1 April 2020 Update

Dear Parents, Carers and Students


I hope you are all safe and well.


We have been spending the last few days reviewing all your feedback on the last week and a half of online learning and are now working together as Departments and a Senior Leadership Team to further refine provision after Easter.  We will look to build in all the many positives and suggestions for improvement - thank you. The central themes will obviously be ensuring variety, engagement and excitement in delivery alongside the communication channels which are known and understood by everyone. I will update on key features in my final communication of the term on Friday.


We have also now reviewed all the needs of Key Workers over the Easter period and confirmed that the school will close completely on Good Friday and Easter Monday - as well as Wednesdays 8 April and 15 April - but will be open for pre-identified students throughout the rest of the holiday.


In the meantime:


  • Please continue to take part in Mr Marshall’s wonderful ‘In-House’ Challenges: we are getting some great photos


  • Enjoy the virtual messages for each Year Group from Heads of Learning via Teams.  In order to access, go to your year group Team – for example, Year 7 students go to the Team called PHS Year 7.  On the landing page, a tab will have been added called Mr Jones’ assembly April 1st


  • My virtual ‘This isn’t infinity; there is a beyond!’ end of term assembly featuring your favourite Toy Story characters old and new is posted on the school Facebook page and on Twitter. You’ve got a ‘friend’ in me!


  • As we continue with our enrichment activities:


  • Amazon has cancelled the subscription of audio stories for children and students of all ages for as long as schools are closed, children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being children. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link https://stories.audible.com/start-listen




My last full update prior to the holiday will follow on Friday. Thank you so very much for your continued support and understanding at this time.


Best wishes

D J Peaple