Headlines and Footnotes Autumn Term 2021: October Edition


Hello………and a warm autumnal welcome to the first edition of Headlines for the academic year, particularly for those of you who are new to our school community.

As you can see from the photograph above, we have been enjoying some lovely days over the past few weeks, which has enabled lots of outdoor activities….more of this inside.

We are delighted to be able to say that life at school is very much getting back to normal and we have been able to relax some of the Covid restrictions in our risk assessment. However, we remain cautious about the number of people visiting the school and some of the activities we are offering. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our families back into school and have a couple of dates for your diary inside….so please look out for them!

As ever there is a wide variety of news items to share with you, so sit back, grab a drink and a biscuit and enjoy.

Kiran, Rob and Rob.


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Working With Students


Examinations 2021 and student destinations

We were delighted with the feedback from the exam boards that all our school assessed grades we accepted and that our students achieved the grades they expected. This helped all of our school leavers to go on to the destinations of their choice and once again we were able to help them find pathways od their choosing. These covered a range of options including apprenticeship, employment, further vocational study and university.

Our best wishes go with all of them, and we very much look forward to welcoming them back to school to share their stories of life after Swalcliffe!

In terms of examination for 2021/22 we will keep you fully appraised of the arrangements as soon as we have clarity of what will be expected of us.

Mountain Biking

On Sunday the 3rd of October a group of residential students and staff went to tackle the mountain bike trails of Cannock Chase woods. On arrival, they agreed to start with the easier family trail first to get warmed up. Then after a packed lunch and a breather they were ready to tackle the intermediate trail, which was great fun and included lots of rolling jumps. For the last session of the day, they split into two groups with some students opting to take on the difficult Red route, which included rocky ascents, and the rest building their confidence and riding the intermediate trail again. We finished the day with a well-deserved hot drink from the café. We are now looking forward to the next adventure!


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