Headteacher's Update, 20 October 2021

Dear Parents / Carers

This first half term of the year has been challenging in a number of ways, but I’m very pleased to report that we are approaching the break in good heart. It has been particularly impressive to see the way that the students have settled in at the start of the year. In the great majority of cases they are working well and showing a good, positive attitude to school. Well done to them and to the staff who have been supporting them so well.

Some points to highlight as we come to the half-term holiday:

1)      Covid

Thank you to everyone for the sensible and responsible way they are dealing with the continuing pandemic. I am particularly grateful to parents and carers who have communicated with the school very well as we work together to find the best response to the various situations that arise.

A number of students took up the offer to be vaccinated in school. We have just been informed that 12-15 year olds may now also book to be vaccinated in vaccination centres across the county. See the NHS letter below for more information.

Letter from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust - 12-15 Covid School Vaccination Programme 

Year 7 and Year 8 students have the opportunity to book in for a flu vaccination (nasal spray) on 3 November. Please see the letter sent from school on 20 October. The deadline for bookings is 1 November.

We are able to continue to distribute free LFD testing kits for students. Please support your child to keep testing twice a week at home. I especially ask that they take a test on Sunday 31 October before they return to school on Monday 1 November. 

2)      Year 11 Exams

The government intends that students should take GCSEs as normal next year. They have however also said that if , in the end, it is not possible for students to take exams, the same approach to grading would be used as this year. That means that schools would be awarding grades to students based on the work they have done over the year. So parents/carers of Year 11 students, please encourage your child to prepare as well as possible for the mock exams which take place just after half term as the results they get may also be part of their final result. All students should be working to a well-planned revision timetable.

3)      Parent Governor

We have a vacancy for a parent/carer on the school Governing Board. If you would like to find out more about this important role, or would like to express an interest in doing it, please let me know.

4)      School Activities and Trips

I am very pleased to let you know that school sports clubs are up and running again, and are very well attended. Also, our visits to places of interest are back underway. A high point earlier in the term was the Year 7 team building day at Longridge. The students took part in all activities enthusiastically and were able to develop skills such as climbing and problem solving. On Friday 15 October we welcomed 4 members of the neighbourhood police team into school on a liaison visit. They spoke to students about the role of Police Officer and PCSO and shared other useful information with the students.

5)      Staff Matters

At the end of the half term we say good-bye to Mrs Sarah Gregory, afternoon receptionist, and Ms Caroline Schulze,  who has been supporting in PE and literacy. We thank them both for their really valuable contribution to Cressex and wish them well for the future.

6)      School reopens for students and staff at the normal time on Monday 1        November 2021

With all good wishes


David Hood