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On this page you will find a weekly informative blog from Mr Groak, Headteacher.

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  • WEEK 33 - Friday 11 June 2021

    Published 11/06/21

    I have always wondered why - as you get older - time seems to pass so much more quickly than it did when I was a young man. When I look back on the summers I spent as a teenager and a twentysomething, they seemed one long endless carefree period of enjoyment. They seemed to go on forever. When, in reality, the six weeks away from school, or couple of months away from university, were just that.

    But now, the weeks fly by, the months disappear before I have even said ‘white rabbits’ and the years? Well, how is it already 2021?  

    I once read a book called ‘A Death in the Family’ by Karl Ove Knausgaard in which the author tried to explain this phenomenon of rapidly accelerating time and he attributed it to the type of experiences we encounter in our early or later years. Our youth is generally filled with new experiences, full of highs and lows, each of which, when we look back, are vivid in our memory, giving the impression that those months and years were jam-packed with incident and, consequently, seemed to last a long time.

    We then spend most of our adult lives repeating those experiences, usually in search of our youth, and trying to smooth out the ups and downs of life. But as our lives get filled with home, children, career, we don’t have the time for the ups and downs and so we seek routines and predictable patterns. As a consequence, our day to day lives generally become better but much more predictable and, over time, each day, week and month becomes indistinct from the next. Well that is Karl’s theory anyway but I tend to think it is probably true. But what has this got to do with school?

    Managing routine is a key part of growing up as a teenager and is a crucial part of our work in school. Without predictable routines, school is chaos (there are 1200 teenagers here every day!) and not just for the staff. The main victims of chaos are the children, especially those that are most vulnerable or who have special educational needs. Our work is mostly around establishing systems and routines and making sure that they happen consistently every day. We work on our routines not in order to squeeze the individuality out of students or to quash their personalities but in order to create an environment that is safe, stable and within which their own creativity and that of their staff can flourish. Believe me the very best teaching always takes place in a classroom where the teacher is in total control, where the students know exactly what is expected of them and where there are no distractions around uniform, punctuality or behaviour. This is our goal.

    Over the past fifteen months, we have introduced several new routines due to Covid and, without exception, we have been incredibly impressed with how the students have responded to them, whether it be face coverings, one way systems, bubbles or the tutor group line up. Each of these has been supported by our students for the benefit of themselves and others. We are very proud of them. As we move into the new Academic Year, we hope to relax some of these while maintaining others which have a demonstrable impact on the orderly environment of the school. In the coming weeks, I will use this blog to explain these to you and to gain your support as we continue to drive up standards in our school and make the place an environment in which students can flourish.  

    We hope that creating routines in school does not lead to time passing too quickly for our youngsters but that the opposite is the case; it allows the space for the truly great, lifelong memories to take place which they will never forget.

    Take care and stay safe

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher

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  • WEEK 32 - Friday 28 May 2021

    Published 28/05/21

    Keeping children and young people safe in school is the most important responsibility that we hold as adults working in schools. Parents do care about exam results but mostly you want to know that your child is safe and that they will be taken care of during the day. You want to believe that your child is happy and is enjoying school, that they are making friends, sometimes new ones, and gaining an understanding of the differences between themselves and others and learning to live amongst, and celebrate those differences. Importantly, you want to know that if something happens to your child, we will know about it and take care of them, and keep you informed along the way. You also want to know that we will find the talent in your child and find a way to nurture it. These, and much more besides, are the expectations that we place on ourselves every day. 

    In order to do that, we constantly review the way that we work and, being part of a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) offers us even more ways to review that work than if we were just a stand-alone Academy. This week, we welcomed some fellow leaders from our Trust to our school to undertake a Safeguarding Review. Over a day and a half at the High School and at Penshurst, they spoke to pupils, students and staff to ask about how we keep our learners safe; they observed our procedures at first-hand, reviewed documentation and discussed our systems with leaders. They watched student movement around the site in the morning, at lunch, at the end of the day and between lessons and they spoke to visitors, parents and contractors. The report that they have provided us with, I am pleased to say, found no concerns and indeed offers many positives and, in a number of areas, highlights some exceptional practice. As it should, it also suggests some ways that we can develop even further; these suggestions are based on the evidence that the team have found from studying other schools in our Trust. Likewise, some of the practice seen at Hessle and at Penshurst will also now be shared with other schools, to the benefit of all of our learners. This kind of collaboration across Academies is a really important benefit of the MAT structure and we are seeing gains from this on a regular basis.

