16th April 2021


We have had a very positive start this week. The students have come back enthusiastic and, in the main, wearing appropriate uniform and ready to learn.

The next 30 school days are vital for Year 11. They need 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 for this period of time. Year 11 are also 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.

Thank you to all Year 9 parents/carers who completed the Options forms. The first round of processing is now complete, so any queries we have regarding subjects that students have selected will be followed up by the end of this month. This is a very exciting time for Year 9 as it a key point in their learning journey.

We are very pleased to be able to say that some extra-curricular clubs will be starting from next week. These will be run in a COVID-secure way, in line with the procedures that we are working within every day. The staff who are running these clubs are very much looking forward to re-engaging the students in these activities next week.

As a nation, we took step 2 on the roadmap out of lockdown at the beginning of this week. I am sure that you will agree, this is good progress and should be enjoyed, but please can I remind you to be cautious and continue to follow the basic messages which have become part of our every day lives.

  • If your child or any member of your household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, then you must all isolate and arrange a test for the person who has symptoms.
  • If you are using the home LFD tests, please continue to do so and report the results appropriately. If anyone tests positive, then the household must isolate and arrange for a confirmatory PCR test.
  • Please continue to follow the hands, face, space and ventilation routine.

All of these things are essential if we are to continue making progress out of lockdown.

I unfortunately have some very sad news to share with you this week. One of our LSA team, Ms Roz Barnden, died this week, she had been ill for some time. She was a key member of the team who supported so many of our young people and staff. She will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences to her children and her family. If your child had been specifically supported by Roz and you wish to make a contribution to a collection in Roz’s memory for a charity of the family’s choice, then please pop this in to reception.

I hope you enjoy the weekend, which with some luck will involve some sunshine.

Matthew Parr-Burman

Executive Headteacher and Head of Medina College