Update from Mr Cuomo

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am pleased to report that we have enjoyed a very productive first week back. Our students have responded extremely well to wearing face masks in lessons and in general I feel that they have very much benefitted from the Christmas break. Please may I remind you that a face covering should be provided on a daily basis to your child(ren) as our stock of face masks is starting to run quite low. I must also remind you that visitors to school must be for essential purposes only. Please do not enter the school grounds or buildings unless you have been granted permission by a member of staff in School. Our current menu of extra-curricular activities is continuing to take place as well as other trips and activities organised by the School.

In terms of our building projects, I have already made you aware of the refurbishment projects for both the ‘R’ block toilets and the ‘PA’ block toilets. These will be carried out during the summer holiday and the planning and preparation for the new building to replace the ‘X’ rooms continues. I also wanted to make you aware that there has been a significant piece of work carried out in order to embellish and enhance the current Sixth Form accommodation. Mrs Wain and I have been working in close liaison with colleagues at the Trust to refurbish the common rooms including new furniture and flooring as well as decorating the main corridors. Mood boards have been drawn up and these will be displayed in key areas so that current Sixth Form students and prospective students are able to see what has been planned. This work will hopefully be carried out during the Easter holiday. This does represent a significant investment in the Sixth Form.

Other Sixth Form developments include the creation of an Alumni community. If you are an ex-student of All Saints’ or know somebody who attended All Saints’ as a student, we would very much like them to get in contact with us. It is a pleasure to read the wonderful achievements of our ex-students, carrying our highly reputed professional, sporting and artistic roles. These stories help to inspire current students as it helps to facilitate an aspirational attitude to future careers.

You will be aware that the Year 13 and 11 Mock Examinations have been rescheduled to commence the week beginning the 7th of March. As yet, no final decision has been made by the Department for Education as to whether students will sit A ‘level and GCSE examinations in the summer. The Educational Media suggests that this is the case, however the DfE has made it very clear that a decision to revert to Teacher Assessed Grades may be made at any time in response to how the Pandemic develops. Teachers are working hard to ensure that students in Years 13 and 11 will be effectively prepared and students are aware of their importance going forward.

Finally, we are in the process of managing Year 6 admissions to the School. Once again, we are extremely fortunate to be heavily over-subscribed and we continue to receive a high number of applications for in-year transfers. There is a lot of information available on the School website, however if you require any information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Jane Ellis-Laycock who will be able to answer any queries.

We look forward to another productive year at All Saints’ and of course, if you have any questions about your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact the School.

Thank you.

Mr. Cuomo
Head Teacher