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Letters

Headteacher’s Letter Monday 7th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers Between us all, we seem to have started the term really well. In broad terms, the zones across the school are working and everyone appears to have got the hang of it pretty quickly. However, we continue to learn a little more each day about what …

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Headteacher’s letter 27 August 2020

Dear Parents and Carers I hope this final week is going to plan – whether that is catching a few final days together as a family or simply getting everything ready for next week. You may recall that I wrote to you last week andcommitted to setting out more information …

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Headteacher’s letter 17 July 2020

Friday 17 July 2020 Dear Students For most of you, this is your last day of term – but please spare a thought for those GCSE, BTEC and A level students of Geography and PE who will be coming in next week. My hope is that this letter will be …

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Headteacher’s letter 21 August 2020

Friday 21 August 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Welcome back as we step-up preparations for the start of a new term and year. I do hope that you have had a great rest and break and that your children are increasingly eager, if not desperate, to get back to school. …

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Headteacher’s letter 13 July 2020

Monday 13 July 2020 Dear Parents and Carers In the past week, there has been a great deal of work ‘behind the scenes’ to put flesh on the bones of our plans to fully reopen the school to all students in September. I expect to write to your children (and …

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Headteacher’s letter 6 July 2020

Monday 6 July 2020 Dear Parents and Carers As we enter the final two weeks of the summer term, it continues to be business as usual in terms of both the provision / completion of home learning and the continued on-site provision for Year 10 and 12 students. You will …

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Headteacher’s letter 29 June 2020

Monday 29 June 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Welcome back to a new school week. I hope your weekend was restful and that you managed to enjoy those patches of summer weather between the various showers and downfalls. You may recall that I used last week’s letter to look ahead …

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Headteacher’s letter 22 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers This week: focusing on the future As the reopening for Year 10 and 12 students gets underway, with mentoring conversations this week and lessons next, I feel able to step aside from the day-to-day operational work of the school and look towards the future. I hope …

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Headteacher’s letter 15 June 2020

Monday 15 June 2020 Dear Parents and Carers It is another bumper letter but it is an exciting one because I can finally move our focus to reopening and the gradual return of normality. I shall do my best to set this letter out in a logical order and try …

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Headteacher’s letter 8 June 2020

Monday 8 June 2020 Dear Parents and Carers I hope this letter finds you all well and that the sudden turn in the weather did not put too much of a dampener on the first week back after half term. Reopening Feedback from Year 10 and Year 12 Families Since …

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Headteacher’s letter 1 June 2020

Monday 1 June 2020 Dear Parents and Carers I hope that the half term break was refreshing in every respect and that the resumption of home learning, including our A Level bridging courses, is going well this morning. With things being so busy in every household right now, I am …

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Headteacher’s letter 18 May 2020

Monday, 18 May 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Staggered Reopening of Schools in England Following the Prime Minister’s statement last Sunday, there has been a great deal of information circulated regarding the eventual reopening of schools. It appears logical and reasonable for secondary schools to begin that process with those …

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Headteacher’s letter 11 May 2020

Monday 11 May 2020 Dear Parents, Carers and Students VE Day Celebrations And so, how did Friday go in your home or street? The added poignancy of the lockdown clearly intensified the dignity with which the nation remembered those brave men and women who fought for our liberty. There was …

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Headteacher’s letter 4 May 2020

Monday May The Fourth Be With You 2020 Dear Parents and Carers School Closure Update Like you, I am sure that over the weekend you heard, read or watched a great deal of discussion and speculation about the timing and manner of how the national lockdown might be eased in …

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Headteacher’s letter 27 April 2020

Monday 27 April 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Hart of Gold In amongst the inspirational stories of fundraising altruists, you may have noticed one of our Year 11 students doing her bit for the NHS. Issy cycled over 100 miles in order to raise £2000+ for NHS Charities Together after …

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Headteacher’s letter 20 April 2020

Monday 20 April 2020 Dear Parents and Carers WELCOME BACK I hope that this letter finds you well and managing the various demands on your lives, including the resumption of home learning this week. Having spent several hours with my daughter on her work today, I was again reminded of …

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Headteacher’s newsletter 30 March 2020

Monday 30 March 2020 Dear Parents and Carers I hope this letter finds you all well and managing the various new demands and pressures. The Goldilocks Zone – Not Too Much and Not Too Little? We hope the letters sent to you in the past week were helpful. We also …

