Posted: 17 December 2020

Headteacher’s Letter 17th December 2020 – End of Term

Dear Parents/Carers,

This has been the most extraordinary term. Despite our very best efforts to keep the school COVID-secure and functioning as normally as possible, we have, at some point, had to send every student home. Nevertheless, I am extremely proud of the excellent work our teachers have done in providing live online learning and it has been encouraging to see that the vast majority of our students have got to grips with MS Teams and have embraced their remote learning. I am enormously grateful to everyone who has contributed towards keeping us going; the support of parents and carers has been truly heartening. Both the enthusiasm with which students have embraced sudden and difficult changes (with the disappointment of being sent home), and the support of my colleagues, have made a very challenging situation much easier.

Ofsted Inspection
I would also like to extend my thanks to our Chair of Governors, Mrs Margaret Sampson and our new MAT partners Kings Group Academies (KGA), CEO Mr Nick Cross and Executive Principal, KGA Binfield and Oakwood, Mrs Sarah Howells, who have provided significant support. As a result of joining KGA, we have made some important changes which I believe are setting us well on the way to becoming a good or outstanding school. Certainly, our remote visit from Ofsted earlier this term was extremely positive; we have now seen their draft response which I will share with you as soon as I receive the final report.

Staffing/Timetable Changes
There are three members of staff leaving us at the end of this term. It is always sad to say goodbye to colleagues and I am very appreciative of all they have contributed to the school; we wish Ms Lund, Mrs Hussein and Mrs Mishra all the very best for the future. Staff changes have necessitated some revision of student timetables and therefore most students will find that they have a new timetable from January; these will be shared on the first day of term.

Heads of Progress
Additionally, in order to support the reorganisation of our school into year-group bubbles, our Heads of House have taken leadership of year groups. They will remain Heads of House but their official title will be Heads of Progress. Whilst, in the first instance, any queries should always be directed to the form tutor, the Heads of Progress are able to deal with more sensitive or complex issues.

  • Head of Progress Year 7 Mrs S Gerrard (Head of East House)
  • Head of Progress Year 8 Mr I Lyddon (Head of North House)
  • Head of Progress Year 9 Mrs P Vacy-Ash
  • Head of Progress Year 10 Mr R Gerrard (Head of South House)
  • Head of Progress Year 11 Miss A Smith (Head of West House)
  • Head of 6th Form Mr S Alexander

January 2021
Our new term starts in January on Monday 4th. This is an INSET Day for all staff, so students are not expected in school, nor will work be set. On Tuesday 5th January 2021, we are holding our second Academic Review Day. This is an opportunity for parents and students to meet (remotely) with form tutors to discuss progress so far this year and to set challenging targets for the remainder of the academic year. Appointments should be made via the normal parents’ evening booking system; if you have any queries, please contact Mrs McCavish At the time of writing, we are waiting to hear if there will be any changes to lockdown rules that might affect schools in January 2021; these will be communicated to you as soon as we are informed of any changes.

COVID has made this year extremely challenging for us all. As we started 2020, we could not have imagined schools closing to so many students for so long (although we remained open during this time for our key-worker and vulnerable students), nor quite how expert we would become in remote learning, how social distancing and mask wearing would become the norm along with all the other challenges and disruptions that we have faced. It is likely that for much of 2021 we will continue to see disruption to our everyday life, but I am certain that we have emerged stronger and more resilient for it.

My very good wishes to you all for a very peaceful and safe Christmas holiday Prospect Christmas 2020 – YouTube

David Littlemore

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