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23rd July 2021

Dear families,

As we draw to a close the end of yet another highly unusual year, I wanted to write to you to share with you some of this final term’s highlights and achievements and to thank you for your ongoing support.

The pupils across all phases continue to navigate the various changes and adaptations with maturity and cooperation and we are pleased we have been able to achieve so much as a school community, even in the face of challenge and a degree of uncertainty.

Many of our families will have marked Eid this week. Eid Mubarak to all our staff, pupils and families celebrating this week.

Sports Days
Over the last week, we have seen both phases run their sports days, with pupils competing eagerly and spectators supporting enthusiastically. In the Year 5 – Year 11 event, Trueman narrowly beat Tomlinson and the House spirit was evident in all four houses. Particular congratulations to the pupils who successfully broke school records; some Olympians of the future we hope!

School Prom
Additionally, we were grateful to the team of staff who worked tirelessly to ensure that our exiting Year 11 did indeed have a Prom. Although restrictions meant that we were unable to travel to a local hotel as planned, the team – in the space of days – transformed the school into a perfect Prom venue setting the standard and blue print for future years.

Pupils attending celebrated their final night of their school experience, grateful of their time and cherished memories at CMCS. We wish all our leavers the very best for their next steps and look forward to welcoming them into school on the 12th August to collect their GCSE results.

Field trips
We have also been able to run some of our KS4 field trips this half term, seeing pupils across Years 10 and 11 travel to Bridlington and Malham as they complete important aspects of their course work. The weather was kind to all groups (pretty much!) and it was so encouraging to see pupils able to access these opportunities once again.

Carr Manor’s Got Talent
Pupils from all age groups took part in our annual CMGT, and although regrettably we could not welcome a live audience, the videoed performances were of the usual high standard and the school community voted the ‘Primary Phase Mash Up’ as the worthy winners. The Judges Choice Award went to Erin in Year 11 and congratulations to all acts who showed Carr Manor has an abundance of talent!

Summer Events
We are currently running an extensive series of summer schools, trips, transition programmes and intervention over the break for all pupils in all key stages across the through-school. Pupils should have by now received information regarding the activities they are invited to attend and we hope that lots of pupils will be able to take advantage of the programme on offer.

It is the time of year when we sadly say goodbye to some members of staff. Be it leaving to train to be a teacher, travelling back to homes abroad or taking a year out to study to name but a few exciting new opportunities. We wish all our exiting staff the very best wishes for the future and thank you to each and every one for the contribution they have made to our children and our school.

John Fairbank
This term has not been without it challenges and difficulties. We were shocked and saddened at the passing of our staff member John Fairbank. John, who worked with a range of pupils across the school particularly supporting our current Year 10 pupils, was a positive, committed and well-loved member of the school community. We took time to celebrate and remember John together this week as a school community and are proud of the grace and dignity with which so many pupils shared their fond memories of a person who made such a strong contribution in the short but important time he worked with us.

September 2021
As plans for September are yet to be confirmed by the Government in relation to expectations on testing pupils upon return, we have been asked to plan for a broad range of eventualities. Therefore, we have adjusted the start dates for year groups to enable us to respond effectively to guidance when issued. Please see timings below:

Tuesday 7th September – Year 7 and Reception (group 1 only)

Wednesday 8th September – Reception (group 1 and 2), Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11

Thursday 9th September – All pupils

Timing of school day for Year 6 – September 2021
We have a wonderful opportunity as a through school to prepare our Year 6 children for life and learning in Year 7, whilst also making the most of their time with us in the Primary Phase. From September, the children will continue to be taught in both the Primary and Secondary Phases by their Year 6 teachers and Secondary Phase staff, as usual. However, the timing of their school day will alter slightly in line with the Secondary Phase. This means that the school day for Year 6 will start at (on site at 8.20am) 8.30am and finish at 3.00pm every day, thus allowing access to a greater range of opportunities within the through school.

We appreciate the many messages we receive expressing your gratitude and appreciation for the way we work with our children. It is a privilege to work with our young people and we thank you for your ongoing support.

I wish you a peaceful and happy break.

Best wishes

Lucie Lakin