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WEEK 4 - Friday 1 October 2021

Hello to all our year 10 families

We are four weeks into our new school year and both Mrs Green and I are brimming with praise and pride for our year group. The students have developed so much maturity in the past few months and as we move into the full swing of things it is evident that they are all gearing up for some greatness this year. Their understanding and demonstration of our school values is becoming clearer day by day, with respect for staff and peers; kindness towards one another; and responsibility for their actions gleaming in the autumnal light.

With a determination to recognise students achievements being a high priority, I have been overjoyed by the feedback from staff. Each week, a student from each tutor group will be awarded ‘Star of the Week’ for their contributions and commitment to the group. With many students pushing themselves in their chosen subjects, I have asked Year 10 teachers to inform us of any students who deserve praise and these students will receive an email from us expressing our congratulations for their commitments or improvements.  Please encourage your child therefore to keep a regular check on their school email accounts.

Another reason for keeping an eye on their emails is the notifications of homework from Google Classroom. If your child doesn’t have their Google Classroom notifications set up on their device please ask them to do so. If they are encountering any issues then please remind them that we are here to help and get things sorted out. Every task, as is always the case, is necessary in their preparation for the future and we want to work with them and you to make their GCSE studies successful, helping them to achieve the extraordinary and become well prepared for their futures.

Another way students can adopt new skills, and build their own personality traits, is through trying something new. Extra-curricular clubs and activities have started to return. Beyond school there are endless opportunities for them to explore. I have shared a lengthy list of website links in an email this week to introduce clubs and groups beyond the confines of the classroom or their bedroom - with the colder, darker months ahead it doesn’t mean everyone needs to retreat indoors and hibernate; they may find something new to light a spark and ignite their interests. We appreciate not all children will be searching for new challenges, but they are available if they want to explore them.

Lastly, I want to go over some basic reminders due to the changing seasons. Mornings are colder, damper, and darker; please encourage your child to wear a coat and be prepared for the inclement weather that will undoubtedly head our way. With time outside at break and lunch, keeping wrapped up is better than shivering and losing the feeling in fingers and toes. If walking to and from school, please remind them to stick to well-lit routes and walk with others wherever possible. For students on bikes, check tyres and have lights for when the light is fading; a helmet is also encouraged. 

If there is anything we can do to help your child, or you need support with, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The mobile that we used during lockdowns isn’t now used as much, due to the lack of reception in the building; please contact us on the school phone number or by emailing

Stay safe and take care.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 10

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 10