Dear Parents

I do hope that your children have enjoyed the first half of the Autumn Term and I am sure they are looking forward to a much needed break. This week, we have not only been celebrating Harvest, we have also been honouring Black History Month. Today, members of the prefect team produced an assembly, which looked at the importance of the Black Lives Matter campaign, as well as social inequalities in the UK in 2020 and featured a quiz on eight renowned Black figures.

Wellness and Mindfulness Programme 

We are continuing to review our wellbeing and mindfulness programme in school and I met with Mr James and Mrs Cooper (KS1 Co-ordinator) recently to agree a strategy. As part of our Wellness agenda, we are going to survey all pupils, parents and staff in the school to set a baseline. The data from these surveys will then help us to prioritise our Wellness strategy in the coming weeks and months.

Parent Wellbeing Survey 

A link has been sent to parents regarding a brief survey on Parent Wellbeing. We would appreciate if as many parents as possible could complete this survey by Monday 2 November 2020.

Charities 

It is heart-warming to see so many donations for our Harvest collection this year. The Library is packed to the rafters and the huge generosity of parents on both sites has given a great boost to the Trussell Trust and will be allocated to local foodbanks. Now, more than ever, there is a need to show our support to charities and we have plans to once again support Children in Need on Friday 13 November, details can be found below. In addition, I loved watching the mini videos of the Harvest festivities posted throughout today of pupils in the Junior School. Their recitals, singing and rapping were fantastic (and very adorable!).

Change to GCSE Dates 

As you may have read in the press this week, it has been confirmed that GCSE dates have been put back by 3 weeks. The summer 2021 examination series will now start on 7 June 2021 and end on 2 July 2021 for almost all GCSEs. Results day for GCSEs is now Friday 27 August 2021.

PTA Fireworks Night 

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 guidance, the annual PTA Fireworks Night is unable to go ahead.

Pupil illness during school hours 

If your child is feeling unwell during the school day, please can you kindly wait for Miss Ward to call you to make arrangements for you to collect your child, rather than responding to a call or message from your son/daughter.

I hope you all have a fantastic October half term break and we are fully expecting to be able to welcome your son/daughter back into school on Monday 2 November. However, as a precaution, we have asked all pupils in Years 6-11 to take home their exercise books, textbooks and folders. We also have a robust Remote Teaching and Learning Policy in place should schools not be permitted to open after half term.

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft

Deputy Head and Head of  the Senior School

Senior School

Junior School

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