Headteacher’s Weekly Message

I hope that everyone is keeping well and continuing to abide by the Government’s restrictions, even as some of those restrictions are starting to be eased. It is really important that everybody continues to social distance, washes their hands regularly and is sensible in all that they do.

Following the Prime Minister’s statement last week and the
on-going media speculation around the re-opening of schools, which will doubtlessly continue for some time yet, in the short-term nothing has changed and we will, for the time being, continue with the new routine of remote learning that the staff and students have established.

As a result we are running a series of planning sessions to look at how we increase our support for Year 10 students and will write to Year 10 families with an update next week. We are also in the process of sourcing additional Chromebooks and routers for families who need these. For Year 9 students it is our intention to move them to their GCSE options subjects from half term in order that they have the opportunity to complete preparatory work in their GCSE subjects ahead of September. More to follow on this in due course.

6Cs Challenge

The 6Cs Challenges have been a huge success and it is great to see so many students and staff taking part. Last week was the Bake Off; we had the Design Challenge over the weekend and today we are launching our final 6C Challenge the Robot Challenge. I am looking forward to receiving your entries!

As we approach half-term please continue to log into all of your Google Classrooms and engage with your teacher as you complete the work set.

It is also really important that you keep in weekly contact with your form tutor and have some fun completing the challenges and catching-up virtually with your friends from school.
Enjoy the sunshine, stay safe and stay well.

Careful preparations have now been completed for the return of our Year 10 students. Rooms have been rearranged, hallways measured out and deep cleaning completed. Teachers and staff are planned and prepared and now eagerly await our first Year 10 students returning through the door.

I have had the privilege to spend both Wednesday and Friday in school this week. My time on Wednesday was used primarily to meet with colleagues and sadly only allowed very brief interactions with students. I would like to share how impressed I was with the studious and independent learning skills displayed by our students when working on their set work. They spoke to me with enthusiasm about their learning and in particular the extra-curricular opportunities in which they are able to participate. Students expressed their gratitude at being able to come to a school with such “great outside space”; they told me how lucky they feel to have school with good facilities. A Year 7 student was able to discuss how much he has enjoyed the variety of subjects he has been able to learn since joining SET Beccles. Many other students, when asked what they think is special about our school, mention both their enjoyment at learning in the classroom and how supported they feel with their work.

Following conversations with both students and colleagues, I look forward to being able to see the full range of enrichment activities on offer to students once school resumes its normal routines. At SET Beccles we will continue to reflect on our academic curriculum ensuring it offers our students the challenge and breadth they deserve. However, I believe that enrichment opportunities are key to developing a wide range of lifelong skills which are essential for success beyond the school environment.

The Year 6 Transition event on Wednesday 17 June offers my first opportunity to introduce myself to the wider community at SET Beccles. I hope many of our new and existing families, with children entering Year 7 in September, will be able to join our Facebook live transition evening. I am very grateful to Mr Craft and his team for organising this event, which I hope will offer clarity around our plans and expectations for September.

Mrs H Philpott
Head of School