Dear Parents and Carers
As we come to the end of another extraordinary year there is much for us to celebrate. Our school community has worked well together to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and our young people have flourished. We are proud of all of our students’ achievements this year and the resilience they have shown through some really difficult times.
We have rearranged their Prom to take place at The Queens Hotel on Friday 10th September. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to celebrate their hard work and achievements this year. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our Year 11s to receive their GCSE results on Thursday 12th August. More information about their Prom and Results Day will follow from Miss Ghose next week.
End of term Celebrations
Although we were unable to go to The Mountbatten Centre for our end of term assembly, we celebrated our students’ successes virtually instead. It was wonderful to see so many students dial in from home! Huge congratulations to all of our award winners and to Temeraire House who are our House Cup winners this year!
As well as ongoing improvements to our site over the summer, I am really excited to share information with you about two building projects we have started this week. With our student numbers continuing to rise year on year, we are now in the position of having to utilise all of the classroom spaces in our school.
Our first major project is the renovation of our lower ground floor which has not been used for a number of years. With significant investment from the local authority and our school, we are creating a bespoke area that will be our new Compass Centre. It will include a kitchen, hair and beauty salon, a classroom and a number of intervention spaces. The scale of the project means this will not be ready for the start of term but we are confident it will be open by October half term at the very latest.
Our other project is the renovation of our Art and Technology classrooms and workshops. This area is being developed to include a photography studio, a new dark room, ceramics studio, kiln rooms and spaces to offer a wider range of Art and Design subjects to support our growing curriculum offer in this area. This will be completed in time for our students return in September.
Finally, early on in the next academic year we are replacing our redundant tennis courts with a brand-new multi-use games area (MUGA). This is a significant financial investment for the school which will give us a 9-a-side football space and tennis/netball courts which will support our PE team to deliver a wider number of sports. We will also be making this new area available for external lettings as we want our facilities to benefit our wider community, too.
We have been reviewing the new government guidance for schools for next academic year now that the nation has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown. I am very pleased to be able to share our plans to return to a new, safer form of normal schooling in September.
We will revert to our normal school timings and will no longer have a staggered start to the day. Our gates will open as normal at 8.30am every day and all students must be in their first lesson by 8.50am. Our strengthened hygiene measures and routines will be maintained. School trips within England and abroad can now resume so we are excited to be launching our new Activities Week booklet in September.
In line with national expectations, anyone with coronavirus symptoms must arrange a PCR test and self-isolate, along with all members of their household, until the results are known. From 16th August 2021, all children, as well as any adults who have had a double vaccination, will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with coronavirus. Instead, children and adults will be contacted by NHS Track and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.
The government has asked all secondary school aged children to complete two on site lateral flow tests 3 days apart before returning to lessons. Over the summer holidays we will be setting up our on-site testing centres again to facilitate this. Our wonderful support staff team will be running our testing centres, helping students to complete their tests.
We will begin testing on Thursday 2nd September across a one-week period, which will work alongside a phased return for students. Year 7 and 11 will now begin school on Thursday 9th September, with all other year groups back in on Friday 10th September. This will help ensure the safety of our school community and lead to a positive start to term.
‘Catch up’ sessions are available for any students who are unable to attend during their scheduled time slot.
A letter containing further details and registration cards will be sent to you next week from Miss Ghose. Remote education tasks will be set for students to complete during the first week. We are well rehearsed in carrying out on-site testing now, so please don’t worry.
Foreign Travel Advice
I am pleased to reiterate the government’s advice regarding foreign travel this summer:
Please ensure any travel plans you have this summer allows sufficient time for quarantine and testing requirements so that it doesn’t impact your child’s return to school in September.
It is the time of year where we say goodbye to some members of staff who are moving on. Mrs Shuttleworth is retiring after 16 years at the school. She is going to be missed hugely by staff and students alike, and I would like to wish her a very healthy and happy retirement. We also say goodbye to Mr Morrison and wish him well in his new job. Mr Lewis, a member of our IT support team, begins University in September and we wish him all the best for the next stage of his education.
Key dates for the Autumn term
Our school calendar, containing all key dates, will be available on our school website to view during the summer holidays. However, some key dates for the first half of the Autumn term are as follows;
Thank you for your continued support this year, but especially during our period of lockdown. As a mother myself, I do not underestimate the challenges of home schooling! Trafalgar School is an incredibly special community and one I am proud to lead every day. My staff and I cannot wait to safely welcome your children back to school in September.
Have a wonderful summer break and please, stay safe.
Portsmouth School Nursing Service continues to provide non-emergency health related advice and support
eg. sleep, bedwetting, healthy weight, soiling, emotional health and wellbeing, additional and long term health conditions.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s health or development then please contact us by
Telephone –03001236629 or Text us on 07491163276
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.