Drugs and Alcohol Education Update

We are currently using PSHE time to focus on giving students the facts about Alcohol (Year 9) and Drugs (Year 10). In addition, our Sixth Form and Year 11 students received some input from Sorted, Northumberland’s substance misuse service for young people in registration this week.

Please rest assured that we do not have any intelligence to believe that this is a specific issue to our school. We always prefer to take a preventative approach, where students understand the facts, including the risks and dangers of alcohol and drugs.

Please can we ask that you support us by taking this opportunity to speak with your children about the risks of alcohol and drugs. We are determined that drugs will not come onto our school premises and students know that if they bring them onto site, they will be permanently excluded from our school.

The letter issued to Parents/Carers can be read in full here

Y11 Grade Awarding Update

Between Monday 12 April and Friday 30 April, Year 11 students will complete some in class assessments across many of their subjects which will provide their teachers with some additional evidence to support the teacher assessed grade process this summer.

It is important to stress that the outcomes from these assessments will not be the only piece of evidence that subject teachers may use to generate final grades. I have attached a copy of my last letter here which explains the principles we will use to award grades this summer.

A copy of the letter sent to Parents/Carers and all Y11 students, can be read in full here.

Asymptomatic Home Testing of Students

Testing students at home

  • On Monday 15 March 2021 all students will be given two home test kits. Each box contains three tests
  • Students should test at home on Wednesday after school and Sunday evening as follows
    • Wednesday 17 March
    • Sunday 21 March
    • Wednesday 24 March
    • Sunday 28 March
    • Students do not need to test over Easter but should do a test on Sunday 11 April, before they return to school
  • Students will sign for their tests and we will record the lot number
  • Please note that these tests are only for use by the assigned students and should not be taken by anyone else  
  • No test should be taken for 90 days after a positive PCR test

The letter sent to Parents/Carers on 12 March can be read here

Assessed Grades Update

We are now in a position to outline to you the principles of how teacher assessed grades will be awarded this summer.

We are committed to supporting all of our students to give them the best opportunity to get the grades that they deserve this summer.  What is really important now is that all students continue to work as hard as they can over the remaining weeks.

Letter for Y11 can be read here

Letter for Y13 can be read here


Return to Sixth Form

As stipulated attendance is mandatory for all students from Week beginning 8 March. Sixth Form however has the flexibility of Home Study during non-contact periods. All students can leave after their last timetabled lesson of the day. Students are reminded to complete the electronic sign in/out forms when they arrive/leave at school during the day. These are accessed via their Tutor Google Classroom or the Sixth Form website.    

Year 12 Students Home Study granted for the morning if they have no timetabled lessons during periods 1, 2 and 3 they can remain at home. 

Year 13 Students Students can remain at home for the morning if they have no timetabled lessons periods 1 and 2. 

For students with Home Study in the morning, live assemblies will be available via their Google Classroom to ensure they don’t miss out on important information, advice and guidance. 

A copy of the letter can be read in full here

March Return to School – Update

A huge thank you to parents for your support with this initiative in advance of students’ return. Students conduct has been exemplary and testing staff have commented on how our students have approached the testing in a mature and considerate way.

The return to school will be staggered as follows:

  • Year 11 and Year 13   Tuesday 9 March
  • Year 10 and Year 12  Wednesday 10 March
  • Year 9  Thursday 11 March

A copy of the letter can be read in full here

National Careers Week 2021

We were delighted in January to have confirmation that we have maintained our Quality in Careers Standard award, demonstrating our belief and commitment to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. With this in mind I want to share with you some resources in recognition of National Careers Week 2021. 

In more usual times, we would fill this week with activities, visiting speakers and visits to various events. This year all of our provision is remote and in the form of a directory. The National Careers Week 2021 resources can be accessed via the link and is split into five sections; activity suggestions, information on Labour Market, where to access reliable careers information, events taking place this week and finally subject careers guides. All students will receive a copy via their Form Tutor.    

There is also a National Careers Week Virtual Careers Fair running across the week. It can be accessed here. This is an excellent opportunity for students and families to explore a wide variety of options and opportunities available to young people. 

Students have already been provided with information to support National Apprenticeship Week in early February. Please follow this link for the February Parents Pack from the National Apprenticeship Service. 

Unifrog continues to be an excellent resource for supporting career research and personal development, students sign in using their 3rivers email, parents can get in touch if they would like a parent account setting up