Headteacher Update

November 2020

This week has been national Anti Bullying week and there have been a number of opportunities for students to reflect on what bullying is and the impact that it has on others through assemblies and form time activities. The key message has been to talk and talk early as when this happens situations often quickly resolve. To help this we have created a new confidential email service for students where they can send an email that will be picked up and then directed towards an adult that can provide the necessary support as quickly as possible. The helpline is:
Obviously students should also talk directly to adults in school if they are experiencing or they are aware of any bullying. Don’t forget that there are also fantastic support and counselling services available from Kooth and Childline.
We have also been made aware of a new resource from Northumbria Police called ‘ACT Early’.  The impact of Covid-19, social isolation and a rise in hateful extremism online is creating a ‘perfect storm’ which is making more young people vulnerable to radicalisation and other forms of grooming.  Friends and families can now get specialist support to stop their loved ones being drawn into harmful activities or groups, with the launch of ACT Early – a new dedicated safeguarding website and advice line from the specialists at Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP).
For help and advice visit www.actearly.uk, or call the national Police Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, where specially trained Prevent officers will listen carefully to your concerns.
This week has also seen the return of our extra curricular activities and I’m pleased to say that students have returned in high numbers. We are continuing to look at ways that we can further increase the opportunities for students and I am delighted that projects such as ‘TICE’ and ‘Hands Of’ are back up and running.
We are approaching the period where we were due to host our parents’ consultation evenings. Unfortunately, these will not be able to take place in the usual format, so the following will happen instead:
Year 10 – 4pm-7pm on Tuesday 8th December Form Tutor/Head of Year/SENCO Phone Call
Year 11 – 4pm-7pm on Tuesday 8th December and 15th December Senior Leader Phone Call
We expect appointments to last a maximum of 10 minutes and you will receive notification of a 30 minute time slot for your appointment. Further details of the consultations will be sent out next week.
Please do remember that if you have any specific questions at any time you should contact your child’s Head of Year or class teacher if there is a specific subject concern.
I’m delighted to report that we have no further positive test results reported to us this week for staff or students that have been in school. We continue to be fortunate, but please reinforce with your child the importance of bringing their own face covering to school and the importance of hand hygiene both in school and at home to reduce the risk of transmission.
I hope that you all have a safe and restful weekend
Jonathan