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16 July 2021

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 12 – End of Summer Term
Firstly, may I take this opportunity to say well done to all of our students in Year 12. It has been a tumultuous year but it has been really inspiring to see the resilience and resolve that the students have shown during these uncertain times. Many of them have really risen to the challenges placed before them over this last year and are ready to start Year 13 on the front foot.

This is officially the halfway point for the Level 3 courses but Year 13 brings with it a whole new set of challenges for students to deal with, whilst trying to excel in their chosen subjects.

We will be doing everything we can in school to support your child to achieve their full potential; the rest is up to them. Are they doing everything they could within their subjects? Are they reading around the subject and trying to improve their grade, going beyond the basic curriculum? Have they completed sufficient work experience? Have completed their personal statement and CV? What about their research for universities and apprenticeships? These are all questions we will be asking them in the new term and we expect that they will be prepared to talk at length about what they have been doing to prepare for life beyond Sixth Form.

Return to school in September
Following Government guidelines, we have been advised that students should be tested at school before the school term commences. Before welcoming students back to school, we are therefore required to complete Lateral Flow Testing across all year groups. Students are required to wear their school uniform when they are being tested but once the test has been completed they will return home. We have on file consent forms from the previous round of testing but if you have changed your mind regarding the voluntary testing please let the Head of Year know.

The arrangements for each year group returning to school have been set out below. Students in all year groups will have returned to school by Tuesday 7 September and will be given their new timetable on their return.

Return to school arrangements:

Thursday 2 September 2021
8.45 – Year 7 testing
9.45 – Year 10 testing
10.45 – Year 11 testing
11.45 – Year 8 testing
12.45 – Year 9 testing
1.45 – Year 12 & 13 testing
Students are expected to wear their correct School uniform and go home after testing.

Friday 3 September 2021
8.40 Year 7 and 12 Students – Transition day 1

Monday 6 September 2021
WEEK A School timetable
Students in school Years 7, 11 & 12

Tuesday 7 September 2020
WEEK A School timetable
All year groups to be in school at 8.40

Please ensure students return well-rested and with a positive attitude towards achieving their very best in their final year. All students are expected to ensure they have folders for each of their subjects, which they can store in the Sixth Form area and lockers. Students should ensure they have all of the equipment they need for their subjects and should not share with other students or expect to borrow resources from teachers. They should also have their own textbooks where possible.

I look forward to seeing you all in September and in the meantime have a great Summer, ready to make the most of your final academic year.

Mr R Tamale
Director of Sixth Form