19 May 2020 update

Dear Parents, Carers and Students


I hope that you had a good start to the week and remain safe and well.


Further to my previous updates on Friday and yesterday, I am now delighted to link to what I hope is a self-explanatory letter from Dr Coleen Jackson, Chair of the Achievement or All Education Trust, detailing our approach to the Department for Education’s recent request that school’s consider offering some ‘face-to-face support to supplement the remote education to school for Years 10 and 12’ >>>

This approach was approved at yesterday afternoon’s meeting of Trust Directors and I am very grateful to them for endorsing a strategy which, I hope you agree, is in the best interests not only of Years 10 and 12 but the school community as a whole. In particular, it enables specialist teachers to still have the time and capacity to set the best quality online lessons for all year groups as a whole.


If you are the parent of a Year 10 student, please click on the following link: https://forms.office.com>>>


If you are the parent of a Year 12 student, please click on the following link: https://forms.office.com>>>


Please register by 9am on Friday 22 May. Please ensure you identify:

Whether you would like the Personal Progress Tutorial in school or at home online via Teams; the latter will of course also enable parents and carers to be directly involved in the discussion alongside the student

  • Any specific focus areas that you would like discussed at the Tutorial should be recorded in the text box so the meeting is a genuine two-way process of discussion around successes, areas for development and further support and targets for next steps in learning

This information will enable us to begin planning the logistics of tutor allocation and the scheduling of sessions and rooms after our return from Half Term. The outcomes of each Personal Progress Tutorial will be recorded on a proforma for on-going reference to support future learning and advice.


If the tutorial takes place on site, clearly all social distancing protocols need to operate at all times.  It would therefore be preferable wherever possible for the tutorials to be conducted online in order to minimise any risk.  If the option of an online tutorial is taken, this will also reduce the need to open and manage associated facilities such as toilets and is likely to make the administration and running of the tutorials more efficient. Please note there will be no parking on site, students will need to make their own way to school. 


In addition to this key development, I am also pleased to now be able to provide the following link to the recording of last Thursday’s Gazing webinar. A set of materials following the session are attached below. I hope you find them useful.




Schools have also been asked by the Local Education Authority to share the following message from Thames Valley Police and Public Health:


After six weeks of strict social distancing, new measures were introduced which allows people to go outside to socialise or exercise with a friend as long as they stay two metres apart. This will no doubt be a relief both to yourselves as parents and particularly to your children after being cooped up for so long.


No doubt many will have already taken the opportunity to get outside and meet with a friend. It’s natural that following their new-found freedom some will be tempted to meet with more than one friend and they may not understand the risks of doing so – to themselves and to others.


Please make sure your children know what they can do when they go out, and that you know where they are going and who they are meeting. As a summary, they should:


  • Stay at home as much as they can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Only meet with one other person and stay two metres apart at all times
  • Wash their hands regularly


If you need more information about social distancing visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


In view of writing both today and yesterday, I will now write again on Friday with my last briefing prior to Half Term. ‘Normal service’ of Monday, Wednesday and Friday updates will resume on our return from the break on 1 June.


With very best wishes

Derek Peaple, Headteacher


Click images below for further PDFs >>>

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