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Headmaster’s Letter 28th January

Posted on 28th January 2022

Dear Parent,



We have been dealing with a serious issue related to vaping on the school site this week. We consider vapes to be a banned substance under our Drugs Policy attached.  Being in possession of, using, supplying, selling, and bringing vapes onto the school site are all incidents of serious misbehaviour and students who have broken our behaviour policy will receive a significant sanction. We will be working with parents/ carers to support students involved to address their decisions.


RSE/PSHE programme

As part of our RSE/PSHE programme we regularly cover the topic online safety through PSHE lessons with tutors, visiting speakers and assemblies. We regularly remind students that if they experience any online safety issues, that they should report it to a responsible adult or, if they feel it is more appropriate, to CEOP through the ThinkuKnow website.

The ThinkuKnow team have shared some useful information and documents for parents, which I encourage you to read below.

Stop Abuse Together: A new government resource to help keep children and young people safer from sexual abuse
Most children won’t tell anyone at the time of their abuse. That’s why it’s important for everyone to know how to spot the potential signs of child sexual abuse and where to go for support if concerned.

The new Stop Abuse Together website ( can help parents and carers learn to spot the signs, have regular conversations with their child which can help keep them safer, and know when it’s right to reach out for more support.
Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents and carers
This guidance for parents and carers is based on the voices of children and young people and gives tips to adults about how they can support children to stay safer online.

The guide for parents and carers and summary poster are available to download from the Children’s Commissioner for England’s website.
Exceptional absences

Please would parents of Year 13 students remember to complete and submit an exceptional circumstances absence form for university visits, offer days and interviews. Medical appointments should be reported on the medical absence form.


Cross country

Congratulations to Alice Fearn (Y10) who has been selected for the National Cross Country Championships.

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the Anglian Cross Country Championship on Saturday 5th February at Woodbridge School in Suffolk: Matilda Waterhouse – (Y7 Girls), Mollie Grant (Y8 – Junior Girls), Matthew Williams (Y9 – Junior Boys) and Henry Cullen (Y13 – Senior Boys.)


A level and GCSE public exam timetables

The summer public exam timetables are now available on the school website. The GCSE and A level schedule are attached below.


I wish you all a restful weekend.


Alistair Hopkins