The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson has published an open letter to parents encouraging continued regular testing. If your child is coming to the end of a pack of LFD tests, they should ask their Form Tutor for a new supply. As you are probably aware, cases are rising currently and it is therefore important that as many as possible students and staff at Darrick Wood conduct LFD tests twice weekly, reporting all results (positive, negative and void) to the School using the testregister website. Anyone with a positive result or who have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and arrange a PCR test.
As mentioned in the last Parent Bulletin, students in all year groups have assessments in the weeks ahead. The arrangements are as follows:
Years 7 and 8 – tests will take place in classrooms in normal lessons as planned by Heads of Department and teachers through the next few weeks. These tests will cover specific units or those learnt across the whole year, whatever is deemed most appropriate for each subject.
Year 9 – end of year assessments will take place in classrooms in normal lessons week beginning 21st June 2021
Year 10 – end of year assessments in normal lessons week beginning 14th June with core subjects in the Hall week beginning 21st June.
Year 12 – End of year assessments in the Hall week beginning 28th June. Year 12 will have study leave this week and will only need to attend school for their assessments.
Our virtual assembly last week had the theme of modern saints. Mr Smith asked teachers from across the School questions about this including does the term, saint, still have relevance today and who would they consider to be a saint.
This week’s assembly, arranged by Mr Eynon, will mark School Diversity Week. This is an annual celebration of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) equality in education, celebrated by thousands of primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across the UK. Throughout the month of June the School has been flying the rainbow Pride flag, but we know there remains much work to do to ensure all students always feel included and fairly treated. Signing up to School Diversity Week is just one way we can promote this and encourage all of our students to live by the core values of their school.
Dr Burroughs would like to draw attention to a new blog post called Subject Matters. She will be uploading articles written by Sixth Form students about up-to-date advancements or issues in their most loved subjects. Click here to see the first.
Dates for the diary
Last day of term – Friday, 23rd July
First day of next term – Wednesday, 1st September (Professional Development Day – only staff attend
Thursday, 2nd September – Years 7 and 12
Friday, 3rd September – All years