23rd April 2021

Dear students, parents and carers,

We have had another positive week. I am impressed with how well most of our students have returned. We are continuing to have our high expectations. It is very important that all students are on time, that they come equipped, ready, and able to learn, and in the correct uniform. We have a minority of students that are still wearing non-uniform hoodies/sweaters – please can I ask for your support as these must not be worn.

We need to continue to follow government guidelines on the wearing of masks – they are still mandatory in secondary schools. Home testing kits were given out this week and we urge you report your results. The school website has the details of how and who to notify the results to.

It was great to see so many students getting involved with the PE clubs after school this week. Other faculty areas are putting on extra-curricular activities too and the timetable for this is enclosed.  These clubs are being run following government guidance in a covid secure way in line with our current procedures.

Attendance for the college is currently 93.1%. We would like to see this improve, especially in year 10, as they are the year group with the most absence. Students need to be in lessons so that they get the best chances to learn and make progress.

Year 11 have 24 school days left. They need to continue to use this time wisely so that they can demonstrate to their teacher the grade that they deserve. It is not too late to make a difference, so please do encourage them to focus on their learning.  Year 11 are in the process of having their initial interviews with Mr Mumford, Head of School at The Island VI Form, which is an important part of their next step.

Well done to the top reward point achievers in the last week of the Spring term: Year 7 Alban F, Year 8 Joanna M, Year 9 Ryan I, Year 10 Dylan M and in Year 11 we had joint winners Daniel Y and Benji H.

I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Karen Begley  

 Executive Deputy Headteacher/Head of School