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Posted: 22/09/2023

Letter to Parents 22nd September




September 22nd 2023  

Dear Parents  

It has been a pleasure to welcome so many of you to the Information Evenings we have been running for each Year Group. We really hope you found them useful. We look forward to welcoming the remaining Years 12 & 13 parents and students at 5.30pm on the following evenings with refreshments and the opportunity to view our Art Exhibition of student work.  

Year Group  


Year 12 

Tuesday, September 26th 2023 

Year 13 

Wednesday, September 27th 2023 

The event runs for just over an hour and Tutors are on hand to chat informally with parents. Of course, students are welcome to join their parents. Please do come. 

Lunchtime and after school clubs are now up and running, and we are offering a range of club activities. Please encourage your daughter or son to join a club, as these enrichment activities are both really enjoyable and helpful to students’ development. Please see clubs listed on our website. 

School trips are now taking place and our first residential trip this year took place over last weekend with a party of Year 11 students spending the weekend in Surrey working on team building activities and reflecting on the challenges of the school year to come. They had a lot of fun!! 

Our Year 10 Girls Netball team did brilliantly this week against other schools, as did our Year 9 Boys football team, whilst the school choir travelled to London to watch Frozen at the Drury Lane Theatre.  

We have started back up our loans system for IT equipment. If you would like your child to borrow a laptop (or for Years 11 & 13 a webcam for any Live Online after school revision sessions) please make your request to and we will be pleased to help. Our technicians will work to meet requests just as quickly as they can, but this may take a few days. 


As of this morning, teachers had awarded a total of 4 058 Excellent Effort points to students this week. We really want to celebrate the effort and commitment of our students.  

Alongside this, we will send simple SMS messages to parents from a little later this half-term if a student has not submitted homework, even after a deadline extension. We hope texts sent enable a dialogue between at home about Homework and between school and parents where helpful. However, we recognize some students can actually devote too much time to Homework, particularly when they join secondary school in Year 7, and we rely on parents to keep a careful eye here and let us know if they have concerns. Please see our homework durations aide memoir to teachers, which sets out expectations for homework in each subject.  

We want to encourage all our students in Years 7 – 13 to read for pleasure for 20 minutes a day. Students who read daily develop their understanding and achieve so much more highly across their school subjects.  

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Yours sincerely 

Charles Joseph