Headteacher Update

December 2020

This week we have been promoting Google Classroom with all year groups as part of the strategy to use technology to enhance learning. Part of this promotion involved placing a Golden Ticket password in one student account from each year group and congratulations to Jamie (Y11), Kenzie (Y10), James (Y9) and Leon (Y8) who all accessed their account and found the ticket. The lucky winner in Year 7 has still to find their ticket so do encourage your child to log on so they don’t miss the chance to win a £20 voucher. A further 5 Golden Tickets will be hidden next week! We will also be using Google Classroom as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Challenge next week.

A text was sent home to parents of Year 7 and 8 today informing them that the start of the day for students will return to 8.40am from Monday. This decision has been made so that students can spend more time with their tutors at the start of the day and having monitored the number of students arriving after 8.35 the change will not have any significant impact on students mixing on the way into school. We will be directing Year 7 students through the car park and down to the tennis courts to reduce bubbles mixing on the main path into school. On the subject of bubbles and Covid strategies, I am happy to report that there have been no positive Covid cases reported for either students or staff this week.

Over the past few weeks, it has come to our attention that there is a type of vape oil circulating in the community that contains illegal levels of THC, which is the controlled substance in cannabis. This oil is being sold or distributed to young people and it is difficult to identify as it has no smell and can be disguised as normal vaping. It is illegal for children under the age to purchase vape oil of any kind, but it is particularly concerning that children may be buying oil not knowing what it may contain. One tell-tale sign will be the bottle that the liquid is in is unlikely to be properly branded or labelled. Please do have a conversation with your child warning them of the dangers of drug misuse.

Finally, a message from our RSE lead Miss Howard regarding our Relationship and Sex Education Policy.  Sex education is delivered to pupils in year 9 during their Fit For Life lessons. We believe that the delivery of sex education is very important and it enables pupils to make informed decisions. Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory Relationship and Sex Education (RSE). Before granting any such request, the RSE Lead or headteacher will discuss the request with parents and, as appropriate, with the child to ensure that their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum.  Parents’ can request to withdraw their child, up to and until three terms before the child turns 16. After that point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms.

If you have any comments on the policy and wish to request that your child does not receive sex education in Fit For Life,  please complete this form, you can read the RSE Policy here. 

That’s it for this week. As ever, I hope that you have a restful and safe weekend.

Jonathan