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Headteacher’s letter 23 March 2020

Monday 23 March 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Keeping You Updated We shall do our very best to strike the right balance between keeping you informed and overwhelming you with information from the school. Our plan is that we shall issue a whole school letter on most days as follows: …

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Headteacher’s letter 20 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers Years 11 and Year 13 Celebration Day It is too early to compose anything vaguely coherent about today. Our Year 11s were just brilliant – stoic and happy to have had a day to celebrate their school lives together. We do not quite know how or …

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Headteacher’s letter 19 March 2020

19 March 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Years 11 and Year 13 Celebration Day Our Year 11s and Year 13s have been so brilliant today and plans are now in place for a great day tomorrow. I understand that we shall be visited by ‘The Star Chip Enterprise’! Jeans for …

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Headteacher’s letter 18 March 2020

18 March 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Coronavirus Update 7 This has of course been a very significant day. Please forgive the lengthy letter that now follows. Which Children Should Go To School on Thursday and Friday?  Your son or daughter should attend school for the remainder of this …

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Headteacher’s letter 16 March 2020

16 March 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Coronavirus Update 6 Updated Self-Isolation Advice: You will be aware that the updated advice released this evening is that an entire household should self-isolate for 14 days should one or more members of that household develop a new continuous cough and / or …

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Headteacher’s letter 13 March 2020

13 March 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Coronavirus Update 5 There are again no substantial updates to provide families with today. It is a relief that three weeks have now passed since our students and staff returned from Italy and none of our returning skiers have tested positive for the …

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Headteacher’s letter 9 March 2020

Monday 9 March 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Coronavirus Update 4 There are no substantial updates to provide families with today. Please be assured that we are watching the situation with great care and have contingencies in place that would be actioned in the event of any changes in the advice …

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Headteacher’s letter 2 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers Coronavirus Update 3 We have all read and seen a lot about the virus in the news over the weekend. I am pleased to confirm that none of the students or staff who visited northern Italy during the February half term have tested positive for the …

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Headteacher’s letter 27 January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers Despite the Christmas rest, we continue to note usually higher level of sickness amongst students with previously great attendance. We hope they all have speedy recoveries and thank parents for their contact with us each morning of absence. There appear to be an unusually high number …

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Headteacher’s letter 13 January 2020

Monday 13 January 2020 Dear Parents and Carers Welcome back to the new term. We hope you all had a really restful and refreshing holiday – which of course seems so long ago already. The first week back went really smoothly and very calmly here, and reflects a growing feeling …

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Headteacher’s letter 19 December 2019

Thursday 19 December 2019 Dear Parents and Carers Wow, another term has gone by in a flash! In the last few weeks alone we’ve been so busy with Year 11 mocks, Christmas shopping trips abroad, two major carol services and of course the Christmas Fayre a few weeks back, which …

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Headteacher’s letter 4 December 2019

Dear Parents and Carers NOTICE OF A CHANGE TO THE SCHOOL CALENDAR The Governing Body have agreed to a proposal to bring forward the date of the next INSET Day from Friday 3 July 2020 to Monday 6 January 2020. This will mean that all students will now return to …

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Headteacher’s Letter 2 December 2019

Dear Parents and Carers This week I wish to draw your attention to the forthcoming Celebration Assemblies but would like to begin with some great news regarding generous support from a local company.  Owen Mumford Ltd In 2014, CNS received £10,000 from Owen Mumford Ltd to provide a laser cutter so …

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Headteacher’s Letter 18 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Welcome back again to another newsletter that will begin with a few short notices from myself and raise awareness of activities that are taking place in our community. The first being the Santa Fun Run organised by one of our sponsored CNS charities – Katherine House …

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Headteacher’s letter 11 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers National Anti-Bullying Week – 11- 19 November 2019 Once per year, all schools across the country come together to focus on how we can reduce or even eradicate bullying. Bullying is often the most terrible experience in a child’s life and can turn a happy-go-lucky individual …

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Headteacher’s letter 4 November 2019

Monday 4 November 2019 Dear Parents and Carers Fundraising Day for THRIVE – Thursday 24 October 2019 Once again we have been thrilled by the response of students to the first of our four planned fundraising days for local charities. We shall be sending off a cheque for £1000 to …

