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12th August 2021

Dear parent / carer

I am writing to you with regard to the start of the new academic year and our expectations in terms of the school uniform.

Uniform is an important part of a school’s identity. It reinforces who we are as a community and helps allow students to feel pride in their school. It also ensures students are not put under any pressure because of the type of clothes they wear, and all are treated equally. It also helps prepare students for life after school where many will have to dress smartly for work.

We believe that our uniform is to be worn with pride and consequently we have high expectations. The full details of items to be worn are clearly listed on the school website – and can be found in the student planners. There is no room for personal interpretation as the list of acceptable items is clear.

We will be enforcing our uniform standards when we return in September. All students must wear the full and correct uniform for school, school occasions and PE lessons. We will check the uniform of all students on the gate and at tutor time. Students who come to school dressed incorrectly may, if there is no adequate reason, be sent home to change or parents contacted to bring in the correct items. In addition, all items of uniform, especially blazers and coats should be labelled with the student’s name.

We are sending this letter out now as we wanted to give parents / carers time to ensure that the correct items have been purchased. If you are unsure whether a piece of uniform is acceptable, please consult the school before buying.

It will remain the case for the first half of the term that students will attend school in their kit if they have a PE lesson that day. Full details on the kit are also on the website and expectations remain the same as for all other aspects of our uniform.

Start of Academic Year Arrangements – Reminder

The new school year will begin for the new Year 7 on 2nd September with their own induction programme on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd September.  Details for the start of the year for the new 7s are in a letter sent to parents.

Students starting in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 will attend school on Friday 3rd September 2021 from 11am until 1pm. Again, all students should attend school in full uniform. The details for each year group are below:

Years 8 + 11                                                        Years 9 + 10                                                                       

Friday 3rd September                                    Friday 3rd September

Timing of day: 11.00-1.00                              Timing of day: 11.00-13.00

11.00 Assembly in Sports Hall                      11.00 – 12.30 Induction with tutors

11.30 – 1.00 Induction with tutors             12.30 – 1.00 Assembly in Sports Hall

Year 12                                                           Year 13

Friday 3rd September                                  Friday 3rd September

Timing of day: 9.00am -1.40pm                 Timing of day: 10.00am – 1:00pm

9.00am – 10.00am Assembly                      10.00am – 11.00am Assembly (followed by 20 minute break)

10.00am – 1:40pm Induction                      11.20am – 1.00pm Tutor activities

1.40pm – Dismissal                                          1pm – Dismissal

Following the registration day, all students will attend school from Monday 6th September 2021 following their normal timetable.

I look forward to seeing all our students looking smart on their start of the new academic year and to the return to a great level of normality following the difficult times through which we have recently been.

Yours sincerely,


Paul Woods