At the end of last week, we welcomed the whole school back. It was lovely to have students in school ready to learn and ready to progress on the next stage of their educational journey. I think we all know, as adults, how quickly time passes and so, from day one, we have been instilling in students the importance of effective, focused learning, good behaviour and mutual respect. In our first communications with students, we have been talking about what makes a good school and how students can play their part. Thank you to parents for supporting us.
We are acutely aware that the new school experience is very different due to the COVID restrictions. However, our aim is to make school as normal as we can, whilst still complying fully with the national guidance. Last week, we were struck by how positive and relaxed students were despite the COVID restrictions. We have had to create year group bubbles as you know, and this brings with it some complexities. Nonetheless, students have responded well to this on the whole.
Over the Summer, our talented site team have completed nearly £70,000 worth of improvements – we have a new library, a new ICT suite, a refurbished drama studio to name a few! In due course, we will share some photographs with parents given that visits are very much restricted at the moment. The students seemed very impressed with the new rooms and areas and we will be continuing to develop the site over this coming academic year.
On the whole, students have returned in a very positive frame of mind, ready to work. We appreciate the fact that the vast majority of students were well equipped, in correct uniform and with the right attitude. That is all we can ask. Where there have been issues with uniform, we have allowed students this weekend to resolve them as the expectations are clear and apply to everyone with no exceptions. Please support us.
It was also lovely to welcome nearly 200 Year 7 students. Although many were nervous on their first day, they soon found their feet and on Friday we had lots of smiles as they arrived for their second day! Thank you to parents for supporting our school. If you are worried about anything, please contact us and we will be happy to allay any fears that you have.
As we prepare to start a new week, thank you in advance for ensuring that your child is in full school uniform, that they are well equipped and that they are ready to learn. I will keep in touch with you regularly to update you.
With very best wishes,