Month: November 2020

Year 10 Pre-Public Examinations & Parents’ Evening

Dear Parents/Carers

Re: Year 10 Pre-Public Examinations & Parents’ Evening

I write to inform you about the upcoming pre-public examinations (PPEs) that all pupils in year 10 will be sitting over a two-week period the week beginning 7th December and Year 10 parents evening that will be happening on Thursday, 3rd December.

Firstly, year 10 will be sitting their first set of pre-public examinations over a two-week period in December. The school will use these exams to not only get an accurate picture of the current working at grades for each pupil in each subject, but to analyse where gaps in knowledge are and adapt the curriculum accordingly, revisiting content that shows as needing further teaching.

It is therefore important that pupils prepare properly for these exams in a similar way to how they would for external examinations.

Pupils will soon be receiving guidance from each subject, through their google classroom, about what content will be tested in the exams. Each subject will also be providing additional information including links to websites and additional resources that will aid with their revision. 

In the weeks leading up to the exams in December, we will provide support on how best to prepare for the exams not only from a subject content perspective, but also supporting positive mental health and wellbeing through tutor time and assemblies.

Further to this, we would like to invite you to attend year 10 parents’ evening on Thursday, 3rd December between 3.30pm and 7pm, to discuss your child’s progress in their exam subjects. Parents’ evening will look slightly different this year, and instead of face-face meetings, we will be running it virtually. We continue to use the Parents Evening System as in previous years. The only difference this year, you will log into the system at your scheduled time rather than attending school site. 

Please make your appointments using the online system: A step-by-step guide can be found here. We will publish further guidance on approach to the evening on how to join virtually.

This is a consultation evening for Parents/Carers of all Year 10 students. Appointments can be made with each of your child’s subject teachers. The focus of the meetings will be about progress shown from the start of their GCSE courses and the upcoming PPEs.

Bookings will be available from Monday, 16th November 2020. If you experience any issues with creating the bookings, please contact the school on 0115 913 1338 to speak to our admin team who will be able to assist.

Yours faithfully,

Mr D Fugill

Vice Principal

Update Letter

RSE Policy

Mr N Lever has written a letter to all parents/carers regarding changes to the RSE policy. In the letter there is a link for feedback to be given. Please click the link below to view:

RSE Letter

Year 9 Options Letter

Mr Fugill has written a letter to the parents/carers of Year 9 students. Please click the link below to view the letter:


Year 10 Update Letter

Please click below to read a letter from Mr Fugill regarding the upcoming Year 10 Parents’ Evening and the pre-public examinations.

Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 03 December 2020.

Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) will take place on a two-week period, starting week beginning Monday 07 December 2020.

Winter PE Kit

Ms K Horner (Head of PE) has written a letter to all parents/carers regarding suitable winter PE kit. Please click the link below to view:

PE Kit Letter

GCSEPod Webinars

Education on demand

Would you like to understand how GCSEPod works, how it supports children through their revision and how parents can support the process?

Great news! GCSEPod are offering ‘Introduction to GCSEPod’ webinars. The links and dates are below:

17th November

3rd December

If you can’t join a live webinar, you can watch a previous one here:

Visitors on Site

Mr Chris Keen has written a letter to all parents/carers regarding visiting the school site during COVID-19 lockdown. Please click the link below to view: