Applications are now being taken for candidates to take our 11+ tests in September 2021, when they will be in Year 6. The closing date for applications is August 13th. Please follow this link to apply.

Headmaster’s Letter 18th June

Posted on 18th June 2021

Dear Parent,

COVID update

Following this week’s announcements about the four-week delay to lifting the remaining COVID restrictions, as you would expect, our day to day COVID measures will remain in place until the end of term. Further, we have decided not to ‘burst the bubbles’ on July 19: it is important that we take every reasonable measure possible to ensure that students and their families have every possible chance of enjoying their summer break without having to self-isolate. Term finishes at 2.30pm on Wednesday 21 July. This also means we have cancelled other planned events, including the school walk.

Linked to this, unfortunately the Sixth Form Induction Day scheduled for Monday 5 July has been cancelled. We have already informed the students about arrangements for Results Day and enrolment to our Sixth Form on August 12th. Students are aware that we have uploaded A level preparatory work to our website. We will write to them again to let them know about the cancellation and make them aware of videos, resources and further information about the Sixth Form. Year 12 students will be coming into School on Wednesday 1 September so that we can get them settled and started as a Year 12, in the same way that we did last year.

Diversity day, including Rainbow Friday

In PSHE lessons next week, Year 8 and 9 students will be studying diversity, in recognition of School Diversity Week. The week focuses on making schools happier places for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual. (LGBT+). If you want to know more about the charity leading this initiative, please visit their webpage. [link] We’re extending their theme of acceptance to acknowledge that we are a diverse school community. For all the anxiety that the world pandemic has created, it has highlighted the inequality faced by some groups. On Friday 25 June, we will be holding a non-uniform day to acknowledge Rainbow Friday. Students can wear something colourful or adopt the rainbow colours of the Progress flag. If you would like to see and know more about the Progress flag, please visit this webpage. [link] Students who participate are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £1 to the Just Like Us Charity. The payment item will be set up in your ParentMail account to ensure staff are not handling cash.

Coffee club Year 12

We’re starting a ‘coffee club’ for Year 12 student, starting this Monday, when students return to class following their end of year exams. Its location will be in the school canteen and students can use their ParentMail accounts to buy snacks and hot drinks.

Congratulations

Joey Dawson (Caistorian) who left us in 2019 to join Scunthorpe United at the end of his Year 11 has been signed by Celtic to play in the Scottish Premier League. You can read the press release here. [link]

We wish Joey every success in this next phase of his exciting professional football career.

All good wishes for the weekend

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster