26th March 2021


I would like to start this week by celebrating Medina College’s nomination in the Secondary School Finalist category of the Isle of Wight Sports Achievement Awards, hosted by the Isle of Wight Sports Foundation. I am incredibly proud to be able to say that we were fortunate enough to win this category, which is sponsored by The Delphie Lakeman Memorial Trust. We, as a school, do not underestimate the importance of sports and the wider impact and benefits that it has on our young people, as well as our staff. Two of our students were also in the winning team of the The Junior Team award, sponsored by Spence Willard, which was handed to Rew Valley Girls U15 football team. Well done to them too!

The Year 9 Options choices deadline was today, so thank you to all parents/carers who have taken the time to ensure this has been completed. If you have not yet done so, then please can I ask you to do this as soon as possible.

Some bespoke revision sessions are being provided over the Easter break for Year 11 and 13. If your child has been invited to attend, please ensure that they do so as this will provide opportunities for them to improve their grades.

It is important over the next two weeks that we are all sensible and follow Government guidance. Some of the restrictions that have been in place are being eased, so it is therefore even more important that we continue to follow the hands, faces, space routine. It is also important that we continue to test ourselves using the LFD kits over the Easter period. Can I please stress how important it is that one is carried out the morning of Monday 12 April (or evening of Sunday 11 April) before the students return to school. The school website has the details of how and who to notify the results to. This is vital to keep our learning community open and providing face to face education for our young people.

Thank you for your support this term, I appreciate that it has been a challenging few months but the students have started to settle back in to routine well. It will be important that we keep this going and do not have to lose time at the start of the Summer term relaying the foundations of our expectations. All students need to be on time, in the correct unform and ready to learn. They need to have positive attitudes to learning and be the very best they can – for themselves. 

Matthew Parr-Burman

Executive Headteacher and Head of Medina College