Headmaster's Highlights

Friday 11th September 2020

Dear Parents,

We’ve enjoyed a great start to term and thanks for your support and care; in particular, for your patience with staggered start and end times. This has allowed us to continue with our thermal screening procedures and also keep on mission with keeping year groups in ‘bubbles’.

This is a royal pain, make no mistake. The level of logistical management each day for us is heightened, from timetables to playtimes. However, the alternative of relaxing too early might be that schools are ordered to close should they have a spike of corona cases to manage. So please keep to your timings, observe distancing and if you do want to idle and chat with friends please take it off site, to avoid crowding. Whatever lies ahead I feel this School community has the resilience, common-sense and drive to deal with it pragmatically and with care.

The boys have been brilliant; their behaviour has been exemplary and they have flowed quickly back into purposeful routine.

The after school clubs list has gone out and you will notice that this provision is organised into year groups. This is somewhat limiting but keeps us safe.

Our caterers, CH&Co, have the staff and systems in place to safely return to the full hot meals service from the 21st September. This will require my staff to assiduously manage the boys’ time and space in the Dining Hall. Please look out for a ParentMail providing full details of this and reply accordingly by Thursday 17th September, at the latest.

Let’s keep talking, if you need to. Staff can chat on the phone, but sometimes face-to-face is better. If parents do need to come on site, please just book in and we will mask you up in communal areas.

You will notice we’ve switched to TEAMS for homework. We have come on so far with this platform that it seems astute to keep it going and with purpose. If you get stuck please just talk to the Form Tutors and we will help. Mrs Mach has also given some advice in her article which appears on page 3.

Pre-corona we would have been taking on the new classroom wing for the start of term. However, as building sites were ordered to close for some weeks we have seen some drift on handover.

Currently, we are on track to receive the new building just before ½ term. We have added some artist impressions on to our website of a few of the new areas. You may like to take a look to see the facilities the boys will enjoy in the very near future. In order to ‘move in’ I’m planning to deploy our whole staff team to facilitate this quickly. Therefore, I’m adding another INSET day to the calendar before we spend the ½ term getting everything ready for your sons. So please note the school will be closed to boys on Friday 16th October whilst staff prepare the new wing for the boys.

Enjoy your weekend,

John Towers

Headmaster

Congratulations to Barnaby, our newly elected Head Boy for the Autumn Term.

Barnaby, Head Boy - Autumn 2020