Mrs Dewland's Blog - March 1st 2021

Welcome to my weekly blog.  This will be the final one during this lockdown and prior to the full re-opening of the school.  I hope you have found the updates and communication useful again.  

Thank you to parents/carers for your patience and support while we finalise plans to reopen the school fully from next Monday (8th March).

We have also had announcements in the last week from the Government on summer schools and confirmation that Year 11 exams will be teacher assessed grades.  We are looking at the details and guidance regarding both announcements and will respond to pupils and parents/carers in due course.  Again, thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. 

The focus last week regarding the work around the full reopening has been on the safety of our pupils and staff. This has included the need to organise COVID-19 testing for the whole school community, which has been a huge logistical challenge in itself.

As already stated on last week’s blog, the return to school from Monday 8th March will be phased, as per Government guidance, and details will be communicated to parents/carers imminently. 

What I can say wholeheartedly is that we are really looking forward to all of our pupils being back in school.

Their return comes too late for World Book Day, which is on Thursday, but that will not stop our English department from celebrating it!  Members of the department are preparing a range of online activities, so please look out for them. There could also be surprises if pupils are logging in for live lessons on the day!

As part of World Book day, we also want to celebrate any ‘inspirational reads’ that you may have read during lockdown and wish to tell others about it.  Send your recommendation, plus a picture of you with your favourite book, to your English teacher via Google Classroom, or email it to

Another initiative that worked really well was the screen-free Friday before half term and I would like to congratulate pupils and staff on their creativity.

We had a whole manner of responses, with pupils making everything from pizzas to Shakespeare games; it was great to see.

Anyway, the countdown clock to next Monday is well and truly ticking! 

Stay safe and well.

Mrs Dewland