


Lateral Flow Testing

Lateral Flow Tests must not be used if you are unwell or have any COVID symptoms. If you are unwell you must go for a PCR Covid test at a testing centre. It is also crucial that anyone taking part in our Lateral Flow Testing waits for 30 minutes before reading their results but does not leave the test strip for longer than this period as after this the test strip can produce a second line as it dries out.

It is extremely important that these tests are carried out correctly as there may be disruptive implications in the event of a positive result. Under our policy, we would need to ask that student to go for a PCR test and may have to isolate the entire year group as a precaution until we have a negative result.


If anyone does test positive for COVID-19 with the Lateral Flow Test they need to inform both NHS Wales and let us know at school by following the link they have been sent.

Anyone who tests positively for COVID-19 with a Lateral Flow test must not attend school, should self-isolate and arrange for a PCR test to confirm if they have COVID-19. The PCR test must be done within 24 hours of the positive Lateral Flow Test.


These tests are a useful additional measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however, even in the event of a negative Lateral Flow Test, all other health and safety measures must be maintained.


It is absolutely crucial that anyone who is unwell or living with someone with symptoms does not attend school. This is to protect the health of everyone. I really appreciate your support with this to reduce the risks of transmission.

Unfortunately, over the past few weeks, one third of all cases of COVID- 19 across Newport have been identified in Bettws and Malpas. I am attaching a letter from Newport City Council outlining the issues.

If anyone is feeling unwell, or has any of the three identified symptoms, they must self-isolate and get a COVID test and not attend school.  The symptoms are:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • loss of taste and smell

If anyone has tested positively for COVID-19 within the last 10 days, or is living with someone in the same household who has tested positively or has symptoms, they must self-isolate for 10 days.

Please keep us informed if your child is unwell by contacting school in the usual way. During this period of remote learning we have a reduced number of staff on site so if you need to contact us please do so either by emailing on or telephoning on 01633 820100.

Please continue to use the Newport High School out of hours COVID-19 line to report if your child has had a positive test. Please only leave a message on this service if your child has had a positive test result. The number for this is: 01633 820 101

As this is a dedicated service for confirmation of positive COVID-19 test results, please do not use this service to report any other information as these messages will not be checked or responded to.

With many thanks for your continued support

Kind regards

Mrs Lee