End of Half Term Newsletter

End of Half Term Newsletter


Thank you to parents for ensuring that students arrive to school on time every day, in the right uniform and with the correct equipment. We appreciate your support and the very vast majority of students are now absolutely ready for learning. It is down to your support that we have been able to have a relatively normal curriculum experience for students.

For your information, the uniform policy is on our school website and please be aware of the expectations when purchasing items or considering hairstyles or piercings over the break. We just do not want to be dealing with non compliance after half term. It is easily avoided.

Site Improvements

As you know, we were fortunate in having a number of site improvements over the Summer and sincere thanks are extended both to the site team and the Trust for enabling this. So that you can see some of the work that has taken place, I have attached some photographs for you. We aim to continue this site improvement so that students have a fantastic learning environment. Also, please take a look at our video (which is on our website) giving you an insight into our school. It is difficult to welcome you through the doors at present, and we are continually finding ways of engaging with parents and families.

Communication with School

We value the contact we have with parents. It is always a pleasure to communicate with parents because we know what a difference it makes. There is a triangle of communication which is essential to ensure that a student is happy, making progress and developing essential life skills: parents, student and the school.

We encourage communication with parents and we have a system for this. The best starting point is always the form tutor because they see the student most often and know them best. Above that, we have Heads of Year who, along with our Pastoral Support Officers deal with things that the form tutor has not been able to resolve. The next tier would be our Heads of Key Stage, Mrs Benigno and Mr Burgoyne and the final tier would be the Deputy Headteachers and myself.

Please do not presume that, because we ask a form tutor to resolve matters, the other layers of support are not interested. We do know what is going on and we are involved. However, it would be appreciated if parents could liaise with form tutors in the first instance so that things can be dealt with swiftly.

Our Local Community

We are very fortunate to be based in the heart of the village of Tottington. We are a local school and we want to engage positively with our community. One of the things I aim to do is to interact with the community so that we can work together. Our students will be the next generation of adults, perhaps living and working locally.

One of the things that is important is behaviour within the community and I would like to ask parents to support me in ensuring that behaviour outside of school is good. Two things spring to mind: first, our main gates cross a local footpath where adults, families and young children walk. Please, remind your children not to congregate there or involve themselves in anti social behaviour. It is distressing for local residents.

Second, local shops and the new garage should not be subjected to poor behaviour or abuse from youngsters. These are valuable resources and they should not be dealing with this. Please, do remind your children about expected behaviours because invariably businesses will ring schools as the first point of contact.

Thank you to Ms Berry

Our attendance officer, Miss Berry, is leaving us at half term in order to take up a promotion elsewhere. Miss Berry has done a fantastic job and has made contacts with and connections with many families at our school. We would all like to thank Miss Berry for what she has done and we wish her well in her new role.

Congratulations to…

Head Boy
Will Slater

Head Girl
Katy Lomax

Senior Prefect Team
Holly Fenton
Holly Mai Fargher
Holly Thompson
Grace Jarvis
Frankie Felton

Superb Citizenship

One of the amazing aspects of our school is that we have a student body that is committed to good citizenship. There are many examples of individual students who have engaged in fundraising or other community based activities. I would like to share one example with you.

One of our Year 7 students, Archie Goodwill, has recently raised over £500 for a charity which is close to his heart. Archie walked 5k for this charity and here is a photograph of Archie sporting his charity T shirt. Well done to Archie on such a fabulous achievement!


I would like to wish everyone a relaxing half term break. We look forward to seeing students again on Monday 2nd November (Tuesday, 3rd November for those Year 11 students who are currently self isolating).

With very best wishes,

Ella Brett

Inset Days

For your information Inset days for the rest of the year are as follows:

  • 30th November
  • 4th January
  • 19th April

Archie walks for autism charity

Archie walks for autism charity

Tottington High School year 7 pupil, Archie G recently raised over £500 for the National Autistic Society by walking over 5 kilometres around his local area in a sponsored event. We caught up with Archie’s mum, and she told us:

“The walk was supposed to take place in Manchester City centre, in an event called the Spectrum Night Walk. It’s arranged through the National Autistic Society which I have used a lot since Archie’s diagnosis in May 2018. We gathered our sponsor money through a Just Giving page and managed to raise £565 in total, which is fantastic seeing as we only put in an original target of £100!”

