Headteacher Update

October 2020

Hopefully you will all have received the letter I sent home earlier this week so there is not too much more to add. The letter can be found here and it does include some important details regarding start times for each year group after half term.

As we enter the half term break, we do have arrangements in place for reporting a student that tests positive for Covid during the holidays – hopefully they will not be necessary! If your child develops symptoms and/or receives a positive test result please contact the school straight away via email on jshs.office@ntlp.org.uk This email will be checked every day and then someone will be in touch as soon as possible. If the positive test result or symptoms occur on the first Saturday or Sunday then we will need to conduct contact tracing and will be in touch with any student who will need to self-isolate as a result. The information we have on absence and tests today does mean that it is highly unlikely that we will need to do this, but we obviously do need to be prepared! A letter from Public Health can be found here.

In other news – we will be migrating to a new domain over the half term holidays meaning that every student’s school email address will change. We are doing this so that we can use Google Classroom more effectively both in school and for home learning. The change is quite straightforward in that the first half of the email address will remain the same, but the second part will change, for example,

Current address: joe.bloggs1@ntlp.org.uk

becomes

New Address: joe.bloggs1@johnspence.org.uk

This migration will start after school today and should be complete be the end of Monday. There will be some disruption during this time as thousands of files need to be transferred. If your child attempts to log in with their ntlp account during this period and it fails then they should use their new address as their account will have migrated. Please note that passwords will remain the same. Please do contact the school via the office email address if your child experiences any issues.

Finally, I am delighted to share with you that our very own Mr Dotchin has been awarded the Royal Award for Bravery. The award was in recognition for the exceptional bravery he showed on the notorious Sharp Edge in the Lake District where he climbed down to help a walker who had slipped 12 metres down a gully towards a sheer drop where she would have undoubtedly lost her life. As a result of Mr Dotchin’s actions the casualty was supported whilst awaiting rescue from the lake District Mountain Rescue Team. Mr Dotchin received the award from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Mrs Sue Winfield OBE, who said, “Daniel was astutely aware he could have easily fallen himself, yet he kept his nerve and remained with the casualty. It was an act of exceptional bravery and he is justly entitled to the Honorary Testimonial of the Royal Humane Society inscribed on Vellum.” Well done Mr Dotchin!

I hope that you all have a restful week and thank you once again for your support and understanding this term.

Best wishes and stay safe

Jonathan