Engage and Engage Plus – Update

Friday 26 November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

At the start of the year, we began a new initiative called “Engage”, which extended the school day for all students until 3:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday. This was designed to help students catch up on some of the education and experiences they have missed over the last two years, with national lockdowns and school closures. It also gave Year 10 and 11 students more time for English and Science, and for Key Stage 3, it provided a range of activities and opportunities that they could take part in. Two weeks ago, we cancelled the sessions for a period of time due to staff absence. During this time, we have had the chance to collect some staff and student feedback on the Engage programme, as well as explore other ideas and strategies that will help students make progress and succeed.

Moving forward, the Engage programme of after school lessons and sessions will stop and this is for one, clear reason. Instead of the Engage programme, we will have an extensive tutoring programme for students of all ages, which will start in January. These tutoring sessions will be in small groups, with no more than 3 students with a teacher/tutor. These lessons/sessions will take place after school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for 1 hour and they will run for a total of 15 hours, over a number of days and weeks. This is a government funded initiative that will give lots of students the chance to have a higher level of support in their learning.

From Monday 29 November, lessons will finish at 2:30pm every day. Extra-curricular activities can still go ahead and we will send out more information in January for the tutoring sessions. For Year 10 and 11 students, there will be some timetable changes in January, to make sure they are getting all the time they need in the core subjects of English and Science.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Yours sincerely,

Mr B Kelly

Executive Headteacher