Key Stage 3 Update

Under normal circumstances this would be a perfect opportunity to reflect on a busy half-term before Easter and we would be welcoming students, parents and carers to the new summer term. We are all experiencing a number of changes to our normal routine and trying to adapt our usual plans, but I am happy to say that hasn’t diluted the number of incredible things that our Key Stage 3 students and staff are continuing to do in these challenging times.

We are very lucky that we have the ability to stay in touch with students using our Show My Homework system and internal school student emails, which means that subject teachers have been so impressed with the quality of homework they have received since we began our distance learning. It shows once again the pride that our Year 7 & Year 8 students take in their work and what mature, independent learners they are developing into. Special mentions should go to Ruby & Brooke who were our key stage 3 students nominated by their teachers before Easter for submitting outstanding pieces of homework. A huge amount of students were nominated by staff and Ruby & Brooke were drawn at random from that list to receive a prize for their efforts, those prize draws will continue this term so we can reward students who are working so hard.

We were also so impressed with the images we received showing support to our superb NHS workers by creating beautiful rainbow images and displaying them in windows all across the community. Some of these were displayed on the school website and once again, we could not be prouder. Some of our Year 8 pupils who were in school before the Easter break and assisted with the school’s donation of hundreds of Easter eggs to local hospitals. They were happy to help by loading the eggs into vans to ensure they got to our key workers quickly and safely. The staff at the local hospitals were very grateful and a big thank you to Rammel & Grace for helping us.

Pastoral teams and form tutors have stayed in touch with phone calls home & messages to students before and after the Easter break and we have been touched by the number of students responses we have received wishing us well as staff, asking how we are and sending very positive messages to support each other in these difficult times. We would like to thank Drew, Cameron-Leigh, Kayleigh & Jessica in Year 7 and Sharanpreet, Isabella, Hollie, Sharney & Demmi-Leigh in Year 8 for their kindness and compassion, these students went out of their way to make sure that staff are safe and well, and their messages certainly boosted morale. Please remember that the comments option on the Show My Homework tasks is always there for students to make contact if they need any help or support.

The Key Stage 3 subject staff are working hard from home looking at suitable tasks that students can access and enjoy whilst we are not in school, but we are all looking forward to the time we can enjoy assemblies together again and full classrooms, that time will come and we’ll get through this together. Please stay safe and look after each other and we’ll hopefully see you all soon.

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Mr D O'Connor is the Head of Key Stage 3.