Message to parents, carers and students, 28th July 2020, from David Hood, Headteacher

Dear Students/Parents/Carers,

My apologies that this “end of term” message has been delayed a little. We have had some problems with the school internet, but I’m happy to say that all’s now fixed and we can communicate again.

Firstly and most importantly, really well done to everyone in the Cressex community for making it to the end of the year in such good shape. It was wonderful to see Year 10 students in school in the last week of term and to welcome almost all of the staff into school for a planning day on Monday last week.

Normally we end the year with a special assembly at which we celebrate the students’ achievements, look back over the school year and say farewell to any staff who are leaving us. In our assemblies at the start of next term we will make sure that we recognise those students who have done especially well with their “remote” learning; we will also have certificates to give out for the winners in the Year 8 Johnson and Johnson project and to students who have gained gardening awards. 

The staff who are leaving us this summer are: Mr A. Ali, Mrs S. Bashir, Mrs K. Blake, Mr J. Hope, Ms K. Redmond, Mr S. Sammar, Mr G. Speakman, Mr D. van Setten and Ms J. Young. We thank them all for their contributions to Cressex and give them our best wishes for the future. I am pleased to report that we are fully staffed for the start of the new school year.

As you will know, we are expected to open for all students in the Autumn Term. If you wish to read the Government’s guidance, you can find it here:

Our task has been to interpret this guidance in a way that works for Cressex. The attached document is the latest draft of our “manual” for using the school from the start of the Autumn Term. So far it has been developed in discussion with staff and a group of governors. I ask you now to read it and especially to note the following points:

1.       The main aim of the manual is to keep us all as safe as possible, in the school and the wider community, while maintaining a high level of education. Therefore everyone has to comply with our agreed procedures. Anyone stepping out of line is potentially putting others at risk. Students must follow staff’s reasonable instructions at all times.

2.       Students will not be able to come into the building before 8.15am. For reasons of health and to avoid traffic congestion, students are encouraged to walk or cycle to school.

3.       Unless they have permission to do otherwise, students must remain in the areas of the school allocated for their year group. These areas will be clearly marked.

4.       Students must come to school with the full equipment they need each day. They will not have access to lockers.

5.       We will not be handling cash in school, all payments must be made via ParentPay.

6.       This draft represents our latest thinking.  We will make sure we inform you of any changes as soon as we can.

If you have any questions about this, email them to

Finally, a reminder about the dates students will return to school. Please see the change for Year 9.

Thursday 3 September 2020 Year 7, Year 12
Friday 4 September 2020 Year 7, Year 12
Monday 7 September 2020  Year 7, Year 9, Year 11, Year 12 (now includes Year 9)
Tuesday 8 September 2020 Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12

With very best wishes for a good summer,


David Hood