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Positive COVID Case on Cherbourg

Dear Year 9 Parent – Cherbourg Campus,

We have just been informed that a student in Year 9 tested positive for COVID on Friday evening. We are trying to ascertain the details and work out who may need to self isolate. We request that all Year 9 students from the Cherbourg Campus do not come into school tomorrow. We will be in contact once we have gathered further advice from Public Health England tomorrow morning.

Many thanks

Mr. Nash
Head of School Cherbourg Campus

Year 11 Information Evening Presentation

Here is the presentation from the year 11 Information Evening:-

GCSE Options Presentation

Dear Parents/ Carers of Year 9 Students,

Please find attached information for this Year’s GCSE Options process.

Video introduction from Mr Topazio – SLT Lead for GCSE Options slides from Video Introduction

A copy of the GCSE Options Booklet 2021 – 2023

The options form will be emailed to parents tomorrow morning (Friday 23rd April) and the deadline for submitting the form is 3pm on Friday 30th April. All forms submitted prior to the deadline will be treated equally with no greater weighting given to submitting the form early. Every effort is made to provide students with their top choices, however due to a variety of reasons this is not always possible.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email.

Kind Regards,

Steve Topazio
SLT Lead for GCSE Options

Year 11 Pop Up Evening

We are hosting a pop up evening for Year 11 and their parents to update you on the latest information about the evidence being used towards GCSE grades and how these will be awarded. We will also update you with the latest position from colleges and also plans for the end of year arrangements for you. Year 11 will be sent a Google Meet link via their email and they will need to use this to join the meeting. Emails from outside of Crestwood will not be able to access the meeting. The event will take place at 6pm on Tuesday the 27th of April.

Year 6 Transition Presentation

We are sorry we cannot hold our welcome meeting in person, but this presentation aims to answer all the questions which we would normally address at this event.

If you do have any questions, emails of the key staff can be found at the end of the video.

School Roof Works

The attached drawings show the proposals for the upgrade of the ‘Mall’ roof, together with the provision of mechanical ventilation to the space and the installation of PV (photovoltaic) panels on the roof.

The works are likely to commence this summer.

Rapid Covid Testing


IMPORTANT – Please register for Crestwood FSM Food Box Delivery

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please complete the Google Form (link here if you wish to participate in the food parcel scheme delivered from Harvest Fine Foods.  If you completed the form in March/April 2020 for Lockdown 1, please re-do the form.  This is to ensure we capture accurate contact information and adhere to GDPR and data protection law.
The food parcel delivery scheme is for students eligible for free school meals.  We feel this is a better way to get food to those children who are entitled, as the food is delivered to the door of your home and you do not need to leave your home.
We are hoping deliveries will commence week beginning 11th January for Cherbourg campus parents and week commencing 18th January for Shakespeare campus parents.  Deliveries will be for 2 weeks at a time.  As per Mrs Dawkins letter of 5th January, we will not be issuing vouchers this term.
Please complete the form by Friday 8th January 2021 by 12 noon at the latest.
If you have any queries, please contact Julia Hughes, Business Manager, at

School Coronavirus Update – 31/12/2020

Dear Parents/Carers, 


I am writing to update you after the Senior Leadership Team met this morning. We are entirely committed to delivering what is right for our school, our community and as you know I will always be honest and transparent where I can. With this in mind, I share with you here the guidance that arrived yesterday evening. This delayed opening was not unexpected and I truly believe it is the right decision for maintaining student, staff and our families safety and well being. 


Whilst some may have political views on schools being used as testing centres, perhaps now is the time to clarify our position. There is an explicit expectation, by the DfE, on ALL secondary schools to undertake the lateral flow testing for COVID routinely for staff and at the start of term for ALL students. This is not something that I, as the Headteacher, can go against. There is no financial incentive for schools to do this testing, but reasonable costs incurred as part of the initiative will be covered by the DfE.


