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Dear Parents / Carers,

This has been a very busy six weeks of the Spring Term, which has seen our pupils adapting so well to our Blended Learning Offer.

We have seen pupils grow in confidence in how to access online learning through Zoom lessons, Class Charts, My Maths, TT Rockstars and Lexia.

Teachers have been delighted to see so many pupils joining each zoom lesson, bringing together pupils in Key Worker Bubbles in school and those pupils working at home.

Pupils in school working in Bubbles have enjoyed the opportunity to work with pupils from other year groups and to develop new friendships.

Our Blended Learning Offer has shown so many strengths in our school community and we thank everyone for working so hard to support our young people in these challenging times.

We wish you all a restful half term week.



We say a sad goodbye to Mr Munson who leaves us at the end of February for pastures new.

He has worked with many staff and pupils in the main school and in the 6th Form, both before COVID and through the lockdown Bubbles.

We truly appreciate all the support and encouragement he has given to each pupil he has worked with.

We all wish him every success as he begins his Phd in Film and Media Studies.


The Great Coastal Walk - week 1 update.

Our four staff house teams set out on their virtual walk from Portsmouth to John O’Groats last Monday! Their first target was to reach Margate by the end of week 1. Mrs Riches awarded 10 house points to Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff for reaching Margate on time….but London must have stopped for a few too many ice-creams and lunches as they are still 15 miles away! Edinburgh are currently in the lead….with Cardiff close behind and Belfast on their heels! This week, our teams are heading for Clacton and by the time we’ve returned from half-term, they should have reached sunny Skegness! Congratulations to Thomas from Year 9 who won 10 house points for London (thank goodness – that makes up for his team’s poor walking!) by guessing closest to why the walk started in Portsmouth! The walk was set up by Miss Boultwood who was born in Portsmouth so it’s her favourite place!



We have a small number of wifi access codes /units that we can share, where needed, in order to support your son or daughter joining our Zoom tutor sessions, assemblies and lessons and to be able to use Class Charts, Lexia, My Maths and TT Rockstars to support their learning.

If any parent or carer needs support with providing an Internet connection for your child to access our Blended Learning, please contact Victoria Fearnley




Don’t forget that it is INSET day on Monday 22nd February.

School is closed to all pupils on that day


Just a gentle reminder. If your child is suffering from any Covid symptoms you will need to keep them at home, arrange a PCR test at your earliest convenience and contact the school for advice.