Weekly News

Monday 13th September

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

Welcome to the weekly update for the third week of the Autumn Term 2021. 

Part of our whole school assemblies last week focused on the benefits of a new beginning. Using the mythological example of the phoenix rising from the ashes, students were challenged to embrace the ‘new normal’ by coming back smarter, stronger and more powerful. To this end, we have introduced a series of ‘learning modes’ in lessons:

  • Quiet voices;

  • Silent work;

  • Listening positions and hands up;

  • Pair and group work.

Staff will be using these across the school, in lessons and assemblies,  to support our embedding of routines now that year group bubbles have been removed. Please ask your child about these and the icons which staff will be using on their lesson slides.

Open Evening: for transfer to Lampton in September 2022 takes place on Wednesday 13th October. We are intending to hold this as a face-to-face event. School will close at lunchtime that day for students with a late start on Thursday 14th October. More details will be shared via this update in the coming weeks.

End of the school day and uniform: we have now reverted back to using the main gate at the end of the school day at 3.10pm. Please remind your child that they should vacate the area of the school as quickly as possible and that full school uniform must be worn on the way to and from school - this includes blazers.

School Production 2022: I am pleased to announce that auditions for the school musical, Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’, are taking place next week on 22nd and 24th September. More details from Ms Bowater (Head of Performing Arts)

INSET Day: school will be closed for students on Thursday 23rd September due to staff INSET.

With best wishes for the week ahead,

Stephen Davis

Water fountains: 

As you may know the water fountains were taken out of use at the start of the Covid pandemic as a virus prevention measure. They have since been cleaned and ready for use, and all eight external fountains around the site are now back in use for students before and after school, and during break and lunch. We encourage all students to bring to school a clear plastic bottle, and students are allowed to drink water during lessons to stay hydrated.

Safeguarding focus: 

Everyone has different eating habits. But if you’re worried about your child’s relationship with food or their body, it might be worth looking for some support.

If your child’s eating habits negatively affect their everyday life, they may have an eating disorder. This is when someone uses food to cope with certain situations or feelings. Teenagers between 13 and 17 are most at risk, but anyone can have an eating disorder.

It can be helpful to know the signs and what to do if you’re worried about your child.

Read more: https://parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/mental-health-wellbeing/self-esteem/child-eating-habits-disorder/ or for further information or support please contact the school’s Safeguarding team safeguarding@lampton.org.uk or visit the Safeguarding section of the website.

Canteen - New Menus: 

Our amazing new dining space is now open for break and lunch and is the perfect venue for serving our delicious food. The new bi weekly menus can be found on this page on the website and includes the prices of all food items.

https://www.lampton.org.uk/794/catering-nutrition

For pupils to take advantage of this provision they do need for funds to be placed on their parentpay accounts. If your child benefits from Free School Meals then they can purchase a hot main meal for £2.20 at lunch.

Lateness to school: 

Being punctual is a vital life skill and we wish to develop this habit at Lampton. Students need to arrive in school for 8.30 so that they are registered on time. If a student arrives Late their name will be taken at the school gate and they have to report to a member of senior staff the next morning in the old dining hall at 8.30am. If they fail to arrive they will be placed in community service.

Lateness to lessons:

Being punctual is a vital life skill and missing the start of lessons impacts on students' learning and progress. If a student arrives late to a lesson without a legitimate reason the member of staff will record the number of minutes the student was late. When a student exceeds 20 minutes of lateness in a half term they will be kept behind to catch up the number of minutes they have been late. This sanction will be on Tuesday after school in room 27 and run by senior members of staff.

 

 

Week 1 - Wednesday 1st September

Wednesday 1st September 2021

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

Welcome to the first update of the new school term. I trust that you have all had a good holiday and are refreshed and ready for the term ahead.

Based on your feedback, we will be continuing with these weekly updates moving forward and ordinarily they will be published on a Monday afternoon. Today, I have a few updates and reminders for you in advance of pupils returning this week.

  1. Thursday 2nd September: Y7 only will be in school. Registration will take place at 8.40am and pupils should go straight to the main hall for 8.30am.

  2. Friday 3rd September: all year groups will be on site. The day begins with Registration at 8.40am and pupils should arrive on site no later than 8.30am.

On the basis of our Covid experience and feedback from staff, pupils and parents the timings of the school day have been amended. Please see below.

Testing:

All pupils should complete a Lateral Flow Test at home prior to their return. They will have a test on-site beginning with Y7 on Friday 3rd September. Government guidance is that all pupils should continue to test twice weekly at home. More kits will be supplied.

Face coverings: 

These are now no longer required in educational settings. If pupils wish to wear a covering in communal areas or lessons, they may still do so.

Summer School: 

I am very pleased to report that last week’s summer school for our new Y7 was a great success. My thanks to all involved.

New Canteen:

Our new canteen is now in operation! We will give more information about the wider range of food which will now be available for pupils. The facility will make a great difference to the lunchtime experience for our community.

Restricted access to Lampton Avenue:

The access restrictions operating in Lampton Avenue have been resumed and are now permanent. This means that unauthorised vehicles will receive  a penalty charge notice if they enter the School Street zone during the hours of operation. The hours of operation are 8.15am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.45pm. A camera has now been installed at the entrance to Lampton Avenue and unauthorised access fines start at £60. We would encourage all pupils to walk, cycle or use public transport to journey to school.

Thank you for your support and there will be a further update on Monday.

Best wishes,

Stephen Davis

Headteacher

WeeK 2 - Monday 6th September 2021

Monday 6th September 2021

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

Welcome to the weekly update for the second week of the Autumn Term 2021. 

I am pleased to report that pupils have returned well to school and are now settling well back into the new routines of our ‘new normal’. Assemblies last week focused on our expectations with regard to moving around the school site, learning modes in lessons and our new arrangements for staggered break and lunches.

Currently pupils are taking part in lateral flow testing on-site, and must continue to test twice weekly at home. If your child displays any Covid symptoms they must not attend school and complete a PCR test.

Vaccinations are now available for 16 and 17 year olds and these can be accessed at walk-in centres across the borough. Please encourage those eligible to get vaccinated.

I am pleased to report that the new canteen is fully operational and serving a wide range of hot and cold food and snacks. Please remember that the school is cashless and ensure that your child has funds on Parent Pay.

Thank you for your on-going support of the school.

With best wishes for the week ahead,

Stephen Davis

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