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10th May 2024

Dear families,

We have had an excellent week in school following the bank holiday weekend with lots of industry in lessons, the Year 8 parents’ evening and, for some of our Year 11 and 13 students, a week where formal examinations have started.

Extra-Curricular Activities and School Trips

The summer term is traditionally a busy time for such activities. In the past few weeks alone we have run a visit to northern Spain, history and performing arts trips and a range of sports competitions. All of this is in addition to our regular clubs and activities. I would like to reiterate that participation in enrichment activities is a key aspect of the development of our students and that all students in Key Stage 3 are expected to take part in at least one enrichment activity each week. Full details can be found on the school website HERE.  

Term Dates 2024-25

The full set of term dates for next academic year are available on our website HERE. Parents should note that there is a two-week half term break in October. Please also note that the half term at the end of this month will take place from Monday 27th May until Friday 31st May.


I am always very grateful for the continued support that the school receives from you, as our parent body, in our continuous strive for further improvement and enhancement of our students’ experience. This partnership is very important and one which is successful when born out of a sense of mutual respect. It is for this reason that I want to take the opportunity to impress the importance of cordiality in our communication with each other.  You will be aware that as the Headteacher, I have a duty of care to look after the welfare of our students as well as a duty of care to look after the welfare of our staff as well. 

I will not tolerate any abusive language or threats coming from any party to a member of my staff, either on the telephone, in person or online.  If any such event of this nature should happen, I will immediately take advice from the Metropolitan Police and consider reporting any such incident. Such cases are rare, but nevertheless unacceptable.

I would like to reiterate that I am extremely grateful for your support in all matters of school life and the importance of cordiality and respectfulness in all communications. 

Yours sincerely,

Paul Woods, Headteacher