Message for Year 11 Parents and Carers

Dear all

Please note that school will be closed to Year 11 students tomorrow. Mrs Feast, Mrs Ryles-Dean and I have just spoken to the students and explained that we do not want to put them through another day of sitting in lessons that seem somewhat pointless at the moment given that they will not be sitting exams any time soon. We have explained that this is absolutely not a ‘goodbye’; whatever happens, we WILL hold a proper leaver’s day, with a proper leaver’s assembly, shirt-signing and all the rest of it. There will also certainly be a Prom at some point – they deserve nothing less. It will also help the school cope in the light of staff absence at the moment.

We will be in touch with more information for Year 11 soon. In the meantime, I just want to say that they have been absolutely incredible in the way they have handled today. I cannot remember a time where I have been more proud of a group of young people. I should also add that we very much consider them all to still be in our care and we will be doing all we can to support every single one of them over the next few weeks and months.

A very similar message was delivered to Year 13 earlier in the day. We do not expect them in school tomorrow but, amidst all the uncertainty, one thing is certain: we will get them all back together for a suitably positive leaver’s day and Prom.

School will remain open to Years 7-10 and Year 12 tomorrow as planned.

Kind regards
Gwyn Williams

Corona Virus Update

We are aware of some stories circulating about school on social media. These are entirely false. If there is ever any news of school closures or other significant developments, we will inform you directly and post information here on the school website.

Coronavirus update

Dear parents and carers

Following the updated advice from the government yesterday, I thought it would be helpful to summarise the latest position.

Firstly, whilst schools are remaining open for the time being at least, it seems prudent for students with public examinations coming up (i.e. Years 10, 11 and 13) to make sure they are prepared for any enforced school closure. In such an event, we will be ensuring plenty of materials are available online, via Show My Homework. However, it is important students also have at home hard copies of key revision materials such as revision booklets and knowledge organisers. Teachers are in the process of checking this with students at the moment, but we ask parents and carers to encourage your children to make sure they do have hard copies at home for all relevant subjects and to seek out their teacher if they do not.

We obviously hope we are not required by government to close at any point but, if we do, we will endeavour to set meaningful work for all year groups via Show My Homework. Clearly, the situation is changing all the time and the details of anything like this will be finalised as and when it is necessary.

The latest medical advice from government is as follows:

1. Anyone who shows certain symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means students should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. The symptoms are:

* A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) and/or

* A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, then contact NHS 111 online at If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Please just report any such absences to school using the normal systems.

  1. As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands. Please reinforce this message with your children.
  2. Details of the latest advice regarding travel from affected countries can be found here:

The main change since my last letter concerns people who have travelled from anywhere in Italy since 9th March.

Further details, including on self-isolation, can be found here:

I hope this is all clear. Please do contact school if you are unsure of anything; we just ask you to understand that we do not have access to any information that is not already publicly available and are merely following government guidelines.

Kind regards

Gwyn Williams

2019 ALPS Certificate Awarded for Outstanding Progress

We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the 2019 ALPS Certificate for Outstanding Progress.

ALPS is an online tool that is used to measure student progress within and across schools nationally.

We are now officially in the top 25% of post-16 providers across the country. In addition to this,  what is particularly pleasing is the fact that we have been recognised for achieving this consistently for the last three years.

This truly is a testament to the commitment of students and staff at the school.  Our young people are ambitious, committed individuals and this outstanding achievement reflects that.

We are incredibly proud and look forward to the achievements to come!