Headteacher Update

May 2021

We had a fantastic celebration for Year 11 yesterday with our festival on the field with inflatables, sports, barbeques, an ice cream van and photo booth. It was a great atmosphere and we all gathered in the sports hall for the traditional end of year awards with categories varying from students most likely to be Prime Minister to student most likely to appear on Love Island! It was a lovely way to say goodbye to a year group that have done everything they can to make the most of a very difficult situation. The staff and governors wish them all the very best for their futures.

Thank you all for your support in ensuring that you child arrives at school in full uniform. We will  be continuing to address this after half term and please remember that non John Spence leggings are not allowed and John Spence PE leggings should only be worn on PE days. Seeing the students around school and in classrooms has given a sense that things are returning to normal despite the challenges of new variants. We have obviously had to ask a number of students to self-isolate in Year 10 this week due to a couple of positive cases, but to date we have had no reports that any of those students have symptoms or have tested positive which is great news. Please do continue to test your child using the Lateral Flow home test kits and remember that there are mobile testing centres in North Tyneside where you can have a PCR test even if you have no symptoms.

Please see the points below for the protocol over half term if your child develops symptoms or tests positive:

  • If you or your child develops symptoms, you must book a PCR test at a testing centre and not use the home test kits.
  • If your child develops symptoms this weekend up until 4pm on Sunday and then has a positive PCR test, you must contact the school via email so we can identify close contacts – office@johnspence.org.uk
  • If your child has a positive result from the home test kit before 4pm this Sunday then you must contact the school via email.

If you are unsure of anything please do contact the school via email and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that electric scooters should not be ridden to school. We have been asked by Northumbria Police to advise parents that it is currently illegal to ride a private e-scooter on a public road or pavement and in addition to this we have real concerns about the safety of students to and from school. Thank you for your support in this matter.

All that remains is for me to wish you all good half term break and enjoy the sunshine that has eventually arrived!

Best wishes

Jonathan