Open Evening Cancelled

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am very sorry to inform you that I have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel our Open Evenings this week. This is due to the rapid rising cases of Coronavirus in school, both in staff and students.. Currently we have a number of confirmed cases, equally split across both campuses, with a number of additional students waiting on PCR test results.

I feel that in order to keep our staff, students and local community safe, it is my duty and responsibility to cancel the Open Evenings at this moment in time. Inviting large numbers of people who do not usually mix into the school buildings, parts of which are enclosed spaces, would be irresponsible. I know this will be disappointing to many but no more so than my staff and students who are keen to show off our outstanding #Crestwoodfamily to our prospective students and their families. However, my priority has to be the safety of all and keeping the school operational for our current students.Read more

Open Evenings September 2021

Crestwood Community School would like to invite Year 5 and 6 parents and students to attend our Open Evening this September.

You will be able to tour the school and view various classroom activities throughout the evening.

Wednesday 22nd September – Cherbourg Campus, 6.30pm start, Headteacher’s Address 7.00pm
Thursday 23rd September – Shakespeare Campus, 6.30pm start, Headteacher’s Address 7.00pm

Year 11 Information Evening Presentation

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

https://crestwood.hants.sch.uk/content/uploads/2021/04/Y11_Revision_Eve_PPT-Virtual-27_April_2021.pdf

GCSE Options Presentation

Dear Parents/ Carers of Year 9 Students,

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

A copy of the GCSE Options Booklet 2021 – 2023
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yN04YoMpXz44hgm_xe-zqVMcdysrIIhR/view?usp=sharingThe 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.

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.

https://crestwood.hants.sch.uk/content/uploads/2021/01/Crestwood-Community-School-Roof-Works.pdf

Rapid Covid Testing

 

IMPORTANT – Please register for Crestwood FSM Food Box Delivery

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please complete the Google Form (link here https://forms.gle/CyUnJYGpUvtZyZJfA) 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 julia.hughes@crestwood.hants.sch.uk.

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