Head of School’s Blog – 16th July 2021


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This week has been busy for the students and the staff. Year 10 enjoyed a taster day at The Island VI Form, our VI Form provision which is based in Newport. They had the opportunity to experience a range of the exciting subjects that are on offer and also get a feel for what life as VI Form student might be like. The Island VI Form is an ideal bridge between school and higher education or employment and gives students more freedom and responsibility. Students are encouraged to manage their own time and develop the study and work skills needed for university, or the world of work.

Some of our Year 7 students enjoyed a few hours at UKSA on Monday. This type of activity is really important as it gives the students an opportunity to experience a different type of activity which they may not otherwise have the privilege to take part in. It was also Year 7 Parents’ Evening this week. Thank you to all parents/carers who booked virtual appointments, we hope that you found them useful in understanding what your child needs to do next to make progress.

We had a visit from Ofsted this week, for a Section 8 Monitoring inspection. This was a one-day visit, by one inspector, who looked at the progress that we have made since our full Section 5 inspection in January 2020. The purpose of the visit is to check that we are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school. The report will be available after the summer break. As soon as I am able to share this report with you, I will.

Next week we will be holding Awards Assemblies, celebrating awards across all subject areas and tutor groups. It is important to celebrate our successes especially at the end of a busy and challenging academic year.

I am sure you are all aware that we take Step 4 out of lockdown on Monday. As I mentioned last week, bubble arrangements that we have had in place in regard to lessons, break and lunchtimes will remain until the end of this summer term. Although the Government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law, there is an expectation and recommendation that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, this includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college. Therefore, if your child uses public or school transport, please can you remind them to continue to wear their face covering. More details will be provided next week, but there is an important update to be aware of, which is slightly different to the national guidance regarding Test and Trace processes. Our Local Authority is asking us to keep our testing and contact tracing processes in place until the end of term (not Monday 19 July). This is because these processes have been working well and it will help support a smooth transition to the new system that will be led by NHS Test and Trace after that time.