End of Term Letter from Mr Mirams
I am writing to you all as we approach the end of the academic year to ensure that you are fully informed about all aspects of school life. We have all been through a particularly difficult couple of years and it has been pleasing to see so many of you at different events and being able to take an active part in school life. As always, we have said goodbye to both Year 11 and Year 13 and are already preparing for the new intake of pupils in both Year R and Year 7 for September 2022 and there will be a number of transition events that will be taking place in the coming weeks.
As a school we are very conscious of the pressures being placed on all our families in regard to continuing rising costs and the cost of living, which is impacting on many of you. We are more than aware that the school must play a part in supporting our community during these difficult economic times. I would, therefore, like to outline some of the actions that we are taking as a school to try and minimise such costs, a well as keeping you informed about end of term activities.
Rising Catering Costs:
It will come as no surprise that as a school we are seeing increasing costs to our supplies in regard to our school catering services, but we will continue to keep pricing at current levels for as long as we possibly can to support all in our community. As Headteacher I have been having weekly meetings with our catering management team to ensure that no extra costs are passed onto our school community to ensure that we are doing our part to support you and your families during these difficult times. This does mean that at present the school is having to subsume extra costs and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our catering team for all their hard work in supporting this initiative.
While I remain as Headteacher we will continue to expect high standards in regard to the school uniform, but have already made significant changes in attempts to reduce the costs to our families by reducing the number of branded/logoed items that are required to be part of our community. This means that many items can be purchased at a range of local suppliers to keep costs low and the only branded items required are now very limited. We have also worked hard with the local schoolwear centre to ensure that “pre loved” uniform is easily accessible to all in our community.
I would like to draw your attention to the compulsory items and our uniform expectations and I would ask that if you have any old uniform that you drop it into the Schoolwear Centre so it can be used by others.
It is great to see so many children of all ages, being given the opportunity to be involved in a number of trips and activities this summer and I would like to thank all our staff for their commitment to making this summer memorable for all our pupils. In an attempt to keep the costs of many activities low we will as a school be paying most of the transport costs (coaches) to ensure that these costs are not passed on to those in our community. I hope in some way this is helpful to many of you.
The school will be once again be organising our Community Week from Monday, 11th – Friday, 15th July 2022. This is where pupils of all ages across both schools will be participating in a range of activities that will be taking place in our local community, within the school grounds and further afield. Such activities will involve visitors to the school, supporting older members of our community, looking after the environment and learning about all aspects of community life. During the same week we will have Year 10 out on Work Experience, camping trips for KS3 and numerous Primary events. There will be leavers events and reward trips going out so that we can celebrate the success of our youngsters. Once again we are trying to have an impact on those within the school and our local community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in this week.
During Community Week at the Secondary we will be staggering non uniform days for pupils and these will take place in combination with camping trips. These non uniform days will be used to raise money for Year Team Charities, but £1 contributions are optional. Please see non uniform days in Community Week below:
- Year 7: Thursday 14th July 2022
- Year 8: Wednesday 13th July 2022
- Year 9: Tuesday 12th July 2022
- ALL PUPILS AT BOTH SCHOOLS: Friday 15th July 2022
Last Week of Term (18th – 21st July):
The last 4 days of the academic year will also be non-uniform days for pupils as there are a range of activities taking place and most timetables will be reduced or removed. Once again, donations to Charities are not expected but generously accepted.
We are hoping that the last two weeks of term will provide a really positive completion of the school year and allow pupils to finish the term on a high.
The last day of school is Thursday, 21st July and Secondary will have a staggered departure from 11.50am to 12.00pm and Primary from 12.10pm.
Once again, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of the school, acknowledge that we are very aware of the cost of living difficulties for many of you and to let you know that we are doing all we can to support our school community in ensuring that despite the many pressures we are committed to all of you and to making a difference. Our aim is to finish the year in a way that puts a smile on the faces of pupils, parents and staff.
God bless you all.