Headteacher’s Letter – 07.06.21
Monday 7th June 2021
Dear parents / guardians,
I trust you and your family are well and have been able to enjoy the good weather during the break. I also hope the students have been looking forward to their return to school and the start of the final half of the summer term where we sincerely hope we will be able to see a move back to “normal.”
Congratulations to Year 11 and Year 13
The end of last half term saw the conclusion to the overwhelming majority of assessments for GCSE, A Level, Vocational and BTEC awards. Thank you for your incredible support for our students and the staff who have been working with them in such an unprecedented approach to qualification awards. The marking and moderating required for the Teacher Assessed Grades that will be taking the place of GCSE and A Level results this summer has been a colossal task and I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff for giving up so much of their time for doing this. In addition, our students have been magnificent in coping with these changes and have worked on all assessments with positivity and purpose. Students in Year 11 are returning to school this week with a greater focus on non-assessed learning and transitional activities to prepare them for the next stage in their education or employment.
Key Dates for this term
A number of examinations will be taking place this half term and information regarding these has been sent out to each relevant year group. Details such as examination timetables can also be found on the school website.
Year 10 examinations From Monday 7th June
Year 12 examinations From Monday 7th June
Year 7 examinations Monday 21st June
Year 8 parents’ evening Wednesday 16th June – Thursday 17th June
Year 10 parents’ evening Wednesday 30th June – Thursday 1st July
Year 12 parents’ evening Wednesday 7th July – Thursday 8th July
Year 7 parents’ evening Wednesday 14th July – Thursday 15th July
Final day of the summer term Friday 16th July
Please note that the parents’ evenings listed above will be taking place online and that appointments will be available for parents over two evenings. Full details will be sent out in advance of each event.I would also like to highlight that attitude towards learning reports will be able on the SIMS parents’ app for Years 7, 9, 10 and 12.
Term dates 2020-21 – reminder
As we move towards the end of this academic year, we are making preparations for September and beyond. Our new Year 7 students will be visiting us in July as part of their induction programme as well as prospective students in Year 12. With this in mind, I would like to remind you of the term dates for the new academic year which are listed below and include the two week half term break in the autumn.
1st September 2021 – 21st December 2021 (1st – Inset Day, 2nd – Induction Day)
Half Term: 25th October – 5th November 2021 (2 weeks)
Christmas Holiday: 22nd December 2021 – 3rd January 2022
4th January 2022 – 1st April 2022
Half Term: 14th – 18th February 2022
Easter Holiday: 4th April – 18th April 2022
19th April -22nd July 2022
Half Term: 30th May – 3rd June 2022
End of academic year 2022: 22nd July 2022
As the weather finally seems to be improving can I please remind parents that students are advised to bring in their own water bottles that can be filled up at the various water fountains around the school. In addition, we expect students to uphold our high standards in the wearing of uniform and that that no other jacket or top can be worn as an alternative to the school blazer.
Thank you as always for your continued support.