30th August 2021


We are now awaiting the government announcement on or around 17th May. This should give us more indications about any further changes we need to put into place. We have already decided to keep our bubbles right up until the end of this school year in any case – I think students at school have enjoyed some parts of this – being in their own year group in the canteens is an example. The extra cleanliness that we have enforced upon all has resulted in fewer people getting colds and sniffles so we intend on keeping this going right through to the end of the year anyway – possibly beyond.

Year 11 are continuing to work hard and need to maintain this focus for another 19 school days. These days are crucial to ensuring that they have as much evidence as possible to support the teacher assessed grades that will be put forward for them.

We are planning some opening up around our Federation Games for years 7 and 8 and our Transition events for Year 6 into 7 will also hopefully go ahead.

We have adjusted our system at the start of the school day to tighten up on students who are late to school. Our day begins at 8.45am and any time after this is regarded as late. We want to promote good habits for lifelong work. So we are being tough on late students, who will lose social time in the day if they are late for school. Clearly most people are on time so it only affects those who miss the 8.45am time deadline.

As we look ahead to May, Year 10 have a virtual Parents’ Evening on Thursday, 20 May, which will be a valuable opportunity for parents/carers to talk with subject teachers and discuss how their child is progressing. Details of this will be sent out next week.

A reminder to all students and parents/carers, LFD test kits are for asymptomatic testing ONLY. If any member of a household displays any SINGLE ONE of the published COVID symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual), a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, OR things smell or taste different to normal), then a PCR test must be arranged and they need to self-isolate until the test result is received. The guidance that is issued at that point must then be followed.

I do hope you enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.

Matthew Parr-Burman

Executive Headteacher and Head of Medina College