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Headmaster’s Letter 16th October

Posted on 16th October 2020

Dear Parent,

Exam updates

The Government has finally announced their plans for GCSE and A level exams for next summer. The exam season will start on June 7 and will end of July 2. Results days have also been delayed until Tuesday 24 August for A level and Friday 27 August for GCSE. The Government says that one English and one Maths GCSE exam will take place before May half-term. No dates have been published.

Further consultation is taking place next half-term and I hope that we will then have definitive dates to enable students and staff to plan ahead.

We are currently looking at our summer schedule, especially when study leave will commence for both year groups. We won’t make a decision on this until the new year, once we have had a chance to assess students’ progress in the mock examinations. These will continue to take place in their normal slots – December for Year 11 and February for Year 13.

Show Racism the Red Card

Students were invited to wear something red to show their support for this nationwide initiative. Students have also been receiving a daily email directing them towards features and pages from the Black History Month website.

Please do keep school informed of any incidents relating to racism or racist language. We use a word here to describe our aspiration for all students’ character: we want them to be ‘Upstanding’. This means we want them to be proactive in fighting prejudice and discrimination. Turning a blind eye or failing to report an incident means that the prejudicial and discriminatory behaviour continues unchallenged.

Careers newsletter

The October version of our Careers newsletter is now available online [link]

Price & Buckland overdue orders

Some parents have experienced challenges with receiving their School sports kit. School has received an email explaining that there have been issues with P&B’s logistics chain. You can read the email here. [link

Weather

The weather is getting colder and there is an expectation that we need to keep a minimum number of windows or doors open to encourage air flow. Please can you ensure that students are wearing the right sort of clothes for this weather.

Congratulations to:

Ellie Roberts (Y13) had a very successful weekend competing in her first International at Keysoe CDI representing GB last weekend in Dressage. Ellie rode her horse Zante amazingly well. She came away with two 4th places (one of which was very close to a 3rd podium position) and a 7th place amongst some very experienced riders that have competed before at this level internationally.

Correction

There was a mistake with the names of the Ayscough house officials. I am reprinting the correct list:

AYSCOUGH

House Captains: Hesham Al-Moasseb & Florence Stead

Sports Captain: Oliver Bradley & Mia Wilkins

Performing Arts: Ross Greenwood & Charlotte Morton

Half-term holiday

We finish on Thursday 22 October for half-term at 3.15pm. Friday 23 October is a training day for staff.

Best regards,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster