Head of School’s Blog – 12th March 2021

12th March 2021


Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to start this week by thanking all students, parents/carers and staff for their support with successfully getting back in to the school routine. I appreciate it has been an unusual week with the staggered start for the students to accommodate the LFD testing.

We are pleased with the way the students have conducted themselves with this. They have been very mature and I am extremely proud of them. For the students who are taking part, next week will involve test two and three for some, and test three for others. We will then be distributing home test kits for students to test at home, results will then need to be submitted to a Government website and the school. Further details regarding this will follow early next week.

Students have been reminded in year group assemblies, led by me this week, about the importance of remembering their A, B, C, D, E. Attendance, Behaviour, Classwork, Dress code and Expectations. These are areas that are part of daily routines.

This week has seen the Year 9 Options process start. Information has been sent to all Year 9 students and our website has been updated with the booklet, an introductory video from Mr Krista, our Federation Deputy Headteacher who has been leading on this, and also some fantastic subject videos from our subject staff and some of our students. Next week Year 9 parents/carers have the opportunity to have virtual meetings with subject staff to ask any individual questions they may have. This is on Tuesday, 16 March between 4pm and 7pm.

We continue to push the importance of hands, face, space. Respecting each other and looking after each other continues to be key during these times, so please do remind your children that even as daily routines begin to start to be more ‘normal’, we still need to be vigilant and aware of our hand and respiratory hygiene at all times.

Matthew Parr-Burman

Executive Headteacher and Head of Medina College

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KS4 Options 2021

Key Stage 4 Options

The process for choosing Key Stage 4 options subjects begins on 11th March 2021. On this page, you will find lots of useful information which will help you to make your choices. Please start with watching the introduction video which explains the process in full. 

You can then work your way through the rest of the information on the page. You will find: 

  • The Options Booklet for 2021
  • The Careers Booklet “Your Future”
  • A copy of the letter sent to parents on 9th March 2021
  • Subject information videos
  • A Careers information video
  • A Higher Education and The Island VI Form video

Please click ‘Fullscreen mode’ on the documents to open them in a new tab. Click the square in the bottom right hand of the videos to open them full screen. 

Options Booklet

Careers Booklet

Letter to Parents

  • Art & Design

  • Business Studies

  • Child Development

  • Computer Science

  • Design Technology

  • Drama

  • Fashion & Textiles

  • Food & Nutrition

  • French

  • Geography

  • Graphics

  • Health & Social Care

  • History

  • Latin

  • Music

  • Music Technology

  • Photography

  • RE, Philosophy & Ethics

  • Spanish

  • Sport

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Higher Education and The Island VI Form

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding

The Government released funding to support children and young people to catch up on lost time after the school closures in March 2020. 

Please see the document below to read full details of how this funding is being used at Medina College. 

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding