Dear Parent/Carer,

We are looking forward to welcoming your child back to school this September. We have spent much of the Summer holidays putting in precautions and procedures to ensure that we keep our school community safe.


As I informed you in the Summer term, we will be having individual induction sessions for each year group before welcoming all our students onsite in their respective year group bubbles. These induction sessions are crucial as they will ensure that all year groups are made aware of the new procedures and systems to keep them safe. We have put together a Coronavirus Student Handbook which outlines all of the safety precautions as well as some changes to timings for the school day. Please read this thoroughly as it covers how things will be different onsite. Every element of this handbook has been carefully thought through with the ultimate goal of keeping your child safe.

Here is a link to the handbook:

Here is a link to the timings for all of the induction sessions so that you can double check the date and timings of your childs induction session.

If you have a child joining us in year 7, you should have received an email with their induction times. If for any reason, you did not receive this information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that all children must be in full school uniform for their induction days and should bring in a pencil case containing a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber. Our catering facilities will not be available for students to buy food on the induction days, so please ensure they bring a snack with them. If your child is entitled to a free school meal, they will be able to collect a packed lunch if required. After their induction session, your child will not be in school until Wednesday 9th September when normal lessons will begin (this will be a Week 2). We want to keep everyone as safe as possible so do please remember that if your child has a cough, fever, lack of smell/taste, tummy upset, sore throat or runny nose they need to stay at home and get a test. By not bringing the virus into school we keep everyone safe.

Many of our students come to school on public transport. Please be aware that due to the coronavirus, your child may not be able to catch their usual bus. The Firstbus App ( has a facility that allows you to see when the next bus is due as well as if it has any available seats. It is worth downloading if your child will be using a bus to get to school. Where possible, we would encourage children to walk or cycle to school as this reduces risk of transmission and infection. If you will be transporting your child to school by car, please do not stop outside the school on Somerset Square, as this will further increase bunching and grouping of students but rather park further away so that they have a short walk to school.

We want school to feel as normal as possible when it resumes for all year groups on Wednesday 9th September, students will be able to buy lunch from our catering team. However, they will not be allowed to bring money to school and top up using the revaluation units on A floor and B floor as this poses a significant infection risk. Please log-in to your SCOPAY online account and select 'School Meals (Innovate Catering)' to top up your account. If you are unsure how to do this, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It will be great to have our school filled with the sound of young people again. We are looking forward to helping our students restore relationships, rebuild safe boundaries and renew their learning.

All good wishes
Elisabeth Gilpin

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