26 June 2020 Update

Dear Parents, Carers and Students


Unlike Number 10, I have decided not to curtail my regular briefings! This may or may not be welcomed!


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of ‘donning the dinner suit’ in thirty degree mid-afternoon heat alongside an equally resplendent Mr Tree, Mrs Rowland, Mr Holland and Mr Sutton (with Mrs Jones as official photographer) to hand deliver - at appropriate social distance - our annual sports awards to each of the winner’s homes! Never has a sartorial sacrifice been more worthwhile! It was an absolute joy and pleasure. One of the truly great days of my 33 years in teaching. Congratulations to all our winners, and to every student who has contributed so wonderfully to school sport in this most strangely constrained of academic years. And thank you to the amazing PE Department for all the organisation. A reminder of why teaching is the best job in the world. The programme for the presentation event can be downloaded here>>>


And enjoy a teaser of the event itself...



It has also been wonderful to receive so much positive feedback on Personal Progress Tutorials and practical sessions on site this week. Thank you for all your support. Your positive comments and reflections mean the world. I know how much staff have enjoyed them and seeing you. It’s what we get up for.


I can advise now that the school will not be open over the summer holiday period for key worker and vulnerable children following a DFE directive. We are currently in discussions with a number of external providers regarding virtual and other ‘summer school’ type activities. I will of course update in due course.


I trust that you all received the update on consolidation week activities for Years 7, 8 and 9 yesterday and that extension work will be available for all those students who feel up to date and confident about learning covered so far. It’s obviously our intention to meet - and appropriately balance - the learning and welfare needs of every young person. This is a big picture, with a constantly changing frame. And the shading is different for every young person and every family.


Lastly, a final reminder about the forthcoming deadline for Personal Best, so if you do have any further inspirational stories about what you have been doing over the lockdown period please do get them to us by Monday. A pleasant weekend task. Thank you!


Have a great weekend.


Very best wishes

Derek Peaple