Letters and Messages

Message from Mr Jackson – 13th July

Dear parent/carer As I am sure many of you are aware, I am leaving Haslingden High School at the end of this term. I have worked in education for 36 years, in five different schools within Lancashire, with the last ten as headteacher at our school. I often say at […]

Message from Mr Jackson – final day arrangements

Dear parent/carer I hope you are well and coping with the difficulties presented by the government’s current rules on the isolation of close contacts. I have no doubt this a frustrating time for many families. Please see below the arrangements for the final day of term. The school will break […]

Message from Mr Jackson – A Level Results – 1st July 2021

Message to all our Year 13 students regarding the collection of A level and vocational grades I hope this message finds you safe and well.  The vast majority of you will be looking forward to starting the next stages of your career and, whether this is employment, an apprenticeship or […]

Message from Mr Jackson – GCSE Results – 1st July 2021

Message to all our Year 11 students regarding the collection of GCSE and vocational grades I hope this message finds you safe and well, with the vast majority of you, no doubt, looking forward to September and starting your new courses or apprenticeship programmes. We are excited at the prospect […]

Message from Mr Roper – iPads and Edulink (for new parents)

Introducing Edulink One At Haslingden High School we see communication between school and home as a vital means of ensuring your child has an excellent education.  As well as sending messages out by SMS and email, we also use a system called Edulink One.  Many of you will already be […]

Message from Mr Wilson – Prom Cancellation

Yesterday’s government decision to delay the easing of restrictions in England for four weeks, unfortunately, means that we have had to take the incredibly difficult decision to cancel our Year 11 Prom, planned for Wednesday 23 June. I’m sure we have all been watching the worrying rise in infections across Lancashire […]

PCR Testing – June 2021

Message from Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health, Lancashire County Council, to parents of students at Haslingden High School We have invited your school to take part in additional testing as a precautionary measure due to a number of positive cases of Covid-19 at your school. We are requesting your […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 4th June – return to school after half term

I hope you are well and have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the lovely weather we have seen over the half-term break. The infection rates in Rossendale continue to be a concern and the latest data indicates the area continues to have the third-highest rate in the country, […]

Message from Ms Marsland – 28th May – Year 13 Assessments

I hope you are well. The last week of the post-16 educational journey for our Year 13 students was undoubtedly not what we wanted with the escalating infection rates of students over the weekend and on Monday, giving Mr Jackson no other option but to revert to remote learning for […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 28th May – Year 11 Catchup Assessments

I hope you are well.  The last week of the 11-16 educational journey for our Year 11 students was undoubtedly not what we wanted.  Unfortunately, escalating infection rates of students over the weekend and on Monday led me to make the decision to close the school for students until the […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 27th May – rise in Covid cases

We hope this message finds you well at what is undoubtedly a difficult time given the current Covid rates locally.  We are obviously aware that a number of families are required to self-isolate due to a positive Covid-19 test result, along with significant numbers of students who have been a […]

Message from Ms Marsland – 25th May – Year 13

As Mr Jackson has mentioned in a previous letter, the decision to revert to remote learning for the school to address the rise in Covid cases does impact on some Y13 students who have some assessments still outstanding.  Of course, we want these individuals to have the opportunity to demonstrate […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 24th May – Year 11

As I have said on many occasions, this is a difficult time for everyone, but I have no doubt this has been an extremely stressful time for students preparing for exams this summer. Although exams have been cancelled, I am sure it has not felt like this to the students […]

Message from Mr Jackson – remote learning – 24th May

Following the return on March 8, we tested students three times in school within the first fortnight and then provided home testing kits for use, ideally on Sunday and Thursday evenings. In the thousands of tests conducted up until last weekend, we had only had one positive case. Over the […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 15th May – Face Coverings

Last Monday the government announced that from May 17, face coverings would no longer be required in secondary schools. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we followed the DfE guidance and I wrote to you on Wednesday to inform you of the planned change. However, the guidance pointed out […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 12th May – Covid update

There is no doubt that the last 14 months have been incredibly challenging for everyone and that life in school has been increasingly very, very different for both staff and students. The significant disruption to learning as a result of the need to self isolate in the first term of […]

Message from Mr Goodman – 20th April (Year 11 and 13 Teacher Assessment)

We have now received the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) guidance on the determination of these grades and this has confirmed the guidelines which we are expected to follow.  A key inclusion in this document was that all centres are required to have a policy in place which all staff […]

Message from Mr Goodman – 17th March (awarding of GCSE, A level and vocational grades)

It has been a pleasure to welcome students back over the past week and we have all been impressed with the overwhelmingly positive attitude with which they have approached this return to school or sixth form. It is important that we also acknowledge the support that has been offered by […]

Home Covid Testing Information

Here is some information about coronavirus home testing kits and how to report test results.   If you have provided consent for coronavirus testing, we will provide your child with a testing kit to take home along with some instructions about how to carry out a home test.  We kindly ask […]

Letter from Mr Jackson – 16th March (Covid testing)

