9 April 2020 Update

Dear Parents, Carers and Students


I hope you are making the most of what will surely be the strangest ‘break’ we will ever experience.  At least it offers, I hope, a little less pressured time for you all to spend together as families.


I feel genuinely humbled to be working alongside you in the most extraordinary of times.  How the whole community pulled together during what is now broadly being described as the ‘reaction’ phase of schools’ responses was truly remarkable.  I am very confident about our preparations to move into the ‘adjustment’ on our return after Easter.  Staff have been working very hard on planning for lesson delivery, and we also have a range of wider enrichment and ‘virtual community’ activities lined up.


The current spirit is for me epitomised by three things in particular. Mr Marshall’s wonderful ‘in-House’ Challenges. The work of the incomparable, inspirational Mrs Wendy Hayes in the establishment of her one person ‘production line’ of PPE for care workers, featured on BBC South Today last week and the local and national press, including this which appeared in the Evening Standard on Monday:




Finally, as I am sure many of you will have already also seen on the school’s Facebook Page, the wonderful gesture by the PHSA Committee in kindly donating the chocolate collected for The Easter Raffle to the NHS as a thank you from us all.  All chocolate collected has been passed to The Royal Berkshire Hospital and will be placed in their Wellbeing Room for staff to enjoy.  Thank you for your contributions, which we are sure will be gratefully appreciated.


There’s little else to add by way of relevant national update, save for those of you in Year 11 or the Sixth Form, we thought that the following diagram may help to clarify the processes and procedures that are going to be used to predict grades:


Exam Awards


I’ll do a further update at the end of next week.  In the meantime...


Wishing you all a Happy Easter.



Derek Peaple