“Anyone who knows Archie, knows he doesn’t have the best stamina, so doing a 5km walk was quite a task for him, and he wanted to raise money for people who were just like him and raise awareness for autism too. Unfortunately, due to Covid, the walk was cancelled but we were encouraged to complete it within out local area. So that is exactly what we did. We had to track it on the running and cycling app Strava, and then I emailed the Spectrum Night Walk organisers a screenshot as evidence we had completed the 5km. Archie received a medal and t-shirt for completing it which he wears with pride.”

As a school we are immensely proud of Archie (pictured here with his medal), and he has met and chatted with our Headteacher, Ella Brett who congratulated him and rewarded him with a box of chocolates to enjoy over the half term break.

Well done Archie!!

Students climb Ben Nevis for mental health charity

Students climb Ben Nevis for mental health charity

Two of our adventurous students climbed the highest mountain in the United Kingdom to raise money for mental health charity MIND.

Siblings Amber in Year 10 and Harris, Year 7 wanted to climb to the summit of Ben Nevis located in Inverness-shire in Scotland, which is 1,345 metres above sea level and is the highest land in any direction for 459 miles. The pair had already climbed the highest peaks in Wales (Mt Snowdon) and England (Scarfell Pike), and were ready to face a new challenge.

When asked what motivated them to do it, they told us:

My dad lost his friend due to mental health issues and we all decided to raise £1000 for the charity MIND. We’d already done Scarfell Pike and Snowdon so we decided to challenge ourselves by climbing Ben Nevis.

And what was it that encouraged you to keep going?

Throughout the climb, we motivated each other and kept reminding ourselves that it was for a good cause. As we climbed we saw other mountains in the distance and the bay at Fort William. Partway through, we saw a waterfall and a ridge which protected us from the wind, so we stopped and ate our sandwiches there and closer to the top, we started to see snow. The higher we went, the more snow we saw and the thicker it became.

The hardest part of the climb“, they continued, “was when the wind got stronger and the temperature dropped to -9◦C chill factor. Although we were well-protected from cold with our many layers, at time the wind felt so strong it would throw us of balance. The climb it’s self was very long, with a constant accent which got hard and harder and got very steep and rocky.

“We finally reached the top and we felt so proud of our achievement. We had climbed the highest mountain in the UK. We all celebrated at the top of the Summit with a can of Irn-Bru while looking at the amazing views around us.

This is a fantastic achievement for both students, and we are now left wondering where their love of climbing will take them next?…

Face Covering Requirements

Face Covering Requirements

To ensure that we continue to limit the numbers of students that may need to be sent home and so that we can protect the most vulnerable in society, can I ask for your continued support with the following measures, I would also be grateful if you could discuss these with your son/daughter at home.

Face coverings need to be worn in communal areas of the school such as the corridors, toilets and moving around the school, it is advised that students bring a spare face covering to school so they have one to hand if they misplace their original.

Face coverings need to be worn on public buses to and from school as social distancing is extremely challenging on transport and students do need to wear their face coverings for the duration of the journey not just when they are arriving or leaving school.

We have had requests from the shops in Tottington that students also wear face coverings when going in.

Symptoms of Coronavirus from NHS England Website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

Miss E Guirguis
Deputy Headteacher

Holy Cross College Applications

Holy Cross College Applications

All Holy Cross College applications will be made online this year. Supporting information for students is here: holycross.ac.uk/sixth-form/applying-to-holy-cross

The application system is open from Thursday 1st October 2020 and closes on Friday 4th December 2020 at midnight. Please note the application deadline is fixed, please do not be late as your application may be rejected.

Virtual Open Event

This year the Open event will be virtual, the virtual open event will be available to access from Monday 2nd November to Friday 27th November 2020. ‘Visitors’ will be able to access the event via our website:


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