Message from Mr Jackson – 24th June

Thank you to those who responded to the ‘return to sixth form’ survey.  We have had a number of conversations with parents who have expressed a wide range of views about their son/daughter returning but, ultimately, this decision does rest with parents and we fully respect the reasons behind the decisions made.  According to the survey, just over 80% of year 12 students are set to return next week.

For safeguarding reasons, we need to know the reasons why students are not in school and as such it is important that I get a response from the parent/carer of every student in year 12.  The survey has now closed and so I would ask those parents who have not responded to the survey to email indicating whether or not your child will be attending school and if not, the reasons for this.  In addition, we need to provide reasons for absence for all year 12 students, to enable us to fulfil our legal duty in informing the Department for Education.

We are all really looking forward to welcoming our year 12 students back into sixth form but we require all members of our school community to socially distance at all times.  I am sure you understand that we cannot operate as usual because it is imperative that we ensure that the school site is safe.

In order to facilitate a safe return and allow students the opportunity to experience time in all of their subjects before the summer break, the plan is as follows:

  • Year 12 will return on a two-week plan so that we can offer face-to-face contact and support in every subject. The timetables for week one and week two are shown below so please read these carefully.  Week one commences on Monday 29 June and week two, on the 6 July.
  • For some subjects we have had to offer split sessions (labelled group 1 and group 2 on the timetable). If your son/daughter studies these subjects, we will be in touch individually with details about which sessions they should attend.
  • The timing of the school day has been modified so that morning sessions run from 9:30 until 12, including a break, and afternoon sessions will run from 12:30 until 2:30.
  • Lunch will be 12:00 until 12:30. Students are asked to bring a packed lunch with them and a snack for break if required as there will be no facility to buy food in the sixth form building.
  • Students are advised to bring their own drinks as the water machines in school have had to be turned off and there will not be a facility to buy food or drink in the sixth form.


  • The sixth form dress code still applies
  • On arrival, students should wash their hands upon entry to the sixth form if possible, or use hand sanitiser, then report to their designated classrooms
  • It is imperative that no more than two students should be in the toilets at any one time
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided in classrooms, but students may bring their own
  • To minimise unnecessary movement around the sixth form building, students are required to stay in their classroom for break and lunch. Weather permitting, there may be an option to have lunch outside but students must stay within their designated groups

I fully understand that the new arrangements in sixth form may feel different to normal, and it is essential that all students co-operate fully with all the above and with their subject teachers to ensure the day is both safe and productive for all.  I would like to thank you in advance for your support in helping us to deal with this exceptionally difficult situation and if you have any questions regarding the arrangements to return to sixth form then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Schedule for Week 1

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Schedule for Week 2

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