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Headteacher’s letter 14 October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Non-Uniform Days – Showing Character Between us we raised £1552.57 on the day for Anna. We shall be forwarding those voluntary donations to the Just Giving page this week. This is more than we’ve ever raised on a single day. We have our first planned non-uniform …

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Headteacher’s letter 30 September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Additional Non Uniform Day – Friday 11th October 2019 Last week I learned of a local child called Anna Drysdale. Anna is in Year 4, attends Holy Trinity Primary School and is bravely fighting Osteosarcoma bone cancer. The little girl has a sister with us here …

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Headteacher’s letter 23 September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Open Evening Reminder – Early Closure Our annual Open Evening takes place on Thursday 3 October 2019, between 5pm and 8pm. We hope that as many students as possible will be there to participate in activities to be our guides. Meanwhile, please don’t forget that the …

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Headteacher’s letter 9 September 2019

Monday 9 September 2019 Dear Parents and Carers Welcome back to a brand new year It seems much longer than a week ago that we began to crank the school back up to full speed with the return of all staff and then students last week. It has been an …

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Headteachers Report to Parents and Carers July 2019

Headteacher’s Report to Parents and Carers July 2019 As my first year at Chipping Norton School draws to a close, it is a useful opportunity to summarise the work at our school over the past academic year. Once I completed this I realised that it was a bit too long …

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Head’s Letter 22 July

Monday 22 July 2019 Dear Parents and Carers Macbeth at Blenheim Palace – Friday 19 July 2019 How fitting that another trip left CNS last week; this time taking Year 10s to see Macbeth on the final two days of term. Their conduct and engagement was again impeccable and we …

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Head’s Letter 15 July

Monday 15 July 2019 Dear Parents and Carers Non Uniform Days – Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 July 2019 After a bit of lobbying from students, we have agreed to allow all students to wear non-school uniform on the final two days of term. We shall be inviting those who …

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Head’s letter 24 June

Monday 24 June 2019 Dear Parents and Carers Exams are over … Almost! It is impossible to try and summarise the emotions experienced by our students in Years 11 and 13 as they placed the last full stop on their final examination paper. They are the generation that have sat …

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Head’s letter10 June 2019

Monday 10 June 2019 Dear Parents and Carers Good luck and keep going… It’s worth beginning by acknowledging the pressure our Year 11 and Year 13 students are under right now – but the light at the end of the tunnel can be seen. It is clear that there are …

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Head’s letter 13 May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Farewell and Good Luck to Year 11 and Year 13 Last Friday our Year 11s enjoyed their final assembly (opposite) with Mr Parker and what we hope was a memorable day. As in all schools, they are emotional days with feelings that whilst nothing will ever …

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Head’s letter 1 May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Welcome back to the summer term. We hope students in Years 11 and 13, in particular, used their Easter breaks successfully and we were delighted with the numbers who joined our Easter revision booster sessions over the holiday. Thank you to my colleagues who gave up …

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Head’s letter 1 April

Dear Parents and Carers Approaching the Final Straight Traditionally, students in Year 11 and Year 13 tended to begin their revision in earnest in April and devote most of their Easter holidays to that end. Things have changed in this school and most others as we have aimed to better …

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Head’s letter 18 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Over the past six weeks we’ve been very busy listening to families and students regarding many aspects of life at CNS. The uniform consultation is now over and a summary of the final recommendations appears below. In addition, we have been asking the students about many …

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Head’s letter 4 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers European Visits It’s been a busy time in Europe these past few days and by that I am not referring to Brexit. Over half-term Mr Johnson, Mrs du Crôs and Mr Hopkins led another successful ski trip; this time to Zell-am-See in Austria. They enjoyed it …

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Head’s Letter 15 February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Things look slightly different with this week’s letter. We hope that you like the new school badge and its combination of old and new. You will note how the iconic bell tower has been retained and how our established houses, named after local rivers, have been …

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Head’s Letter 04 February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Global Presence Since my last newsletter we have hosted 5 teachers and 35 students from China. I wish to thank my own colleagues for being so welcoming and to Mrs Brocklebank in particular for agreeing to organise our Chinese visitors and their Oxfordshire hosts. 45 of …

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Head’s Letter 21 January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Late Buses Now Running Late buses are now provided every day except Fridays, leaving our site at approximately 4:20pm. Students in all year groups are able to sign up in the normal way and we hope this will enable Year 11 and 13 students to attend …

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