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  • 22 March 2024 - Letter to Parents


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    22 March 2024

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    I hope that you and your families have had a lovely week. We have just four more days left until the Easter break, with lots to look forward to, such as celebration assemblies, culture day, a house quiz and an interhouse dance competition. We will also be giving out a little reward on Thursday during tutor for those students who attend school all week. Please ensure that your child is in school every day next week so that they don’t miss out! I enjoyed meeting the Year 7 football team this week, who won the quarter finals in the Bristol Boys’ Football League. The semi-final is against Bedminster Down on Thursday 28 March at home.

    Key Dates for Term 4
    • Year 11 Examination Evening – Tuesday 26 March at 6:15pm
    • End of term – Thursday 28 March (usual time)


    Tutor groups with the highest attendance so far this term are 8D1, 7W2 and 9D1 - well done! Who will top the leaderboard for the term? Lessons continue as normal right up until the end of term so please ensure your child(ren) are in for every school day next week. Term 5 starts at 8.20am on Tuesday 16 April, as Monday 15 is an INSET day. We really look forward to welcoming students back after the break, but as always, if there are any issues that we can support with, please get in touch with the Pastoral Manager or Head of Year at the start of next term.

    Key Stage 3 Updates

    Celebration assemblies are taking place next week. A large number of our Key Stage 3 students will be receiving certificates as a result of their excellent performance and attendance. Please reserve a space on the fridge door for their certificates – we know how much these rewards mean to the students. In the next two terms we have much to look forward to including a Year 9 trip to Morfa Bay and a Year 7 Activity Day.

    Key Stage 4 Updates


    We are looking forward to seeing Year 11 parents/carers on Tuesday 26 March at 6:15pm, for our Year 11 Parent Exam Information Evening. This will include an updated report on progress from staff.

    Year 10 reports will be issued during the Easter break, with an update on Current Working Grades and Attitude to Learning.

    Breakfast Club Update

    Each morning the school offers a breakfast club, between 8.00-8.20am. This is free of charge and includes porridge and now toast. On Fridays, students can enjoy a bacon roll or beans on toast, too.

    Primary Wing Refurbishment Update

    As you are aware, an area of our school which was previously used by Filton Avenue Primary School is being converted back for secondary school use. This is now entering its final phase, and for a few weeks, some classes will relocate so that the works can be completed. Our Business Manager, Mr Lloyd, will be letting students know of the plans via tutor notices and will ensure that the SEND team notifies students who may need additional notice and preparation for the temporary change. All have been made aware in assemblies by the pastoral team, too. We are excited to have new classrooms and toilets in this area of the school and will share photos with you when the works are complete, as we did after the toilet refurbishment in the summer.
    The second phase will start on the ground floor over the Easter break. Once all works have been completed, estimated to be mid-May, the wing will have 4 new classrooms a new Science Laboratory, fully refurbished classrooms, meeting rooms, year group offices and new toilets.

    Culture Day

    Thursday 28 March is Culture Day in school. Please look out for a separate letter emailed to you with full details. We’re looking forward to staff and students wearing cultural dress or wearing the colours of any world flag if they wish. There will be special music, food and Tutor Time activities for students to enjoy.


    Self-Harm Guidance – Young Minds
    Self-Harm is a significant issue among young people. The causes behind self-harm can come from many places; sometimes it's a reaction to difficult emotions but in other cases, it can be related to poor self-worth and self-confidence. In any case it is not only a traumatic practice for many, but also physically dangerous. Attempts at self-harm can sadly result in unforeseen injuries that may take years to heal and produce life-long mental and bodily scars. To find out more about self-harm and how to deal with it with young people, please follow the link below:

    Community Information

    Community Iftar
    Thanks to all who attended Orchard’s Iftar event last night. We were really proud of the students who took part by speaking, helping to prepare food and greet visitors on the night. It was fantastic to welcome so many families into school. Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim community.

    Looking ahead to Easter holiday activities, there are some suggestions of activities around Bristol on this blog.

    Life Cycle are also running Easter holiday Bikeability workshops for young people.

    Wishing you a restful weekend.

    Melanie Sweet, Headteacher