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WEEK 6 - Friday 15 October 2021

Hello to all of our year 10 students and families,

Watching the skies during morning line-ups, we have been mesmerised by the mermerations of the Canada Geese, Swallows and Swifts as they prepare to head south to warmer climates; on the ground the hedgehogs and squirrels are preparing for hibernation; and in a couple of weeks, the clocks take a turn back and the colder, darker days will be upon us. As is the end of our first half term, which has certainly been a busy one.

In tutor time students have continued to work on their LORIC leadership skills; House Captains and Tutor representatives have been chosen; E-Safety conversations have been held; and Careers has been the topic in our assembly.

With around 300 school days left for year 10 (scary to think about), we have started to work on setting up careers appointments with our school advisor Graham Peat and he will start meeting students 1:1 in the coming weeks; the initial conversations will explore their pathway beyond year 11 and help them start thinking and exploring what is available to them in the future. Miss Lawes will also be sending your child an invite for the Year 10 Google Classroom group, which will be where information about opportunities, open events, and apprenticeships will be shared- as the year progresses it will begin to fill with ideas and advice, so please encourage your child to accept the invitation. With this information in their hands we hope students will have a clear idea and understanding of what they need to achieve and how to get the most from their lessons.

In lessons the staff are now well underway with teaching students how the exams are formatted and sharing insight on how to work through questions, build knowledge, and check understanding. A number of students have spoken to myself and Mrs Green about how they are feeling quite overwhelmed by lessons and we are working hard to help them through this. I feel the important message is not to worry too much; we have had 18 months where schooling has been flipped on its head and now find ourselves returning to normal, which takes a bit of getting used to. They are not alone in their fears and it is okay to seek help from us, their tutors, and teachers.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate every student for coming back and pushing onwards. Reintroducing masks and juggling colds v ‘could it be Covid’ has seen students responsibly behave, act upon instinct, and think about those around them. Beyond this, getting used to new Homework platforms and developing respect in a consistent way has been a pleasure to witness. Again, Mrs Green and I are incredibly proud of their achievements.

I finish as always reminding you that we are here to help and support your child. If we can be of any assistance please either call the school or email us at 

Please take care, stay safe.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 10

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 10