    Finally, we arrive at the end of yet another half term. I am delighted that we have managed to avoid any significant disruption caused by Covid since Easter. School is beginning to return to something more normal although we continue to keep the majority of our protective measures in place, such as bubbles and year group zones. We await the Government announcement about the next stage of the roadmap and will, as ever, communicate our response fully as soon as possible.

    In the meantime, enjoy what promises to be a warm period whilst the children are on half-term and we look forward to welcoming them back to school on Monday 7 June.

    Take care and stay safe

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher 

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  • WEEK 31 - Friday 21 May 2021

    Published 21/05/21

    As you may be aware, The Department for Education has pledged £200m to fund summer schools during this year’s summer break.  This is designed to help to plug the gap in learning lost during Covid.  Whilst the intention here is noble and the funding is thankfully substantial, the likely overall impact of such an initiative is debatable.  As a school, we face the usual quandary of offering additional learning and enrichment opportunities to students in the full knowledge that the students most likely to attend are the ones least in need of the support. This is always the case with any scheme such as this.  

    Furthermore, I am not sure that ‘summer school’ is what the majority of students want.  After fourteen months of hardship, I would rather that they spent the summer weeks enjoying friendships, family time and, hopefully, some UK holidays or short breaks.  

    Secondly, our staff also need a break.  I know there will be some reading this who will roll your eyes at teachers complaining about workload when we get ‘all those holidays’. I get it. I haven’t always been a teacher and, before I came into education, I used to say the same myself. But the reality is that teaching is an intense occupation and without a proper break over the summer, teachers will be less equipped to come back in September to deliver the magic that you want from them. So I have to look after the workload of my staff.

    Nevertheless, we have incredible creativity amongst our staff at Hessle High School and so we are currently consulting amongst our staff both on the needs of students and the best way to deliver some meaningful activities that will be engaging and enjoyable for all concerned.  I will keep you posted.

    I have written about Year 11 a great deal in recent weeks and I wish to finish this piece with more reflections on them.  

    Although they have spent today signing their shirts (and mine!) and saying their goodbyes, most will return to complete their assessments next week.  As we get closer to the end of this cycle and the likelihood of disruption recedes, we have informed students that they may leave the site on Monday lunchtime (12.15) to study at home, unless they have an intervention session in the afternoon.  If you are unsure whether this affects your child, please contact the school.

    Finally, last year as the previous Year 11 cohort began to work from home after the first lockdown, I wrote to them and shared this;

    “... keep yourselves safe and do everything that you can to support your families and those vulnerable people in your community.  If I could wish one final thing for you it is this: when you look back, in years to come, at the unprecedented events of 2020, be proud of yourself for how you behaved, how you responded and what you did to help others.” 

    Whilst that was the wish that I had for the 2020 cohort, I can say in all honesty that the cohort of 2021 - our current Year 11s - have also lived up to that expectation completely.  From the moment they returned to school in September, through various lockdowns and isolation periods, they have shown resilience, maturity, common sense, stoicism and, perhaps most endearingly of all, really good humour. I thoroughly enjoy all of the time I have had the privilege of spending with them; they never fail to bring a smile to my face and it is a real joy to be their Headteacher.  As we bid them a kind of farewell today, we know that we will miss the Class of ‘21 just a little bit more than usual and I will especially cherish my signed ‘leavers’ shirt’.  Click here for the photo.

    Take care and stay safe

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher 

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  • WEEK 30 - Friday 14 May 2021

    Published 14/05/21

    As the country gradually reopens and inches its way back to normality, the Prime Minister made the announcement on Monday that students in Secondary Schools will no longer be required to wear face coverings in school unless local circumstances dictate otherwise.  We have been awaiting clarification from our local Public Health teams and the East Riding Authority on this and we received the following guidance yesterday;

    “In secondary schools, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff, visitors and pupils inside the building in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around corridors and communal areas).”

    Along with our Trust partner schools and other schools across the area, we are adopting this guidance which means that;

    • Students should continue to wear masks on school buses and public transport
    • Students should continue to wear masks when moving around the corridors and in other communal spaces, such as the canteen (unless eating and drinking)
    • Students will not have to wear masks in classrooms, with the exception of students in Years 11 and 13.

