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Parent & Carer Newsletter September 2021

By September 2, 2021September 6th, 2021No Comments

Welcome back to the new academic year 2021 to 2022. I hope that you have all had an amazing Summer and stayed safe and well.

We have had a busy Summer not helped by the school being struck by lightning (again) at the start of the break. All faults have been identified and repaired. This was quickly followed by a structural review of the buildings which has highlighted significant work being required to be undertaken over the next year on the main house. There will be disruption because of this, but we are working hard to limit the impact it has for pupils, Farney Close employees, and visitors.

We return from the break with more children and young people on our roll than we have started a new academic year with for many years.

The Primary provision is ready to open and will be welcoming children in from Wednesday 8th September, with them visiting on the days leading up to this.

Sharon (our SENCO) will be located, in the main, on the Primary provision to support the opening of this unit. Alicia joins the team as our Primary school teacher and she will be joined by a TA and HLTA who are all new to Farney.

James Mills joins us as our Head of Education. Initially he will work closely with Ray (VP) but ultimately his main focus will be around ensuring that quality educational opportunities continue to be offered to all of our children and young people.

Personally, I am really looking forward to having a complete Senior Leadership Team so I will have the time and space to get around school more and observe all the wonderful practice that takes place throughout the 24-hour day at FCS.

Unfortunately, Covid is here to stay and it appears that Flu and other illnesses are likely to cause upheaval over the upcoming winter. We have kept ourselves fully up to speed over the Summer and made decisions that we feel best fits our school to keep the children, young people, Farney Close employees and families of all, as safe as we can. Our COVID Risk Assessment has been updated (version 10) and can be found on the intranet and on the school’s website. Please read this document. In brief we will continue to temperature check each day and lateral flow test twice a week whilst encouraging social distancing and face coverings being optional.

Please remember that your family and friends can still order their own tests via the following this link –

Our website has been updated over the Summer and the Children’s COVID questionnaire is located on there and on the intranet. We have also emailed you a copy and ask that you go through this with them prior to the start of term so they know about what we have and have not changed. We will be referring more and more to our three schools – Primary, Secondary and 6th Form.

From a school development prospective the School Self Evaluation Form (SEF), The School Development Plan (SDP) and Priorities list have been reviewed and updated. Alongside this we have undertaken thorough audits of the following legislation with action plans in place to further enhance our practice:

  • Independent Schools Standards (ISS)
  • Ofsted Inspection Framework
  • The National Minimum Standards for Residential Special Schools which is in the process of being updated but not yet published (NMS)
  • Safeguarding
  • Social Care Common Inspection Framework (SCCIF)

Should any of you wish to read either our audits, or the actual legislation, then please do not hesitate to drop me an email and I will send them across to you or post you out a hard copy.

From a practical point of view our Food Technology teacher (Vickie) has left over the Summer break as has our History / RE teacher (Kirsten). Tutors will be teaching PSHE and RE over the week to their tutor groups, this will enable relationships between tutor’s and their tutor groups to be strengthened as well as ensuring some difficult subjects can be discussed with those teachers that know those young people the best. We have a temporary replacement for Vickie and will look to fill this vacancy as soon as possible.

We are very proud of our year 11s (and a year 10s) examination grades this year with the best results for several years. I want to wish my very best to all the year 11s and wish them all the very best for the next path they are about to follow.



As of September 2021, our Directors & Governors are:

Sue Deane (Chair), Carole Johns (Vice Chair), Martin Gibrill, Jenny Bowry, Mark Bennett (Governor), Nicki Bartholomew, Simon Lashley, Sara Hack (Principal), Sharon Radley (Staff Governor), Lester Speed (Staff Governor)


The updated (Sept 2021) Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found on the FC school website. We are happy to supply a hard copy to those that would like one, just give us a call or drop us an email.

Please be reminded that our Safeguarding Team are as follows:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Sara (Principal)

Deputy DSLs Steve (Head of Care) and Becky (School Social Worker),

Extra trained members of the Safeguarding team – Ray (VP), Sharon (SENCO), Sally (School Nurse) and Austin (referrals and Inclusion Officer).

Governor responsible for Safeguarding – Carole Johns.

LADOs – Miriam Williams and Donna Tomlinson (0330 222 6450)



Important Dates:

(C&YP – Children and young people.)


02.09.2021 –Safeguarding training for ALL staff

03.09.2021 – Staff Inset day

06.09.2021 – Children return (Years 7 to 13)

07.09.2021 – Primary children visit.

08.09.2021 – Primary opens

13.09.2021 – Police visiting for day re Keeping Safe (E-Safety, Sexting, Knife Crime etc)

October – Black History month

21.10.2021 – End of term for C&YP


22.10.2021 – Staff Inset day.

01.11.2021 – Staff Inset day

02.11.2022 – Children return.

Monday 15th – Friday 19th November – Anti-Bullying week with the theme One Kind Word

15.12.2021 – End of term for C&YP

16.12.2021 – Staff Inset day.


04.01.2022 – Staff Inset day.

05.01.2022 – Children return.


Parents and carers Christmas consultation day to be confirmed.

You can view this newsletter in [PDF] or [Online]


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