Letter from Roz Hodges Principal, 14.05.2021

Dear Parents/Carers
Update on COVID procedures
I am really pleased to say that our students are still responding very well to the COVID safe procedures we have set out in school and we would like to thank the students for supporting each other and acting so responsibly whilst these additional mitigations remain in place. The government have updated their recommendations for schools and having reviewed these in line with our Risk Assessment, I would like to update you on the requirement for face coverings up to the end of this term.

From Monday 17th May, face coverings are not required to be worn in lessons. Should your child prefer to continue wearing a face covering in lessons, they will be able to do so. However, students will still be required to wear face coverings within communal areas inside the buildings and the school corridors as they move around between lessons.

All other COVID secure procedures remain in place as below:
• One-way systems
• Regular hand sanitising when entering / exiting buildings and classrooms
• Students to remain in year group zones at breaks and during lunchtimes
• Good ventilation throughout the buildings and classrooms
• Staff and students to continue to take lateral flow tests twice a week.

We will review these procedures at half term and communicate any changes as required.
I know that parents and students will support this action to ensure we reduce the risk of spreading infection whilst maintaining the best possible environment for learning.
If you have any questions or require further support please contact your child’s Tutor or Year Hub, in the first instance.

Year 11 Young Enterprise
Miss Phillips and I had the privilege this week to be asked to judge the Year 11 enterprise competition. Miss Rooney’s Business and Enterprise class, having completed all their coursework, threw themselves wholeheartedly into these projects and the enthusiasm and teamwork demonstrated during their presentations was a real pleasure to witness. The standard was exceptionally high, and all the students did themselves proud.

Although it was a difficult choice, I am delighted to announce that the winning team is ‘Real Juice’ – congratulations to Tristan Hazell, Ella Robinson, Kiera Levy and Tom Gwilliam who really thought carefully
about all the aspects of the whole project brief. They conducted in depth product ingredient and market research leading to attention grabbing packaging for their high-quality juices which tasted delicious! The group had a clear ethical focus for their product including health and wellness, sustainability and social enterprise making it a very compelling product indeed.

We were impressed with the ideas and commitment of all the teams and so I must also mention the following highly commended projects:

'Custom 1's` (Toy Story Designer Shoe) - Deni Robertson, Harriett McCandless, Jack Denneny and Abi Arnold.

Lunchtime Cafeteria Area - Harry Ansell-Tumber, Katie Harm and Leoni Carr.

'Build an Enterprise' - Annabelle Stevens, Danni Kitchener, Tom Reynolds and Georgia Hindry.

Congratulations to all the teams and special thanks to Miss Rooney for her encouragement and creating this experience for the students; they clearly enjoyed working on their projects and learned a lot along the way.

Yours faithfully

Roz Hodges