    The reason for this exception is that students in these year groups are about to begin their final assessments in school from Monday.  The next two weeks are crucial in terms of doing their very best in the assessments but also wishing to enjoy the final days with their friends and teachers.  It would be terrible if a positive Covid case were to lead to a large number of students being asked to isolate.  It would be bad for any year group but especially problematic for those two year groups.  A positive case followed by isolation would lead to the cancelation of assessments and a potential delay to the leaving date for students.  To minimise the risk of any of this, we will be requiring students in Years 11 and 13 to continue to wear face coverings inside classrooms and while doing assessments in the hall.  Students have been informed of this in an Assembly this morning and I can tell you that they accepted this provision with understanding and maturity.

    In addition, we have also informed Year 11 of their final leaving date.  Providing that we have no delays to the upcoming final assessments, students will be able to leave school once they have completed all of their final assessments.  This will be different for each student depending on the subjects that they study and their assessment timetables.  Students have all been given copies of their timetables and now know when their final day will be.  If any parent wishes to have that information confirmed by the school, please contact us.

    Because of the staggered end for Year 11, we will be holding a final Leavers’ Assembly for all of the year group on Friday 21 May (2pm).  This will be an opportunity for students to sign shirts (a rite of passage!) and say farewell to one another.  This will be held in the large canteen to ensure social distancing and ventilation.  

    At all other times up until their final assessment, students in Year 11 and 13 will be expected to attend school as normal and we will provide them with revision support.

    In the meantime, many thanks for your ongoing support and I look forward to being able to share more information with you about our plans for the next Academic Year very soon.

    Take care and stay safe

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher

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  • WEEK 29 - Friday 7 May 2021

    Published 07/05/21

    Although it has only been a four-day week, we seemed to have crammed a huge amount of activity into the week.  With Radio Humberside and Look North on site yesterday, there has also been a real buzz around the place but more of that later because, for me, the highlight of the week was on Tuesday when - for the first time in a long while - we had students playing sport after school.

    Covid has stopped us all from doing many things but a big loss has been our extra-curricular sports and clubs.  In order to preserve our ‘bubbles’ and minimise the risk of contact, these have not happened for over a year but, with the gradual easing of restrictions, these are now permitted, albeit with some ongoing limitations.  So it was fantastic to see netball and football and, on Wednesday, our intrepid Duke of Edinburgh Award students practising putting up tents on the field.  As ever, my thanks go to our staff who jumped at the chance to resume these extra activities once they were allowed to do so.

    There has been some speculation that the wearing of masks may no longer be compulsory in schools shortly.  There has been no official announcement about this yet and so, until there is and until we have had the chance to consider this matter, we continue to expect students and staff to wear face masks inside the building and, again, I thank you for your support with this matter.

    Which brings me to the Year 11 Prom and the media coverage we had on Thursday.  This initiative has really captured everyone’s imagination and it was great for the students to see TV cameras and crews on site interviewing staff and students.  The plans for the Y11 Prom are proceeding well and it promises to be a terrific night.  To everyone that has supported us this far, a massive ‘thank you’ for your donations and support.  If you haven’t yet seen the Look North broadcast, you can see the extended clip here at 18.40 minutes.  

    Take care and stay safe

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher

     

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  • WEEK 28 - Friday 30 April

    Published 30/04/21

    I am delighted to be able to inform you that our new school website is now live. Building a website sounds to me like a tortuous task and so I am really pleased to have had the support of our TCAT Central Services team putting together the framework within which we can show the content and demonstrate the great work that goes on at Hessle High School and Sixth Form College. The site can be found here. Please take some time to explore the site and find out more about what we do. This site will allow us to update our content more easily and so you can expect to see more frequently updated content on here from now on.  

    It is now four months since we made the significant change to our Pastoral system of introducing Heads of Year to lead on student welfare. I am delighted with the way that this is going and am very proud of the entire Student Services team who have managed this transition very professionally, putting the students first at all times. This system makes it much easier for the Heads, and Assistant Heads, of Year to manage student behaviour, to support specific groups of students and to ensure that the tutors provide the best day-to-day support in a way that is relevant to the age group of the students. This change was a long time in the planning and was delayed by Covid, but we are pleased to have made the change and I hope that you feel even more supported by these colleagues than ever before.  As ever, your feedback (good or bad) is greatly appreciated.  

