This is our first Sandprint of the year and I wanted to take the opportunity to explain how communications will be managed for the foreseeable future.
During lockdown we sent e-mail communications daily to begin with, and then moved to twice weekly. We are very much hoping that now we are back into a school routine, there will be less immediate communications required so plan to revert back to the weekly Friday SandPrint. There may be separate e-mails where specific information is sent out, as we would have done previously.
The DfE have now published updated guidance to schools and also to families on arrangements for this term. The link to the document can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/whatparents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-yearsproviders-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronaviruscovid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-toknow-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges -in-the-autumn-term
There are a few minor adjustments but nothing that has not already been considered by the school or involves a change of plan. I would recommend you take the time to read it when you have a moment.
So far, our new year 7 and 12 students have settled in quickly and are already getting to grips with the oneway system. We welcome 240 year 7 students and 255 year 12, of whom over 80 have joined from other schools. It is lovely to see young people back in school again.
We have not published the usual detail on examination results because of the very different nature of outcomes this year. What I can say is that our students performed incredibly well at both GCSE and A -level, meaning that they are able to progress on to the next stages in their education or employment. With 169 moving on to University, and 24 taking a gap year, our year 13 from last year have finally been able to sort out their lives after the unfortunate change of direction following the issuing of the computer calculated grades. We wish them all the best for the future. The overall results would place Sandringham in the top categories of mixed comprehensive schools in the country if performance tables were run. We should be rightly proud of the achievements of our young people and the exceptional work they put in to their studies up to the point of school closure. Well done everyone!
Finally from me, can I remind you of the significant drive to get everyone travelling to school in a sustainable way. Since most students live locally, then walking or cycling should be the method of travel. There is an exclusion zone around schools, including Sandringham, and if anyone does need to drive then they should park outside this zone (sent to you yesterday) and walk the remainder of the way in.
Whilst this year will be different from previous ones, we will do our very best to make it the usual happy, interesting and inspiring place that it makes Sandringham so special.
Mr A Gray