Headteachers Letter 09.10.20

Posted on: 12th October 2020

9th October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we approach the end of week five I wanted to write again to give you an update on life at North Walsham High School. As the last two weeks have gone by the changes made in September are becoming embedded and can be seen and felt around the school site.

Our values of trust, resilience, excellence and kindness are being modelled throughout the school day and I have been incredibly impressed in the way in which students can articulate these values and model them. Our push towards excellence has seen students regularly use their Knowledge Organiser booklets both in and out of school. This is supported by the fact that every lesson at NWHS begins with a Do Now task that retrieves knowledge and is completed in silence. You can find these knowledge organisers on our website and we thank you in advance for your support in ensuring students are using these to complete their home learning


Alongside this the North Walsham Way is being used on a daily basis, and its effect can be seen as students are now into clear routines and understand the expectations we have of them. We revisit this every week in tutor time and continue to discuss the importance of this document at every opportunity. An area of focus at the moment is our equipment checks. These happen every morning and we have the expectation that all students are fully equipped each day, and get this equipment out on their desks at the start of every lesson. This means we reduce any opportunity for learning time to be lost. Our equipment expectations are as follows:


  • Pencil Case
  • Pencil
  • Pen (min x2, blue/black)
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Highlighter
  • Glue stick
  • Scientific calculator (recommended model Casio FX-83GTX)
  • Reading book

To support this, we have opened a not for profit stationery shop each morning in the library from 8.15-8.25am where students can purchase any of these items including replacement KO booklets. This shop will initially be using cash, however, if parents would prefer for it to be placed on Wisepay we can arrange this.

As we approach the colder and darker months of November and December we are reviewing our approach to lunchtimes. After receiving feedback from parents and students we will look to make achange before half term to ensure students can eat their lunches in more comfortable surroundings. However, we will continue to spend time outside and thus it is vital students bring a coat to school.

Alongside this, as the government discusses tighter Covid-19 restrictions, I want to remind parents of the three key following points:

1) If a student or family member has any one of the following symptoms they need to isolate
and seek a test.
a. A high temperature
b. A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or
more coughing episodes in 24 hours
c. A loss or change to sense of smell or taste

2) Please contact the attendance team for each day of absence, regardless of whether the issue is Covid-19 related or not.

3) Please ensure students have signed up to their Google Classroom. This is how work will be set in case of isolation or a local lockdown. These have previously been sent out but if you have any questions please do contact your child’s form tutor.

Finally, as the deadline approaches for Year 6 students to choose their secondary school we have been finding new and creative ways to allow prospective families to learn all about North Walsham High School. I am incredibly proud to be the Headteacher here and of what the school has produced to give families a feel for our school. In particular, you may have seen our “day in the life of a North Walsham High School student”. This can be seen on our social media pages or by following the link

We will be releasing more videos and updates over the coming days so please do keep an eye out and feel free to share widely.

I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for the Wisepay issues some of you may have encountered. We are working closely with Wisepay to resolve the issue and ensure it does not happen again

As always if you have any feedback for us as a school, or wish to discuss anything with me, please do get in contact.

Kind regards

Mr James Gosden

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