    Whilst we felt that a Year Group system was right for our school at this time, we did not wish for students or staff to lose their House identity and so we have re-introduced a different team of Heads of House with a very different role. 

    The team is as follows;

    Mr Richard Sellers (Head of Ariel House)

    Mr Matthew Comptom (Head of Cassio House)

    Mrs Emily Bourne ( Head of Portial House)

    Mr Chris Adams (Head of Orlando House)

    The role that these four colleagues will implement is to celebrate the success and achievements of the students. And not just the high-flyers nor the sporting champions; I am all too aware that many of our students behave impeccably every day and do the right thing every time, but so often do not get the recognition that they deserve. The Heads of House are challenged with finding ways to celebrate their achievements and success and I look forward to sharing their work with you in the coming weeks and months.

    Finally, we reach that point in Spring when the Bank Holidays come thick and fast.  I’m not sure that the weather will cooperate this weekend but I hope that you can find time to relax and enjoy the three-day weekend.

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher

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  • WEEK 27 - Friday 23 April 2021

    Published 26/04/21

    Like many American cultural imports, the High School Prom has become a part of our way of life in Secondary Schools.  Students begin to get excited about the prom very early, often in Years 9 and 10, and reaches fever pitch towards the end of Year 11.  There is no more effective leverage in schools than the threat of a Prom ban; although, given the devastation it wreaks on students, it is very rarely enforced!

    Whilst the Prom is always a delightful way to send off our Year 11 students, it is not for everyone and the spiralling cost of outfits, transport and so on have made it difficult for all of our students to attend in the past, something that we have been acutely aware of for some time.  Covid has forced change in many areas and the School Prom is now another.  Because of the difficulty of finding a suitable venue, we have taken the decision this year to host the Prom on the school site and, given the size of the site and the ease of access, we hope to be able to welcome all of our students this year.

    All of which gave rise to the idea of a Prom Hire shop to ensure that the event was affordable to all.  This was the brainchild of our Head of Year Mrs Taylor and Assistant Head of Year, Miss Staveley who wanted to do something for the students who find it difficult to attend.  They began by putting together a few donated items but then, spurred on by the students , who thought it was a great idea, they decided to promote the idea outside of school in the hope that they may attract more donated dresses and suits.  To say that they have been blown away by the response would be an understatement.   Items have come in from ex-students, parents, local residents and from as far afield as London.  One local shop has donated five brand new dresses and others have offered cash to pay for the ticket of some students.  The story gathered so much traction that the Hull Daily Mail even took interest and you can find their article here.  

    We never imagined that the local community would get behind our idea so enthusiastically and it really has taken us aback.  We are now anticipating one of our biggest ever Proms and are looking to add even more entertainment and activities for the night itself.

    After an incredibly difficult year or so, we are thrilled that we are able to give our Year 11s such a positive event with which to remember their time at Hessle High School and we are indebted to the generosity of our school community and beyond in making this happen.

    Finally, this is a busy time of year at the school as we look to increase our teaching staff to cope with the increasing numbers of students attracted to the school.  Thanks to the reputation that the students and parents and staff have created over time, recruitment is much easier than it has been in the past and we have been able to appoint, in recent days, highly qualified teachers of Maths and Computer Science.  In the coming weeks, we also have strong fields for the posts of Teacher of English and of Design and Technology.

    The quality of a school can never exceed the quality of its teaching staff and so I am delighted and proud that such high quality staff are choosing to work at our school and I look forward to you meeting them in the months and years to come.

    Take care and enjoy the weekend

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher

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  • WEEK 26 - Friday 16 April 2021

    Published 23/04/21

    It is always a joy to reopen the school after an Easter break. The weather is usually milder, the days longer and the field is open for students to play and enjoy space and fresh air. At this time of year, the school site really opens up and spring is most definitely in the air.

    Alongside this, the rhythm of the school year goes on and attention turns towards the students in Years 11 and 13, for whom the next seven weeks will be pivotal. Given the unique circumstances this year, staff in school have had to make huge adjustments to what they would normally be doing and are now starting to collate the evidence that will be used to best support the grading decisions that the school will make for each student. This is a mammoth task but I have confidence that my team will perform it with absolute determination and integrity to ensure that the students get the grades that they deserve. Remember that - this year - schools are not predicting what a student would get if exams had taken place; instead, they are seeking to award a grade for the work that students have actually done. For that reason, it is crucial that students in these year groups continue to work hard in every lesson and to prepare for their upcoming assessments to the best of their ability. 

