Parent Update 10th September 2021

10th September 2021

Dear Parents,


At the end of a successful first week, do pass on to your children how impressed we have been with the focused start to the year. I have really enjoyed touring the school during lessons and seeing how quickly students have got in to good routines and stuck into their learning. 


Lots of information about the start of the year are in Mr Waterfield's email on Wednesday so I won't repeat any messages there. Please do take the time to read it carefully.


Upcoming Event: Years 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 Information Evenings

These will be Wednesday 15th September 18:00-19:00 and taking place online for parents of years 8-12. Look out for an invitation from your child's head of year.


Upcoming Event:  Year 7 Baseline tests

Girls in year 7 will be undertaking various tests during September to help us to ensure that we can identify her strengths and areas for support and development.  All tests that we use are common assessments that are used by many schools as ways of collecting baseline data on incoming pupils.  They cannot be revised for and there is no need to be worried about them.  We will provide all relevant materials.  Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) will take place on Monday, 13th September and Maths and English Access Tests will take place on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd September.  Some individual departments will also hold smaller assessments during their regular lessons.


Upcoming Event: Open Events

We are looking forward to welcoming prospective Year 7 pupils and their families to our Open events on 29th September 2021. We will be holding morning and evening events with opportunities for tours, visiting departments and talking to students and staff. Further information about booking can be found on our website if you have a daughter in Year 4, 5 or 6 and letters will be coming out shortly to existing students about helping with those events. I would like to thank current students and their families in advance for the fantastic support we always receive for these events.

Travel to and from school


Driving by car: Please do all you can not to drop off or pick up your child off right outside the school. We are having issues of congestion, double parking and increased air pollution from idling engines. Please plan with your daughter to pick her up from a safer location further away from the school site, as there is no guarantee you will be able to park next to the school at the end of the school day. This will keep her and others safe and improve the air quality around the school. 


Riding Bikes: We are very pleased by the number of pupils who are choosing to cycle to school. A quick reminder that wearing a helmet will keep them safer.


Escooters: A reminder that these are illegal to ride for anyone without a driving licence and are not allowed on the school site.


Safer travel information: Please find attached a helpful guide to getting to and from St Anne's without using a car.


Information about international travel

As part of a safe and cautious reopening to international travel, the UK government’s travel lists have been updated.

  • international travel to and from the UK has changed – everyone will need to meet a number of new requirements so we can all travel safely and securely
  • before considering any international journey, parents should think carefully about the risks to them, their family, and their community, as well as the impact on their child’s education
  • to prevent new COVID-19 variants from entering the UK, parents and families should not travel to red list countries

Everyone who enters England having visited or transited through a red list country in the ten days before arriving in England must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. If parents are concerned about their ability to pay for managed quarantine, they may be offered a deferred payment planand should call the Corporate Travel Management (CTM) helpline on +44 (0)20 7429 9983.

Have a good weekend!

God Bless

James Rouse


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