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Headteacher's Blog 19th March 2021

As we reach the end of the first full week of having all the students back in school, it is time to reflect on just how quickly everyone has settled back into the daily routines. As I have walked around the school it has been really noticeable that the vast majority of our students are keen to get back into their learning habits and they seem determined to make up for any time lost. The teachers also seem happy to be back in the classroom and doing what they do best.

Although it now seems like a lifetime ago, we have finally received the published Ofsted report following their visit before half term. You can access the report by clicking here.  As this was a monitoring visit they were unable to give us a formal judgment but the report reads exceptionally well and clearly recognises the progress that we have made as a school. It has certainly been noticed and it has been nice to receive a number of phone calls from senior figures across the region who have been keen to offer their congratulations. Lots of work still to be done, but we are clearly still heading in the right direction.

Finally, today has been the first day when our internal team of volunteer Covid testers have gone back to doing their normal day jobs. They have done an amazing job testing every one of our students three times over the last nine days and they have gone about their task with minimum fuss and very good humour. We all owe them a massive thank you as without them we would simply not have been able to get all the students back as quickly as we have done. The students will come home this afternoon with their own self testing kits and it is essential that the testing continues if we are going to continue to ensure the safety and well-being of our whole school community. Any families needing help with this are being encouraged to contact Student Services and we will ensure that we will do everything we can to help.

As the weather continues to improve it is really starting to feel as though Spring is in the air and we may be over the worst. Enjoy the weekend and take care of yourselves and those around you.


Very best wishes,

Martin Brook, Headteacher