    I would like to pay tribute to our students in these year groups who have behaved superbly and have shown admirable maturity this year. Too many people find fault with our young people these days but I can only say that, given what they have experienced in the past twelve months and those rites-of-passage moments they have been denied, I am full of admiration for them. And, as their parents, I am sure you are equally proud. 

    I would also like to thank our premises team - Mark O and Roly H - for the work that they have done to get the sports halls ready for next week’s assessments. In recent weeks, they have turned this space into a canteen, a LFD testing centre, back to a sports hall, and now to an exam hall. And they do it without complaint and (most of the time!) with a smile on their face. Schools could not operate without people like Mark and Roly and, everyday, they also set a great example to young people about the importance of doing a job well. We are lucky to have them.

    Finally, the local press has had extensive coverage of the sudden surge in traffic that we have seen across the area since the lifting of lockdown restrictions last Monday and we have seen an element of that in and around the school site too with Heads Lane being busier than normal and our car park also full on most days.

    We endeavour to keep our visitors’ car park free of vehicles at 3pm so that as many parents as possible can access the site but it only has space for around 50 cars before it becomes a little gridlocked. If possible, we appreciate where students can walk or cycle to and from school, which not only reduces traffic but is also healthy for the students. Where this is not possible, please try to use the car park as smartly as possible, using the parking spaces available and using the one-way circuit around the car park. This ensures that traffic can move as freely as possible. Thanks also to those of you who now routinely use the car park for morning drop-off and keep the bus spaces free for the EYMS buses and Sixth Form Consortium buses.

    I hope that you can enjoy some of the sunshine this weekend.

    Continue to take care and stay safe.

    Mr V Groak

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  • WEEK 25 - Friday 9 April 2021

    Published 23/04/21

    I hope that you and your family have had an enjoyable Easter break.  Whilst our opportunities for socializing and relaxing are still very limited, I am sure that the extended bank holiday offered some opportunity for relaxing (and eating chocolate!).

    The school has been relatively quiet this past fortnight with most staff taking the opportunity to recharge their batteries ahead of what will be a very busy term.  In the past few days, a few teaching and non teaching staff have been in the building preparing for the return of students and especially for the upcoming work that will be done with Year 11 and 13 students to ensure that they can achieve the best grades possible this summer.

    Amidst the announcements from the Government about the pathway to the easing of lockdown, you may have noticed a reference to the wearing of face masks in school. This continues to be part of the guidance to schools and for that reason, we are expecting all students and staff to continue to wear a suitable face covering when inside the school buildings, including classrooms, and on any public or school transport. This has been supported emphatically by all concerned and your ongoing support with this is greatly appreciated.

    I try not to express frustration with Government announcements where they relate to education but a speech recently by the Secretary of State really did rankle with me. You may have heard the comments from Gavin Williamson reported in the news and discussed on talk radio stations when he commented on ‘out-of-control’ pupil behaviour and the impact of lockdown on ‘discipline and order’. Once again, the man at the top of the education system shows himself to be utterly out of touch with the reality of what the vast majority of schools have experienced. While of course there will be some young people who will have experienced terrible periods of time under lockdown and who have needed additional support to return to the routines of school, these are a very small number indeed. For the overwhelming majority of students in our school, I can only offer huge praise for the way in which they have conducted themselves in school and how they have adapted to the new circumstances with maturity and admirable resilience. To suggest otherwise is hugely disrespectful to them and, by implication, to parents who have done an incredible job in maintaining routines and learning at home, often in spite of a lack of leadership and clarity from the Secretary of State. Mr Williamson rarely makes public statements and so, when he does, to hear him turn his focus onto an imagined behaviour problem in schools, is frustrating to say the least. It would have been so much more useful to have heard him praise the Year 11 and 13 students who are coping with an uncertain assessment period, or the Year 6 pupils looking forward to their final year of primary schools before starting ‘big’ school or to thank the millions of other children who have supported the Covid effort by entering into self-isolation for periods of time. And so an opportunity to uplift schools, students and families was missed. Anyway, rant over!

