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Holmleigh Park High School

Letter from the Head - 13th November 2020

In this issue: Our best week this year, Remembrance Day, and virtual Parents Evenings.

Dear all,

We have had another fantastic week; I have enjoyed it more than any other so far this year. 

Of particular note is that our attendance has been at an all time high this week - around four percentage points above the national average and even further above Beaufort levels in recent years. We are very grateful for all your support with this - while also being hugely appreciative of those of you who are keeping your children at home when they or a family member.

It has also been wonderful to see Year 11 and Year 13 tackling their mocks. These have represented a welcome return to something approaching normality, and with the recent news regarding vaccines, I'm hopeful that our students will be able to take their normal exams next year. I know that they will do brilliantly this year, as their attitude is just fantastic - we had 151 students turn up early on Tuesday for extra Maths intervention before the exam. From the papers we've seen so far, it looks like both year groups have surpassed how their peers were doing at this time last year, suggesting they've continued to make excellent progress during lockdown. 

On a more sombre note, Wednesday was Remembrance Day. Last year, we had gathered the whole school together to reflect, but this year I instead spoke live to all students in their tutor groups. In my assembly, I talked about the poppy being a symbol not only of remembrance, but of hope too - a timely reminder that coronavirus will pass, and that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark the days.

Finally, our first Parents Evening (Year 7) will take place on Thursday 10th December. I'm pleased to confirm that this will take place online. You will be able to book appointments, and then join the meeting either through a video call, or through audio only if you'd prefer. Details will be sent out closer to the time.

In the meantime, it is more important than ever to ensure we have the correct details for you. I'm very grateful to everyone who has downloaded the Edulink app and activated their account  - close to 600 families now. You can use the app to keep us up to date with any changes in your details. If you haven't received an activation email, please contact [email protected]

Best wishes,

Mr Farmbrough