A Letter From The Headteacher

Dear all,

I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well

Another term has come to an end and a new one begins in extraordinary circumstances for each and every one of us. As we move into the last term of this academic year, it has been a very busy time for Churchmead.

At the beginning of lockdown, we set about turning Churchmead into a virtual school in a very short space of time. I am delighted to say, many weeks on, this has been a very successful provision. We have also been open to key workers children and continue to educate them safely on site.

It has been great to hear how our students have fully engaged with their lessons and have produced some amazing work. Our school values of Courage, Compassion and Commitment continue to shine through, and regular updates are posted on our social media pages.

A small taste of just some of the work our students have completed: Year 9 Engineering and Catering have finished their unit of Architectural Engineering; Year 9 and 10 Hospitality created wonderful ‘Quarantine Cuisine’ recipes to try out at home; Geography students have been studying the Tropical Rainforest and comparing Flooding events throughout the world. Year 7 were treated to a virtual tour of The Smithsonian Natural History Museum during Science lessons and completed a scavenger hunt. The Languages department have been very busy engaging with their students in a variety of enjoyable topics; KS3 students have produced some incredibly uplifting and inspiring work online in their virtual tutor times. They reflected on the topics of compassion, healing and hope, delivering some beautiful poetry and art.

Students and staff have also been having some fun engaging in a little dancing! To celebrate International Dance Day our Performing Arts students, their families and staff created a very rhythmic video which can be seen on our social media channels.

We have continued to celebrate the good work and achievements with sending out Headteacher Awards to students who have showed outstanding commitment to online learning. Congratulations to them.

The Bishop of Oxford recently held a virtual school assembly for all schools in the Oxford area in which students from Churchmead were part of the livestream presentation that was shared across the region. It was great to see our students shining their light into our community of schools.

At the time of writing and with the Government messages ever changing, we are now looking at our Year 10 provision and how their return to school will look. There is lots of planning going on in the background and we hope to welcome them back into school for some face to face lessons soon.

We have had an amazing response from our Year 10 students for the positions of Headgirl, Headboy and Senior Prefects. Online interviews are taking place during the month of June. We very much look forward to announcing the new team who will take the reins in Year 11 in September

Which brings me on to this year’s Year 11. It has been a strange ending for this cohort due to lockdown but I would like to thank them all for being such a wonderful  group and for leading the school over this last year. We very much look forward to meeting them again in the near future and celebrating all they have achieved.

God bless.

With kindest regards

Chris Tomes

Headteacher