29 June 2020 Update

Dear Parents, Carers and Students


I hope you all had a good weekend and remain safe and well.


Following last Thursday’s wonderful Sports Awards, I’m greatly looking forward to the equally brilliant, ‘virtual’ versions of a host of events over the next few weeks: Year 7 and 12 Induction and Sixth Form UCAS and Careers Week. I am so grateful to all staff for the ingenuity and creativity shown in putting together the respective programmes. If you haven’t done so already - and even if you aren’t the parent of a new, younger student joining us in September - do take a look at the Year 7 Transition Portal. It’s a great example of using technology in a dynamic way to support learning. The way in which it has evolved is attracting national interest as a model of next practice:




From a related perspective, you’ll notice from the Online Safety and Digital Well-being section of the site on the Home Page that we are partnered with SafeToNet, one of the world’s leading tech safety companies. I’m delighted to advise that The SafeToNet Foundation, with the support and advocacy of the Government, is giving 1 million licences of the SafeToNet software to UK families free for life. To take up this fantastic opportunity to keep our young people as safe as possible online, simply follow these steps, which takes you initially to the Gov.UK site:


  1. Go to https://cutt.ly/GieV74Y
  2. Follow the link to the SafeToNet website in the ‘Apps to keep children safe online’ section
  3. Register your details before midnight on 1st August
  4. Activate your App on your smartphone or tablet by 30 August


The site is increasingly busy this week with provision for almost 40 key worker and vulnerable students, practical sessions for students in Years 10 and 12 continuing and the return of socially distanced coaching sessions for Hungerford Town Football and Mad Dog Rugby students.


For parents of students in Year 7, please find below a link to a wellbeing survey. Please complete and submit this by Midday on Friday 3 July here >>>


For parents in Year 9, I can also advise that the difficult decision to suspend the offer of Triple Science has been reviewed and reversed by the Trust Board in light of what now seems almost certain to be a full time return to school in September for all year groups. This has changed the context for the delivery of the subject which we could not have envisaged at the time the decision was taken, and longer-term discontinuity in onsite learning seemed inevitable.

For parents of Year 11 students, Mr Hawkins and Mrs Onions are looking forward to answering some of your questions relating to Sixth Form live on Friday 3 July at 2.30pm. If you have any specific questions you would like them to address, please do get in touch via email at bhawkins@parkhouseschool.org or nonions@parkhouseschool.org prior to the event.  Parents can view the Q&A session live with their child via the student RMUnify log in screen. 


I hope that everyone has a productive and enjoyable week, consolidating earlier learning, attempting extension activities or continuing with programmes of study at the pace that best suits.


Finally, the latest In-House activity can be found here >>>


Very best wishes

Derek Peaple