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Headteacher’s Blog

Clarity – the next few weeks

We now have some clarity about how the next few weeks are going to be shaped. It looks at the moment as though the vast majority of secondary children will not be returning to school until September. The only exception is for Year 10. The aim for Year 10 is for them to have “some time with their teachers to supplement the distance learning” before the end of the Summer term. We await further guidance and instruction as to when that will be and what it will look like – I will of course let you know as soon as we have further information. Please do keep regular checks on the website, where the most accurate and timely information can be found.

With the prospect of several more weeks of distance learning, it is even more vital that all students engage with the work being set. I want to reassure parents again that you are doing a great job! We have noticed higher levels of engagement with the work and many Year 10 students clearly valued the “live” online lessons being provided. Teachers have reported how much they have enjoyed “seeing” their students again and the interaction has been really appreciated because it has brought a very small taste of (albeit virtual) normality.

I would also like to thank all those Year 10 students who responded to our feedback questionnaire; the feedback has been very positive and has helped us to shape future learning. This feedback has really made it clear that the “live” lessons have helped the majority of students and we certainly intend to continue with them. I would urge students to make “attendance” at these lessons a priority if at all possible, though of course we recognise that this may not be possible due to individual family circumstances.

One extra piece of contact that we also believe to be important is between the students and their form tutors. From this week, form tutors will begin making telephone calls to the students in their forms. The relationship between the form tutor and students is absolutely central to everything that we do and we think that this is a good way of keeping that relationship alive during this extended closure. Again, it’s a small taste of normality in such challenging circumstances. Good for learning but also, I think, good for everyone’s mental health and well-being.

Finally, please be aware that “Show My Homework” has rebranded itself as “satchel:one”. Apparently, this has caused some confusion. Please don’t worry – it is a renaming only and the content shouldn’t be affected. Please do let us know if you need some supprt with distance learning, either through contact with your child’s Head of Year or through the dedicated address. Feedback from parents who have contacted us in this way is very positive and we aim to help as much as we can. In the meantime, stay safe and well.

satchel:one – Show My Homework

Information for Students

To see your links to Satchel One 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 ‘Satchel One’ 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 ‘Satchel One’ 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.