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Headteacher’s Blog

Sad News

You may well already have heard the sad news that our former Head of Maths, Ian Brannagan, died last Saturday morning following a brave battle with cancer. Having spoken to Lindsay, his wife, I have her permission to pay tribute to him on this blog, as circumstances mean that we cannot pay our respects as a school in the normal ways due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Although Ian had left the school, he was still very much a part of the Freddies family, having taught here for many years. Lindsay tells me that he certainly regarded it as his spiritual home and we certainly regard him as one of our own. Not only did he have many friends on the staff, he was also important to the many hundreds of children he taught and to their parents.

Ian was, first and foremost, a fantastic Maths teacher, who loved classroom teaching. He made a massive difference to those he taught because he combined good teaching with real care for those he taught. It is impossible to measure the size of the impact he had on the young people in his classes over many years and he will be sadly missed. I think it is fair to say that he made Maths enjoyable for generations of children and many will have succeeded against the odds because of his teaching.

He had that same caring attitude in his work as Head of Maths and guided many young teachers through their first steps into successful careers. His enthusiasm for the role and his wise advice helped many to become excellent teachers, making his overall impact even bigger.

The staff at Freddies will also remember his cheerful presence in the staffroom, laughing and joking with colleagues. Certainly, when I think of Ian I always think of him with a smile on his face and I believe that that is how he will be remembered despite the trials of his recent illness.

It is incredibly sad that we as a school can’t gather to celebrate his life due to the situation with Covid-19. I can assure you, however, that at some point in the future there will be a collective recognition of his contribution to the school – we just cannot say when it will be or what form it will take. In the meantime, his wife Lindsay has already embarked upon a mission to raise funds for the Christie Hospital and plans to run a marathon in his name.

I know that Lindsay is finding comfort in the many messages of condolence she has received and we will pass on to her any that we receive from students and parents. I am sure that those whom he taught will have many happy memories that they can share. I am sure that the contributions via Facebook and Twitter will also be gratefully received.

Ian’s untimely death has added to the feeling that we are currently being taught a very clear lesson: Take care of one another and value the time that you share with your loved ones. In the end, nothing else matters.

Keep safe and well over what will be a very strange Easter break.

Show My Homework

Information for Students

To see your links to Show My Homework and more, click here.

Information for Parents

Click logo to set-up with your PIN

If you’ve not already created your account with the Parent Code (PIN) issued to you, please click on the logo above to sign-on with the PIN code included in your invitation e-mail / letter and intialise your account. You will then be able to use the ‘Show My Homework’ App or website to keep up to date with your child’s homework assignments and progress. Please note that the parent account is separate from the account used by students which is for their personal use only.

If you have signed up already, you can log in on any computer or mobile device using your email address and password.

How to log in

Once you have created your account using your parent code (PIN), you can access your account on any device using your email address and password.

On the website

1. Visit our login page
2. Search for our school if not already shown
3. Enter your email address and password
4. Click Log in

On a mobile device

1. Search for our school if not already shown
2. Tap “Login with email or username”
3. Enter your email address and password
4. Tap login

Forgotten your password?

You can quickly reset your password using your registered email address.

Simply click “Forgot password?” on the login page or on the App. Once you have entered your email, a password reset email will be sent to you. Follow the Reset my password link to reset your password and regain access to your account.

See the Parents’ guide to ‘Show My Homework’ as a PDF or for information on how to download the app for your iOS or Android device click here.

Not received your logon details yet? In the meantime, you can view the homework calendar by clicking here, but you’ll need to use the filters at the top of the screen to see just the homework set for specific subjects or classes. (Student names or details are not displayed using this view).

SIMS Online – for Parents

The SIMS Parent App and Online portal will allow you to monitor your child’s progress in school more closely than ever before. You will have immediate access to your child’s attendance and behaviour records and interim reports.

If you haven’t received an invite to use the SIMS App, use this address to apply (click the e-mail address to compose your message)
[You may also click here to fill up a PDF application form, save it and then attach it to the e-mail request.]

To view a letter to parents’ click here, or to obtain more details, click here to move to our dedicated page.

If you are having difficulty logging in to the SIMS App see this FAQ page for further information. Student accounts do not have access to the SIMS Parent App.