Headteacher’s Letter to Parents/Carers

22 September 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

Thank you for supporting a positive prompt return to the academic year 2021-22.  We were delighted to welcome the students to their learning after the initial testing for COVID-19 and we are grateful for your support with this.

We have a definite focus to return to our core purpose to ‘Achieve Excellence’ for all students.  We want students to achieve more than they first thought possible and provide enrichment activities that will introduce our young people to new experiences and the opportunity to socialise and make friends.  Students have responded well to our expectations and have adopted positive attitudes.

We have made it very clear to students that we expect them to be Ready, Respectful and Safe to learn and that using every minute for learning is essential for a successful future.  We expect students to meet the high standards and expectations that we set, and these were reiterated to all students in the Whole College Assembly last week.  At the assembly we thanked the students for their hard work and patience during the period of COVID-19 and praised them for their resilience.  The hard work of students during lockdown contributed to excellent public examination results and we congratulate the Year 10 Early Entry students and Year 11 students who have successfully enrolled on Apprenticeships and Level 3 courses at College.

We have welcomed new staff to the College.  Mrs Williams, Mrs Hancock, Mr Salmon and Miss Pickering to the Special Needs Department, Mr Faulkner to IT, Miss Head to Student Support Services, Miss Price and Miss Findlay join the English Department, Miss Philpot joins Geography, Mr Wild and Miss Consolmagno MFL, Miss Bates Science and Mr Ware, Mrs Waites, Mr Lewis and Mr Seddon the Mathematics Department.  We wish all new staff an enjoyable time at the College working with our students.

Class Charts and Firefly

Class Charts provides you as parents and carers with up-to-date information on your child’s performance and behaviour. Usage and feedback from parents indicate this to be a useful avenue to ensure that the partnership between College, child and parents is one that fosters a productive education for your child.

Firefly is the learning platform where blended learning activities and resources are to be found along with other useful information.

We encourage all our parents to use these platforms to monitor your child’s education and progress.

Official Opening of New Artificial Football Pitch

This evening we officially open the new Artificial Football Pitch.  We are grateful for the support we have received from East Hampshire County Council, The Football Foundation, Horndean Hawks FC, Clanfield FC, Horndean Youth FC and Havant and Waterlooville FC.  We are delighted to welcome Kieron Freeman and George Hirst, Portsmouth FC players to officially open the new facility for the College and Community.

Open Evening 30 September 6.00-8.30pm

The Open Evening is an opportunity to present the outstanding education that we provide at HTC.  A letter has been sent to parents outlining that on Thursday 30 September the College will close to all students at 11.55am.  We are very grateful to all those parents and students who support this key event in the calendar.

Professional Learning (INSET) 

Friday 1 October is a Professional Learning Day for staff and the College is closed to all students.  Students return to College on Monday 4 October and it is a Week 2.

COVID-19 Update

At the current time we are being asked that students use the LFD test twice a week, register it on the NHS website and report negative results to their Form Tutor on Monday and Thursday.  If the result is positive please book a PCR test locally and inform Student Support Services, your child should not attend College until the PCR result is returned as negative or the period of isolation finishes.  For those students who are required to self-isolate they can access the blended learning via Firefly.

The College is no longer required to track and trace close contacts and only the person who has a positive PCR test must remain in isolation.  Advice on home testing beyond the end of the month has not yet been received from Government.

The vaccination programme for 12–16-year-old students is planned for this term and we have nominally been given three dates in November.  Students who are 11 will not be part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme but will receive the flu nasal spray.  Further information will follow with the associated consent forms.  The link below provides useful information for parents ahead of the vaccinations.  The SAIS (School Aged Immunisation Service) will be the primary provider of the vaccination programme for healthy 12-16-year-olds and will be legally responsible for the delivery of the vaccine.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1019020/PHE_12073_COVID-19_parents_leaflet.pdf

Thank you for reading this letter.  If you have any questions about your child’s education please contact the Form Tutor, Class Teacher or Year Leader who will be pleased to support you.  A successful education is a partnership between child, home and College and we pride ourselves on the care and support that we provide.  If you have any suggestions about what we do then we would be happy to receive them, or you could join the Parent Forum whose first meeting is on Thursday 7 October at 6.30pm.  Next month we will be advertising for parents to join the Governing Body, being a Governor provides a unique opportunity to oversee the leadership and management of the College, bring your experience to the forum and take responsibility for young people’s education.

We aim for all our students this year to have a very successful education, full attendance and being Ready to Learn are essential components.  We thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely
Mrs J A Summerfield
Headteacher