Headteacher Update

December 2021

Last Thursday the Year 8 Healthy Habits team invited me to a presentation on their work over the past term and it was lovely to hear their passion and commitment to the health and wellbeing of everyone in school. As part of the programme they had to come up with an idea for a project and theirs involves establishing a ‘Worry Box’ where students can anonymously share any concern that they may have. The group will then look at these alongside Learning Mentor Kellie Law and come up with advice that will be published in a talk show format podcast. I was obviously more than happy to agree to the project and a huge well done to them for being so considerate of their community. This was followed by a visit from another Year 8 student asking if she could sell the jewellery she makes in school to help raise money for their year group charity. What another great example of community spirit and commitment to others. I am delighted that these children are being so creative, enterprising and caring, they are real ambassadors for John Spence.

Onto more mundane matters, unfortunately we did suffer some storm damage over the weekend and currently have had to close our AGP pitch due to the fencing being twisted. We are working with the Local Authority and structural engineers to try and make the area safe, but until we can do this, the pitch will have to remain closed to both our students and our community users. We are hoping to make some progress on Monday, but as you can imagine, fencing companies are currently in high demand.

We are currently finalising our plans for testing students on return to school after Christmas. We are hoping to complete all testing on the Tuesday and first thing on Wednesday morning, but will provide full details of the date and time of your child’s test before the holidays. In the meantime, please continue to test your child twice weekly on a Wednesday and Sunday evening. Thank you for your support with this.

Finally, I mentioned in my update a few weeks ago that we were looking for a new parent governor. If you are interested then please read this letter for more information. The role of a parent governor is vital in ensuring that the voice of students and parents is present in the Governing Body and if you would like any further information then please contact Emma Rutter on [email protected]

I hope that you all have a relaxing and much less windy weekend!

Best wishes

Jonathan