Update: Equality & COVID-19

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Dear Parents,

I hope this finds you well, I am writing to update you on a few things. Firstly, thanks to all the year 11s, 6th formers and the staff who have put considerable effort into doing the work, marking, moderating and assembling the evidence folders required for the teacher assessed grades that will lead to students getting their results in August. The process has been difficult and a lot of effort has gone in to getting it right. Good luck to all for results day which will take place as usual in school on 12th August 2021. More to follow re times. We also look forward to seeing you all at the Achievement afternoons.

Equality at Newhaven

I’d also like to thank all the parents and students who took part in our race equality audit. Listening to people’s experiences of racism and their reactions to it have been both heart-breaking and heart-warming in equal measure. We are taking the outcomes forward and using them to inform the school’s race equality action plan which is focussed on improving our curriculum, policies and procedures and the shared experience of all those involved in the school. We are working on becoming more reflective and racially literate ourselves as staff and supporting our students to do the same. A copy of the audit and our updated action plan will soon be available on the school website.

I’d also like to draw your attention to Pride month when we dedicate ourselves to celebrating our LGBTQ+ community at Newhaven and beyond. June was the month of the Stonewall riots that changed gay rights for many in America. It also serves as a reminder to us that while we can celebrate and that we should be proud no matter who we love, there is still excessive homophobia in society and plenty of work to be done. Assembly next week will be on the theme of Pride and how Newhaven as a community does not tolerate homophobia.

Covid 19

Can I also take this opportunity to remind you that students should still be taking non- symptomatic lateral flow tests twice a week. Please err on the side of caution if your child has a cough, temperature or loss of smell or taste and get the a PCR test by booking on line. If anyone in your household has Covid 19 symptoms then the whole household should self-isolate until the person has a negative PCR test result. We have remained Covid free over recent months and the students and school need that to continue as much as possible amongst the slight upturn of cases in the community.

Yours faithfully

Jon Kelly (Headteacher)

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