3 April 2020 Update

Dear Parents, Carers and Students


Well, we made it - together! Made it to the end of a term in which almost literally overnight, schooling - alongside much else of what we have taken so nonchalantly for granted in modern society - was turned upside down. And how brilliantly we have adapted - together! I could not be more grateful to, and proud of, our entire school community. Thank you all for your combination of creativity, forbearance and resilience in enabling us to ensure continuity of great learning in these extraordinary times. The feedback has been amazing, and greatly appreciated. Somehow, as I write this, I feel that we have emerged even stronger and, dare I say it, better as a result.


The unique spirit of our community in this context has been no better captured than over the last three days by the extraordinary efforts of Mrs Wendy Hayes in producing visors for use by frontline care staff locally and, indeed, right across the country...


Wendy Hayes
Wendy and Steve
Mask in use
Mask In Use




We applaud you.


Watch out for a feature on this amazing work on the BBC over the next few days.


So, where next.


Firstly, please enjoy - as far as possible - the ‘holiday’ period and spend quality time together as families, largely uninterrupted by Show My Homework and Online learning!


Secondly, please continue to enjoy the fun and enrichment activities incorporated in our ‘In-House’ Challenges that will continue to run throughout the holidays. Thank you, Mr Marshall.


Thirdly, at the same time rest assured that the staff here have been working flat out to respond to all your feedback, reviewing the pattern of lesson delivery for when we return on 20 April. Variety, creativity and flexibility are the common themes as we build on what we have learnt and move forward. On our first day back you will receive an outline plan of learning for each year group in each subject for next half term. This is designed to aid the management of learning time more effectively and really understand where each piece of work is heading. We’ll also be using this coding with the aim of clarifying how the work is best approached and completed:




This approach has also taken account of an invaluable opportunity to have discussed the development of learning with a school in Seoul, South Korea - a country whose response is about six weeks in advance of the UK.


I will write to you twice over the holiday period, just to keep in touch. The following general points of information therefore represent a final update for the term:


  • We have just received Ofqual’s announcement about the process for awarding GCSE and A Level grades this summer. I am very reassured by it, and should wish to pass this on to you as students and parents. It’s fair and consistent. The approach is rooted in principled, evidence-based professional assessment by teams of teachers who know every student in the round, and a belief in ethical school leadership which will ensure grades are awarded in a such a way to do justice to each young person. More information is available here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/how-gcses-as-a-levels-will-be-awarded-in-summer-2020


  • The Community Support Hub has been set up to assist those who need any help and support. The hub is also there to help people who wish to volunteer in the community and don’t know where to start. Contact details are Community Support Hub : westberksbct@westberks.gov.uk Tel: 01635 503579


  • Sixth Form students, please watch out for the latest edition of the PH6 Newsletter from Mr Hawkins


Wishing you all the very best for Easter. Thank you all for your wonderful support. Stay safe and well.


D J Peaple