Mrs Dewland's Weekly Blog - Week 11

Welcome to this week’s blog.

As I am sure you are all aware, the Government has released its plans for all pupils to return to full-time, compulsory education in September.  The guidance is welcome and means that we can start to coordinate our response.  The school will write to all parents in due course, but in the meantime, thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

It is an enormous piece of work to coordinate timetables, staffing and physical space while keeping pupils and colleagues safe. Rest assured, the children’s best interests are at the heart of our decision-making.  We cannot wait to have a full complement of pupils learning in school.

Today, we have welcomed back the third of our four cohorts of Year 10.  The second group last week, like the first, were exemplary in their attitudes to learning and respecting social distancing. Thank you to them.

I also want to say a big ‘well done’ to our separate ‘bubble’ of children - entitled to a place by the Government - and who have been in school every day since the 8th June.

The pupils have enjoyed some variety with lessons in the mornings and enrichment activities in the afternoons. They have worked really well together and deserve a lot of praise.

Throughout the lockdown period, it has also been great to see what our pupils have been up to, away from the academic learning. 

Lola, from Year 7, has shared the results of her labours in the garden. Her family are in for some real treats looking at the pictures of different vegetables on this Facebook page.

And congratulations to Harry in Year 10 who took part in the first virtual British Rowing Championship last weekend.  He has only been involved in the sport a year and borrowed a rowing machine to take part.  Harry rowed against up to 60 entrants in two Year 10 events, coming first in the five-minute ‘B final’ rowing 1391m and 11th in the 500m A final with a personal best of 1:34:5.  The PE staff are all impressed. It was a phenomenal effort – well done Harry and, hopefully, there is more to come.

Finally, please look out for the latest edition of Healing Hotline which will try to round up a rather eventful year!

As always, I hope you and your family keep well and stay safe.

Mrs Dewland

Principal