Mrs Dewland's Blog - February 1st 2021

Welcome to my weekly blog.

I know I have said this before, but we cannot thank parents/carers enough for supporting their children with home schooling.  The vast majority of staff are parents too, and we understand how difficult a balance it is working and supporting children with home schooling.  All any of us can do is our best.

I am proud of pupils’ engagement rates with our online platform and this has only been achieved because of the support and encouragement given to children by parents and carers, so thank you!

None of us are making judgments if pupils are struggling with their work nor expecting parents to teach their children.  That is our job and one we cannot wait to return to, in a classroom, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Like me, I am sure you noted last week the Prime Minister’s hope for schools to start returning from the 8th March if it is safe to do so.  This, of course, is dependent on so many factors, none of which we have control over.

In my mind, a full return across secondary education is some way off and so, as a school community, we need to keep supporting each other.  In the meantime, we appreciate your support.

Half term is on the horizon and all schools were notified last week that they should close completely during half-term. This is welcome, as pupils and colleagues need some down time.

The testing for coronavirus has gone well since we opened our centre last week, and a big thank you for the supportive messages we have received.  I was so proud of the mature way in which pupils in school approached the testing.

On another note, what continues to make colleagues smile are the pictures being sent in by pupils and parents demonstrating their talents.  We have shared a number on Facebook and please keep sending them to 

Pupils are involved in a range of interesting challenges and activities across different faculties.

Creative minds, for instance, have been at work on the Tunnock’s teacake competition in Technology. I loved, for example, the wonderful entries by Mia (Year 8) and Gemma (Year 7). Well done!  The pet presentations in the MFL department have also been a unique idea.  Thank you to teachers and pupils for being so creative.

I hope you and your family stay safe and please remember how much all your efforts are appreciated.

Mrs Dewland