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In Year 10-13 and want some virtual work experience? Sign up for the Speakers for Schools 'Experience Programme' today at Contact Mr Allison for more details.


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WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY! ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾 Please RT / share with young people. Aged 14+? Please join us Friday 05/06 for - interactive discussion on issues that affect young people - - Please email /DM to book and we will send you details. Thank you ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾


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Need some help getting started with that comic or graphic novel? (=^.^=) Tune in to our Festival of Words channel today at 4pm when Nigel from shares tips on story-boarding Set yourself a reminder here ->


See how our classrooms have changed to support . We're really looking forward to seeing our Year 10 and 12 boys again from June 15th. Find out about more our changes at


School reopens to Year 10 on Mon 15th June, and we've made lots of changes to keep our boys and staff safe through . We can't wait to see our Year 10 boys again! Find our how we've adapted our classrooms, corridors and canteen at


Ali hits Mr Miller for six in the playground today.


Mr May and Mr Miller leading a workout in school today. Keep up!


We've made a short video assembly, including live prize draws, to celebrate the amount of work, effort and support that our school community is giving each other during this difficult time. Hope you enjoy it!


This week's reading competition... design a book cover. Think of one of your favourite books and redesign the cover. How will you tempt other readers to discover the book? Win a FREE book of your choice delivered to your door. Find out more


Ryan, Year 8, has made this Word Search using the titles of the books. Check out Ryan's word search at And congrats to Ryan for winning last week's reading competition!


J K Rowling has surprised everyone by announcing a new book which she is publishing chapter by chapter on a new website. Completely different to Harry Potter.


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***COMPETITION*** Aged 11-17? If you want to be a voice of hope during these challenging times why not get creative and use your imagination to create a short yet powerful piece. Enter our and have the chance to win a prize!


Konnie Huq's writing tips, as part of Festival of Words. Online today from 2pm


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Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin! The Southwark Festival of Words is back, with a host of talented writers, storytellers and artists ready to capture your imagination. It’s all premiering on YouTube from 26 May. Find out more at


Enter our Virtual Performing Arts Showcase. Think you've got a performance worth sharing?! Enter by 7th June.


To our boys who are fans of David Walliams... Chichester Theatre's production of Walliams' 'The Midnight Gang' is available to view for free until 29 May


Daniel in Year 10 has written some reflections on our times, which we wanted to share with you. "The world is in a dire state right now. It may seem like there is no way out, but that is not true." Read Daniel's article in full


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Bitesize has suggested 7 simple ways we can all show for Mental Health Awareness Week.


Get involved with breaking a Guinness World Record! Author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph, wants you to take part in the world's biggest online lesson ever. Thursday 21 May 4-4:30pm. Register today!


More pictures from our teachers' this week. We've been making cakes with the theme of lockdown. Some cracking cakes - tasty! See all the entries at

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Year 10 School Re-Opening - Letter to Parents

Important information for Year 10 parents and carers about plans for school reopening.

Dear Parents/Carers

Your son’s/ward’s education has been hugely impacted by the national school closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March. Our staff have worked tirelessly to offer the very best remote learning offer and pastoral support, but nothing can replace actual face to face teaching and interaction. This is even more of a worry for our Year 10 students who are due to be taking their GCSE examinations in less than a year. I am delighted to inform you that from 8 June 2020 we plan on improving our educational offer to include on site, teacher-led learning. The Government has asked secondary schools to offer some face-to-face support for year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year. I understand that many of you will be concerned about sending your son/ward to the Academy. However, for those students who can attend I know that this educational and pastoral offer will have a positive impact on their wellbeing through interactions and on their educational development as nothing can match being taught in a classroom by excellent teachers.

From the week commencing 8 June 2020 we will be inviting each year 10 student into the Academy to be taught in a teaching group of no more than 15. We will deliver lessons in their Core GCSE subjects English, Maths and Science. This opportunity to work with subject specialists will have a huge impact on the students’ progress and preparation for the GCSEs in the summer of 2021. Importantly there will be a pastoral and wellbeing session to help the students develop as young adults and deal with the negative effects of the Covid-19 crisis. I also want them to have the opportunity to have a lunchtime at a social distance with their peers with whom they have had no contact for over 2 months. Additionally, each student will have an individual support session with a member of staff. This weekly face to face offer will complement our remote learning programme delivered by subject teachers though MS teams.

I want to reassure you that our students’ welfare and that of our whole Academy community is central to our re-opening plans. We have completed thorough risk assessments and have put in place significant changes to ensure that our Academy is ready for reopening. Our plans adhere to the Department for Education guidance on implementing protective measures for education settings. Measures we are taking include:

  • minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend childcare settings, schools or colleges
  • cleaning hands more often than usual - washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and drying them thoroughly or using alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach • cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
  • minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment (such as classroom layout) and timetables (such as staggered break times)

Students and staff who have Covid-19 symptoms or live with people who have symptoms should not attend the Academy. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more
  • coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

For the wellbeing of us all it is vital that students with these symptoms do not attend but contact the NHS for testing and support.

We have adapted our Behaviour for Learning Policy to support our students to understand and follow our new social distancing, hygiene and group contact procedures. These changes are to keep your son/ward, your family and our staff safe. We want you to be reassured that the Academy will not tolerate any risks to our collective health. These measures mean that your son/ward and our staff will
be protected as far as is possible in an educational setting. Your son’s/ward’s safety and wellbeing is very important to us and at the heart of our decision to invite him back to the Academy.

Sadly, some of our students will not be able to return for medical reasons or family circumstances. It is important that you inform the Academy if your son/ward or others in your household have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions and have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to be attending the Academy. For these students we will continue to support them at home through virtual learning and support. It is important that we have up to date medical information, if there have been changes that you have not informed us of please let us know.

Good communication with you is vital so that you have up to date information about our educational offer and so that we can contact you in an emergency. Our preferred methods of communication are via email, phone and text. If you have changed your details, please can you let us know so we can update our records.

A letter will be sent to you informing you of your son’s/ward’s updated weekly timetable including the day we would like him to attend site and when his live remote lessons will be. This letter will also include our adapted student code of conduct which has been put in place to keep all stakeholders safe.

You will also receive a personal telephone call from a member of our Senior Leadership Team to ensure you have fully understood how the return to school will work and to answer any questions you may have.

Finally, I want to thank you for everything that you are doing to ensure that your children ‘keep safe and keep learning’. Together, as a school community, we are getting through these unprecedented and uncertain times, and emerging stronger as a result.

Yours sincerely

Peter Groves, Principal