    At this time of year, we tend to find ourselves in the recruitment market for teaching and non-teaching staff to join the school next year. In recent years, our staff retention has been exceptionally high with only the odd colleague departing - usually to a promoted position. As our student numbers continue to grow, this means that we are currently looking to add new colleagues to our teaching team. Last term, we appointed a new English teacher and, in the coming weeks, we will be looking to add teachers of Computer Science, Technology, Maths and another English teacher. If you know anyone who may be interested in applying to join our growing and successful team, please direct them to our website. Securing, and developing, the very best team of teachers is THE most important part of my role and I look forward to the coming weeks as we meet and appoint new enthusiastic staff to the school.

    Finally, as the country comes gradually out of lockdown, it is vital that we all continue to behave safely and sensibly in order to keep the transmission rates low in our area. Your support in reminding our students of the importance of appropriate behaviour is greatly appreciated. With this in mind, I confirm that further LFD test kits will be issued to students early next week.

    Take care and stay safe.

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher

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  • WEEK 25 - Friday 26 March 2021

    Published 26/03/21

    It has been three weeks since the students returned fully to school after the March 8 re-opening and it has been a great three weeks. It may have only been fifteen school days but it certainly feels like longer! 

    So much has been achieved. The overwhelming majority of students have made a seamless transition back into school. They have been delighted to see their friends again and to be in front of their teachers. They have needed little, if any support, and have just wanted to get on with things as quickly as possible. Whilst some people have talked about the educational crisis and the so-called ‘lost generation’, for most of our students, that has not been the case. They’re back in school and our teachers are teaching them things that they don’t know yet. It’s quite simple, and it was ever thus.

    To help them focus on their studies, we have introduced a few simple routines to the start of the day, which involve students lining up outside, being met by their tutors and walking in together. This has allowed us to identify any concerns immediately which can be dealt with before students even reach their tutor room and has led to an incredibly calm environment in the school building. This is a particular benefit to some of our younger or more vulnerable learners for whom the adjustment to life back in school had the potential to be more difficult. 

    We have been most impressed at the standards of uniform that students are wearing to school. We are committed to our school uniform and to the high levels of aspiration and sense of community that it engenders. We can only achieve this with the full support of our parents and so I thank you sincerely for your help in this matter.

    Since we returned to school, we have experienced a small number of positive Covid cases amongst our student group which has caused some periods of isolation. To date, these cases have been relatively few in number but we know that these cause anxiety and inconvenience to students and parents alike. I know that we have your full support with the measures we are compelled to take in order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community.  

    Finally, as the Easter holiday begins today for students and staff, let me inform you of the arrangements for reporting any positive cases.  

    If one of our students tests positive before the end of Monday 29 March, please contact the school on hhsoffice@hessleacademy.com. If a positive case is recorded after this date, please contact the NHS test and trace 119.

    The next term will be yet another busy one, especially for students in Year 11 and 13. We have today written letters to the parents of Year 11 and to Year 13 students and these can be found here and here.

    In the meantime, I hope that you can enjoy a relaxing and hopefully sunny Easter break.

    Take care and stay safe

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher

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  • WEEK 24 - Friday 19 March 2021

    Published 19/03/21

    The end of this week marks a shift in our Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing programme.  After carrying out three tests on students in school (a total in excess of 3,000 tests), we now transition to testing at home. On Monday, we will be issuing students with two home testing kits, each containing three tests, which will be sufficient for three weeks of testing.

    I have already written to all parents today with more information on this and a copy of this letter can be found here.

    Test results should be uploaded to https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and, if a test proves to be positive or invalid, then please notify the school immediately on hhsoffice@hessleacademy.com or (01482) 648604.

    We would encourage you to support your child with testing; it is greatly appreciated.  

    These are quite challenging times for students in Year 11 and 13, and their families.  As we continue to stay on top of Ofqual and DfE announcements, we will aim to communicate as clearly and quickly as possible.  At the moment, our Heads of Department are working on an Assessment Guide which we will be sending home next week.  This will include the Assessment #1 timetable and an overview of the nature of each assessment.  We hope that this will allow students to focus their preparation over the Easter break.  

    We continue to be incredibly proud of all of our students and how they have responded to returning back to school.  Their resilience and determination to get back to their studies is admirable and I don’t think we will truly appreciate what our children have managed to deal with until long after this Pandemic is over.  I am sure you are every bit as proud as we are.

    Thank you again for your ongoing support.

    Mr V Groak

    Headteacher

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