Many thanks to everyone for all their hard work this year, to staff, students and families who have supported us. I wish you all a happy holiday with time to rest and catch up with friends and family, alongside academic work, work experience and travel. A good holiday is all about balance.
May I also remind students that our standards will not change, do not waste money on piercings, unsuitable footwear (black leather shoes only) or unsuitable haircuts or colours, they will not be allowed. If in doubt, check!
Please stay safe, be mindful of the dangers that roads, railways and open water can pose and don’t take any risks. Whilst we have shared the ‘run, tell, hide’ link, in the unlikely event of being involved in an incident, I need to emphasise that we have very specific and different instructions about what to do if anything happened at school, we will practice our lockdown policy in September. If anything was to ever happen, and it is highly unlikely, I would send a message to students and parents as soon as possible, as we did this week. During the incident with the intruders our school was simply used as part of an escape route, no weapons were carried and the police were involved immediately. Our students were moved off the yard into the building and by that point, the incident was over. I am grateful for your kind and supportive responses, including those who praised our communication with you.
I would like to wish our staff and students who are leaving us all the very best for the future, you will always be part of our St Thomas More community and we were blessed to know you.