Whole School Letter – 21-01-2022

Friday 21st January 2022

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 9 Options

We are starting the countdown to option choices for our Year 9 students. We have a wide range of support for students to ensure they make the best choice to support them in Key Stage 4 and beyond.

More information will be shared as we approach each stage but I thought it would be helpful to give you an overview of the forthcoming key dates:

  • Year 9 Parents Evening -Thursday 27th January
  • GCSE option student taster sessions and option assemblies – w/c 31st January
  • Final option selection – Wednesday 16th January

Students will then have 1 to 1 sessions with a member of staff after half-term to discuss their choices and address any final queries.

Reading, Oracy and Writing – ROW

We are continuing to work on developing our Reading, Oracy and Writing skills, using our ‘Skills Habits’ and rubrics to evaluate progress. We are having a real focus on spelling and will be using a number of strategies to support students to improve their spelling. These include;

  • Break the word into sounds (d-i-a-r-y)
  • Break the word into syllables (re -mem- ber)
  • Mispronounce the word ( Wed-nes-day)
  • Separate affixes (dis+satisfy)

It would be great if you could support these approaches with your child and talk to them about their spelling.


A huge thanks to all those parents and carers who support their children to arrive at school on time. We have a small number of students who are persistently late which means that they are missing out on valuable learning time. Just a reminder we start school at 8.45am. Please can you encourage your child to be at school on time and reinforce the importance of punctuality. This is a vital part of making the transition from school to work and whenever we are asked to complete references for students we are asked about their punctuality. We record lateness to school so it is really important that students are on time and ready to learn.


Please do not send your child to school if they have symptoms. This is the most effective way for us to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

We are encouraging all students to take regular Lateral Flow Tests and we are now asking that this to be increased to three times a week. This means that your child should be doing their Lateral Flow Tests on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Anyone who tests positive on a Lateral Flow should self-isolate for 7 days, not attend school and re-test with a Lateral Flow on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation. If these two tests are both negative students can return to school on day 8. If either of these tests are positive, or students continue to be unwell, or have a temperature, they must continue to self-isolate.  

Hand washing is also a very effective way of reducing the spread of Covid-19 and we will continue to ask students to wash their hands regularly and, where they cannot do this, use hand sanitiser.

We also require all students to wear a mask whilst they are on the school site. This includes whilst they are in the classroom. It is important that students bring their own mask to school and wear this at all times whilst in the building.

We are also asking staff and students to socially distance wherever possible and all students will be expected to sit in a seating plan whilst in lessons. This is to support contact tracing and is a key element of our risk management.

It is known that Covid-19 transmits less in fresh air and to support this we will be asking staff to keep the windows open for the first part of each lesson to allow fresh air to circulate. As a result of this, it may be slightly cooler in the classroom so students may choose to wear their coat. Please note that hoodies are not permitted and students may not wear hoodies to school. We are continuing with our outside lunch system on dry days in the main canteen to ensure all students spend more time outside during their lunch break. Any student purchasing ‘grab and go’ food and drinks at lunchtime, or bringing a packed lunch, will be asked to eat their lunch outside. Any student who chooses to purchase a hot plated meal will be permitted to eat this in the canteen but will be asked to go outside as soon as they have finished eating.  Please be reassured we monitor the weather closely and students will not be required to go outside when the weather is inclement.

If we need to revert to remote learning for any year groups we will do this via Teams. If you know your child would not be able to access Teams because of IT issues please can you let their Form Tutor know so we have an accurate and up to date record.

With many thanks for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mrs Lee