Headmaster’s Letter 11th February

Posted on 11th February 2021

Dear Parent

Thank you

I want to end this half-term by saying thank you for your support throughout this half-term. The students have worked remarkably well, doing their best to keep up with submitting work. Attendance has been phenomenal. I hope the small changes we have made along the way have responded to any feedback you’ve given us.

I hope we will receive more information about the return to school at the end of next week or early the following week. We will continue with the principle of not setting homework for students in Years 7-11 until March 8 if we have a full return to school. If the ‘return’ is staggered or based on rotas, then I will write to you as soon as possible week commencing 22 February to outline our plans.


There will be no lessons tomorrow for students. Instead, I’d like students to focus on their well-being. They could add more miles to the PE lockdown challenge or do several of the well-being challenges. I have attached these but if you want an electronic version, click here. [link] I hope spending the day away from the screens is welcomed.

I wrote to students earlier today explaining tomorrow’s focus and also attached the calendar.

I’m disappointed for students that remote learning this week meant an end to snow days. Although we don’t have a policy for these events, when we’re back in School, on those rare occasions when we must close due to snow, I’m sure we’ll honour it again for at least a day. As we’re away from computers tomorrow, I felt it would have been inappropriate to cease lessons for two days this week. The temperature is unlikely to go above freezing today and tomorrow, so there might be some snow left to enjoy as part of tomorrow’s activities.

Parents’ evenings

We have rearranged out parents’ evening schedule for the remainder of the year. Evenings are held remotely. We can support you if you are unable to access the evening. You’ll receive a letter approximately 14 days before the evening explaining how you can book appointments.

Well-being and mental health

Two weeks ago, I wrote to make you aware that Healthy Minds Lincolnshire were running well-being workshops for students and parents. A significant number of students live in North East Lincolnshire and so I’m very happy to make you and them aware that Navigo provide lots of support for adults and young people. You can access their website here. [link]

Library news

World Book Day will soon be upon us. Attached is a voucher for each student. These can be used once shops re-open, but regrettably they are not accepted for online purchases.  It can either be used towards the cost of a book costing £2.99 or more, or for one of the £1 books.  The FAQ link is here: https://www.worldbookday.com/about-us/frequently-asked-questions/

I do hope you have a restful and safe half-term.

All good wishes

Alistair Hopkins