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Archived Weekly News - 26 March 2021

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Head Teacher's Message

Head Teacher

Dear Parents & Carers

A big thank you for all your support this half term. We’ve very much enjoyed having the students back in school these past few weeks.

During the Easter break, please remember to continue to test your child for Covid on Mondays and Thursdays and let us know the result by responding to the email we’ll send you via SchoolPost. You also need to report the result to the NHS on

Your child should have brought home more test kits this week. If, for any reason, you don’t have enough test kits, please contact our Covid Operations Manager on who will be able to provide you with some. Mr Buswell will be in school from Wednesday 7 April.

If your child does test positive, you only need to let us know (by submitting our Positive Covid-19 Test – School Notification Form) if their first symptoms were before Sunday 4 March. From Monday 12 April onwards, please report all cases as normal. (more…)

Head Teacher

Dear Parents & Carers

Three days ago we passed the anniversary of the start of the first lockdown. On the anniversary, I met with a couple of lads in Year 10 who I felt were not working hard enough and I went through their last year of learning with them. To be fair, they had done quite well through the most recent lockdown, working online, but it is hard to escape the facts: out of the 195 school days between 23 March 2020 and 23 March 2021, one of these boys had been in school for 65 of them and the other just 62.

None of this is their fault of course. Lockdowns and last term’s disruption have affected all kids similarly. We went on to discuss what the last year had been like – for them and for us as a school – and it is easy to see how a year of crisis management takes its toll. We are now in the thirteenth month of a commanding style of leadership at all levels of society and in school. Independent decision making is eroded in times of crisis, with those in authority giving out commands which need to be followed; not the ideal way to run an organisation, a country or anything else, but it has been necessary to manage us out of a crisis. (more…)


Funding Opportunity for students aged 16+

Westham House Fund is a Warwickshire-based charity which provides funding for non-vocational education and wellbeing activities for people aged 16+. They have recently introduced financial support specifically aimed at enabling young adults (aged 16-25) to expand their educational horizons.

Find out more and apply for funding on the Westham House Fund website.

Road safety

As you probably know, the road outside school gets incredibly busy, especially at the start and end of the day, and we’re worried about the risk of accidents. We’re making another plea to parents to do the following:

If your child cycles to school please make sure their cycling skills and road awareness are up to scratch, that they know when to stop and look for traffic, that they wear a helmet and don’t wear headphones. Perhaps over the Easter holidays you could go on a bike ride with your child and give them tips on what to do in a busy situation? (more…)

Support for young carers

Warwickshire Young Carers are an organisation set up to improve the lives of young carers by offering free and confidential support. They provide 1-1 support, group sessions and opportunities to meet other young people . (more…)

Parenting support available

The Parenting Project are a local organisation who offer a range of services for young people and their parents/carers. The services include:

  • 1-1 counselling for parents
  • anxiety and mindfulness workshops for parents
  • emotional support, signposting and advocacy

Find out more about the services they offer and how to access them on the Parenting Project website.

Attendance and punctuality

A reminder that you are responsible for ensuring that your child attends school regularly and punctually. If, for any reason, your child is absent or late, please make sure you let us know before 9am by calling 01926 493805, selecting option 1 and leaving a message explaining the reason. (more…)

Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) programme

If your child is eligible for free school meals you should have received a letter from us this week about the Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) programme being run over Easter by Warwickshire County Council. If you think you might be eligible but haven’t received a letter, please let us know by emailing Miss Blackburn on

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – an update

This week an update letter went out to the parents and carers of all DofE participants. At present we are waiting for confirmation of when we can go ahead and reschedule the postponed qualifying expedition.

If you are the parent/carer of a current DofE participant and you have not received this letter please contact Mrs Francis on

Lost property

We have some lost glasses and jewellery and a ‘Fitbit’-type watch in Student Support waiting to be claimed.

If any of these items belong to your child, please ask them to go along to Student Support. (more…)

What's on this week

General News

Year 7 embark on daily mile

All Year 7 students are getting involved in the Daily Mile initiative in school. The aim is to improve their physical and mental health and their focus in the classroom by running or jogging at their own pace for 15 minutes every day.

We’ve painted a white line around the playground and students will have the chance to do their daily mile with friends during break or lunchtime every day and once a week during form time.

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