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Head Master's News

Friday 8 January 2021

Dear Parents, 

What a remarkable week it has been! From the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening, the start of another national lockdown, and then the events in Washington DC, it’s hard to conceive of an equivalent moment in recent times. 

I know all too well that such uncertainty can place great pressure on individuals, families and communities and my message to students in our first assembly of 2021 was to care for one another, to support one another, and to reach out to connect with others. Our Wellbeing Ambassadors followed this with a superb presentation on the 5Cs of mental and emotional wellbeing, the slides from which have been uploaded to News

I am enormously proud of the whole school community for the way we have been able to adapt so swiftly to a rapidly changing situation. Despite the challenges of Covid, it has been an incredibly positive start to term. Our remote school is thriving and, as I write, students are engaged in a fantastic range of Friday afternoon activities from Greek or Mandarin to CCF and the Ivy House Leadership Award. 

I have selected highlights below to give you a flavour of some of the things happening inside and outside the remote classroom. Our new and exciting Inspire Programme for the Spring Term is linked below and you can access our superb Beyond the Classroom booklet on the portal

The spirit of the school remains incredibly strong and students, staff, parents, and governors have done a tremendous job to enable such a smooth start to term. I have felt great pride in our students, who have handled the uncertainty and change with great spirit and resilience. I was delighted to learn about new, student-led and student-inspired societies: the Art and Design Society and the Interfaith Council. Amidst the restrictions, the students are seizing opportunities and taking the initiative. 

There are, of course, questions about GCSEs and A Levels and we will update parents as soon as we have more information. Our absolute priority is our students and we will ensure that they have the very best support throughout this process. 

I wish you all the very best for the New Year and hope that you can have a happy and restful weekend. 

Your sincerely, 

Dr Burley 

Head Master