I am truly grateful to my loyal, committed team of staff who have embraced the changes to the start of term arrangements, giving up some of their much needed holiday. I am really pleased to report that we, as ever, are ahead of the process. We have already undertaken significant planning, training and construction work on setting up our systems and procedures to ensure that we are ready to implement mass testing as soon as we receive the tests and further equipment on 4th January 2021.


Within this latest letter you will receive detailed guidance about remote learning planned for the first week of term. As you know we already declared an INSET day on Monday 4th, so learning will commence from Tuesday 5th January. Many of you will have already had a very positive experience of  remote learning  during lockdown 1, but I am also acutely aware that some of our Year 7 families will be worried at something that may be different from their experience at primary schools. Guidance is attached to this email on how to access the learning and also access to devices if you are in difficulty. May I take this opportunity to reinforce that these lessons are not optional and attendance registers are taken for each lesson, as per normal school. Non attendance may see further action being taken. Read more

COVID Update – 30th December 2020

Dear Parent/ Carers, 


I am sure many of you will have seen the news today announcing the delayed opening of secondary schools to all students. You will know that at Crestwood we pride ourselves on being well ahead in the planning but we heard this at the same time as the rest of the country. Therefore, Year 11 are planned to return on the 11th January 2021 and Years 7 to 10 from the 18th.


I have just met virtually with the SLT and we are meeting again tomorrow morning to plan in more detail, when I will endeavour to update you further. We are clear that we can deliver remote learning to ALL students from Tuesday 5th January 2021 and need to stress upon you and for students that this is not optional, with attendance being compulsory as it would be to attend school. If anyone has issues accessing remote learning, then as per previous communication, you should email Further detailed guidance on the timetable and accessing the live lessons will follow tomorrow.


The school will remain open for Critical Worker and Vulnerable students. However I do have a plea to you as parents, in the honest and open manner you have become accustomed to. The deadline for requesting these places has passed as per the letter issued at the end of term. We have staffing considerations to meet now we are remotely educating the entire school from Tuesday 5th January 2021, therefore please do not be offended if your request is refused if you have submitted your request after the deadline. 


Over this holiday period I have seen, first hand, the more virulent strain of COVID and the impact of this as my own daughter and all of her friends were tested positive, despite following guidance. As a result we have been isolating all holiday, with other family members testing positive, quite frankly I have been unnerved by this. As I am currently typing this, watching the latest Downing Street Briefing, it has been stated that this strain of COVID loves a crowd. Schools are crowded places, even with social distancing measures in place, and I would kindly request that if you fulfil the Critical Worker or Vulnerable Child criteria, that if you can have your child at home then please do so for everyone’s safety. We want as few children in school as possible to minimise the risk of any transmission until we get the COVID testing rolled out. If you do not genuinely need the space then please keep your child at home safe from transmission, as whilst many children do not have symptoms, they can come home and pass it to your family. A member of the SLT will be calling you before Monday to discuss your request to ascertain the real need. If after reading this you feel you no longer want the place then please email


With regards to testing, we will be delaying the commencement of this for staff and students to ensure we have the equipment and training required to undertake this huge task. However, we are committed to testing 1250 students and 191 staff by commencement of school for all on the 18th January 2021. Therefore, those Year 10 and 11 students who have received an appointment time for the 5th January 2021 are asked to disregard this and a new slot will be arranged. We continue to aim to test all students in the week of the 5th January 2021 with the second test happening within 3 to 5 days later, but this may be shifted back. Please be alert for any emails with appointment times for your child, as they will be required to come to school for a short period of time for their tests.


I am so sorry that this is all so last minute, yet again, but given the latest statistics regarding transmission rates, particularly with regards to the new variant of the virus, I believe the decision taken today is the right one. I urge you to do your part and keep your children inside and follow at all times the Tier 4 restrictions. One person’s frivolity could mean another’s death, so please be careful and stay safe #Crestwoodfamily.


Yours, as ever, 


Krista Dawkins