Dear Staff, Students and Parents,
The governing board would like to extend a massive thank you to all of you for how you have worked hard to counter all the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and what it has meant to our school community. During this term, governors have continued to meet, albeit virtually, to continue our work in supporting the excellent standards that we have all fought hard to maintain. I do not believe it has been easy for any one of us! It has been evident to us though, that staff have worked tirelessly, often behind the scenes to provide as much continuity as possible; we have seen, through meetings and via the newsletter, how hard staff and students have worked during these past weeks in the most challenging of circumstances. We obviously cannot forget the efforts that parents and carers have put into the education of their daughters – a task they never expected to be theirs! Some students have been in school throughout and their efforts and dedication have been noted also. We must never forget, of course, the role of the key workers without whom we would not have got thus far and we send grateful thanks to you also.
It has been a strange time for all of us and we, the governing board, are in awe of what has been achieved by the school and its community. Whilst we realise that things will not exactly be ‘back to normal’ in September, they will be moving, hopefully, in that direction. There are some elements that have been lost, which is sad, such as the way Year 11 students have not experienced the usual fulfilment of their time at school but we hope they feel their results are a true reflection of what they would have achieved through the examination process and their planned ‘end of term’ will take place in some form in the autumn.
Looking ahead, we have as a governing board, said a big thank you and good bye to two governors: Mr J Roy and Mrs S Midjek-Conway who have both served nearly two terms of office (a term of office is 4 years) with the school and we have now welcomed two new parent governors and a new community governor who start with us in September. Although the role of governor is not often evident, the work governors do both to support and challenge the school is a key one and I thank all of my governors for their efforts this year.
I wish all of you, staff, students, governors, and parents & carers, a restful and safe summer and hope we are able to start next year on a more even keel!
Ms Lorimer Russell-Hayes, Chair of Governors