Thank you everyone for returning to the Virtual Learning this week, all seems to have gone smoothly and everyone is engaging as previously which is great. Well done to the staff too who continue to be incredibly ingenious and creative in their design of virtual lessons.
A few things to report about some of our students this week. Well done to Daisy Rowe in Year 13 on being offered a place to study Musical Theatre at Performers College in September. A significant achievement and testimony to all of Daisy’s hard work. Well done also to Zac Pile in Year 11 for winning his age category in the BBC Young Composer of the Year competition. Zac is a very talented musician and this is totally deserved. Finally, you may have noticed former student, Amy Gibbons who now works for TES who was one of the reporters asking questions to the Secretary of State for Education on the BBC at his briefing on Wednesday afternoon (pictured).
We also heard this week that our boys' tennis team have been pre-selected for the LTA Youth Schools National Championships Finals taking place at Nottingham Tennis Centre in July this year. Four teams have been selected for these finals which include Culford School, Suffolk, Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, Millfield School, Somerset and ourselves. Very elite company indeed and well done to the students and the PE staff.
You will have received details of how students are returning to school from 8th March and we look forward to seeing everyone then. There have been a few questions that have come in and these will be clarified here. Firstly, students will need to come in for their first Covid-19 test in their full school uniform. The reason for this is to help the community know that the young people who are coming to and from school are there for purpose, are a member of Sandringham School and are also easily identifiable if there are any queries from the general public. It is also a good opportunity to check that uniforms are all in good order before returning to school. We are returning to our previous mode of working which includes students wearing their sports kit, or dance kit on days when they have these lessons or after schools activities. This will continue for the rest of this year, as previously communicated.
To conclude, a letter will go out separately today to all of our GCSE/BTEC and A-level students who were due to sit examinations this summer. This explains in detail the process that the school will use in awarding grades for each student this summer. We think we have a very robust and evidence-based system that will support all of our students.
I hope you all have a very good weekend.
Mr A Gray