Thank you for your support in helping us to deliver lateral flow tests to over 1300 of our students.  It has certainly been a huge team effort to deliver these tests and I am proud of the way our students have responded in an extremely sensible and mature manner to […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 10th March (school reopening)

We have just completed our third day of lateral flow testing and have overseen over 1300 individual tests for students.  The vast majority of our students, where consent has been given, have now had their first test and we will be testing those students again twice over the next six […]

Message from Mr Goodman – 4th March (further information about students’ return to school)

I am very mindful of the long letter containing lots of important information which Mr Jackson sent you earlier this week, but I am also aware that there may still be questions around the experiences which our students will meet on their return to school, starting next week.  I am […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 2nd March (reopening of school from 8th March)

Apologies for the length of this letter! As I am sure you are aware secondary school students will be returning to school from Monday 8 March and I am delighted to confirm that we have plans in place that will see all our students back in school full time from […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 2nd March (Free school meal arrangements)

As we start to re-open school next week, I would like to inform you of the arrangements we will have in place to provide free school meals for children. Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 for whom we have received consent and who are attending school for a Covid-19 […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 23rd Feb – reopening of schools

Yesterday saw the Prime Minister outline his ‘roadmap’ for England’s emergence from the current restrictions and Gavin Williamson’s accompanying document detailing the implications and expectations for schools. You can find his letter to schools here. I am keen to update you on the implications for schools, however, it is important to […]

Message from Mr Goodman and Ms Marsland – Remote learning / Sixth Form

We hope this message finds you well at the end of a very different half term at Haslingden High School.  Whilst we know that home learning presents many challenges for staff, students and their families, we hope that this has been successful for your son/daughter during this time. We understand […]

Year 8 Options 2021 (3rd February)

For several years at Haslingden High School we have operated a two-year Key Stage 3 curriculum, with students making their Key Stage 4 option choices at the end of Year 8.  This, combined with high-quality teaching and learning, has led to our students continuing to make fantastic progress, and the […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 29th January (wellbeing day, reopening of schools, COVID-19 testing)

I hope you are well and that you and your family are coping during these difficult times. The following letter provides a brief update on some of the areas of school life that will be of particular interest to parents. Wellbeing and Learning Consolidation Day – Friday 5 February I […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 21st January (Remote learning update)

We have been working hard on a number of fronts this term, but providing online learning for our students that most closely matches the experience they would get in school (accepting that whatever we do provide wouldn’t be as good as face-to-face learning with their teacher) has been our main […]

Message from Ms Marsland – 21st January (Sixth Form Admissions)

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and well during these challenging times. You may be aware that the Department for Education has launched a joint consultation with Ofqual regarding how exam grades will be awarded in summer 2021 and, currently, there is no further guidance other […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 19th January

The Christmas break already seems a very distant memory and it is hard to believe that students have only just been ‘back’ two weeks.  There has been a huge amount going on already this term and this letter provides an update of some key issues that may affect your child. […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 11th January (Year 11 Parents’ Evening)

This will be the strangest Year 11 parents evening I have been involved with over the past 36 years!  Given the announcement that students will not sit GCSE exams this summer, I am sure there are many questions you want to ask your son/daughter’s teachers regarding the GCSE grade they […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 7th January (for Year 11 parents)

Yesterday in parliament, the Secretary of State for Education confirmed that students will not sit GCSE, A-level or AS exams this summer, and that the Department for Education and Ofqual will ‘consult next week on how to fairly award all pupils with a grade to ensure they can progress to […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 6th January (Vocational Exams)

Thank you for your understanding whilst we awaited further details regarding the vocational examinations which are taking place this month.  We had hoped that there would be more information regarding these in Gavin Williamson’s parliamentary address this afternoon, but unfortunately this was not the case.  We had already been notified […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 5th January

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, we have had to make a number of changes to our plans for this half term.  This will have implications for all year groups and will raise different questions for each.  In this letter I have tried to summarise the key issues that […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 4th January

Dear parent/carer I would like to wish all members of our school community a very happy new year.  It is good to be back in school but it is certainly not the same without the students.  There is much planning still to be done to facilitate the government’s plan for […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 31st December

Dear parent/carer I hope this email finds you well and that the new year is better than the current one! Following the Secretary of State for Education’s announcement in parliament yesterday afternoon, the plans for the start of term have been amended. This is clearly a rapidly changing situation and […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 28th December

Dear Parent/Carer  I hope you this letter finds you well and you have managed to enjoy the Christmas break so far.  There is no doubt that 2020 has been an exceptional year, but we are all hopeful that 2021 will see Coronavirus being brought under control with the advancements in […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 23rd October

This half term has been exceptionally challenging in school in a wide variety of ways, with the pandemic impacting on a significant number of our school community. The infection rates across Lancashire have seen the county placed in Tier 3, the highest category of classification, where rates are deemed to […]

Message from Mr Jackson – 11th September

At the end of first full week back in school I would like to take this opportunity to thank both parents and students for their cooperation, understanding and support. This has played a significant part in ensuring that the wide range of protocols and systems we have put in place […]

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