Headteacher Update

September 2020

It has been another positive week in school with the vast majority of students continuing to work hard and do their very best.  Mrs Brown, our Head of Year 8, has commented that ‘Pupils have demonstrated a great amount of resilience and have not let their lost schooling over lockdown affect them. They are simply getting stuck in with their work and trying their best.’

We are continuing to look at ways to provide opportunities as we would normally do and one example of this is our careers offer. Careers advice is obviously a critical part of our support for students and whilst we would usually host mock interviews, arrange trips to different workplaces and host numerous organisations in assemblies, this year we will be adopting a virtual approach. Our Careers and Fit for Life Lead, Kate Winder, is already organising a virtual programme for Year 11 that will include virtual mentoring by employees from a range of sectors as well as ensuring all students have a clear picture of what is available for them in post 16 education and training. These opportunities remain a central part of our provision alongside the academic and pastoral support students need.

One thing we have not been able to run this year is our Sporting Academy programmes for Key Stage 3. We are working to put measures in place, but this takes some time in order to ensure they run both smoothly and safely. Working within current guidelines and guidance, we are able to offer a range of sporting opportunities after school for each year group bubble. After school is the only time we can currently offer a programme of activity for your child, so please try to encourage them to take up the offer and try out different activities, whilst socialising and playing with their friends and peers. All sessions will be delivered by John Spence staff and run from 3.00pm – 4.00pm on the following nights:

  • Monday – Year 8
  • Tuesday – Year 7
  • Thursday – Year 9
  • Friday – Year 10/11

Please do click on the following two links which provide some information about two very important issues. The first explains that we are an Operation Encompass school meaning we are informed by the police or social care of any issues relating to domestic violence to enable us to offer the correct levels of support for children when they come into school. The second link is regarding County Lines which is the name given to activity in the community where young people are exploited, often by gangs from outside of the local area; this has been an area of concern in North Tyneside; please do read the information so that you are aware of the signs that may indicate your child is at risk.

Operation Encompass

County Lines

Finally, we remain fortunate in that there have again been no positive COVID tests for staff or students this week. There have been two negative tests for staff, 3 negative tests for students and 2 positive tests for households of students who are now self-isolating. We are awaiting results for a further 5 students. I have attached a letter for parents at the following link from NHS test and trace. Please do read this as it provides some very clear and useful information.

As ever, I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes

Jonathan