Information about the End of the School Year
On site learning will finish at the normal time on Friday 16th July.
The school will complete two days of virtual learning on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th July, culminating in an online celebration assembly at 12.45pm on Tuesday. If you would like your child to attend school on these days please do contact us and we will make arrangements.
Tuesday 10th August for A Level results and Thursday 12th August for GCSE results.
Y13 and Y11 students will receive a separate letter giving further details of these two days.
There will be a phased start to the year to allow for all year groups to be tested and inducted separately.
Year 7 – Start Thursday 2nd September
Our new Year 7 students will start on Thursday 2nd September. On this day students should arrive at school ready for an 8.45am start, and enter via the Student Entrance. The pastoral team will be there to meet them and show them to the main hall. Students should be in full school uniform and have all their equipment as detailed at the end of this letter. Year 7 will then be learning onsite everyday as planned
Year 8 – Start Monday 6th September
Year 8 will start on Monday 6th September and will report straight to the Sports Hall for a COVID-19 lateral flow test. 8S must arrive at 8.45am and 8W must arrive at 9.45am
Year 9 – Start Monday 6th September
Year 9 will start on Monday 6th September and will report straight to the Sports Hall for a COVID-19 lateral flow test. 9S must arrive at 10.45am and 9W must arrive at 11.45am
Year 10 – Start Friday 3rd September, working remotely from home on 6th September
Year 10 will start on Friday 3rd September and will report straight to the Sports Hall for a COVID-19 lateral flow test. 10S must arrive at 10.45am and 10W must arrive at 11.45am
Year 11 – Start Friday 3rd September, working remotely from home on 6th September
Year 11 will start on Friday 3rd September and will report straight to the Sports Hall for a COVID-19 lateral flow test. 11S must arrive at 8.45am and 11W must arrive at 9.45am
Year 12 & 13 – Start Thursday 2nd September
Year 12 and 13 will start on Thursday 2nd September and will report straight to the Sports Hall for a COVID-19 lateral flow test at 1.00pm.
Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 will be given all the information they need for their working-from-home days when they arrive. These working from home days are necessary to allow for enhanced induction of all students.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the year and wish you a happy and safe summer.
From September, our school day timings well be as follows:
8:45 – 9:45 – Period 1
9:45 – 10:45 – Period 2
10:45 – 11:00 – Break
11:00 – 12:00 – Period 3
12:00 & 12:30 – Lunch & Registration
13:00 – 14:00 – Period 4
14:00 – 15:00 – Period 5
Please note removal of morning registration, and the ‘lunch & afternoon registration’ session will be split (Year 7, 8 & 11 students will go to lunch then registration, Year 9, 10, 12 & 13 will go to registration then lunch)
Preparing for the new school year
All students in Years 7 to 11 must wear:
- Black blazer with SWHS badge
- Long or short sleeve white shirt, must be tucked in and done up to the collar
- School tie with House colours- available from Student Services
- Black school trousers, black skirt or black pinafore dress.
- Skirts must be knee length
- Plain black belt with plain, non-branded buckle
- Plain black, grey or white socks or tights
- Polishable black school shoes; either flat or with a heel not exceeding 5cm
- Sports trainers may only be worn for PE lessons or for games activities at lunchtime only
- Other footwear, including walking boots and plimsolls, are not allowed to be worn
- Please see the attached sheet with examples of acceptable and unacceptable footwear. If you are in any doubt about what is acceptable please contact a member of the pastoral team before purchasing
Jewellery / Make-Up
Please ensure that any new piercings are completed in the early stages of the break so that items can be safely removed before the start of the school year in September. If hair is dyed during the summer break it should be returned to a natural colour in time for the start of the school year in September.
- Jewellery should not be worn in school. An inexpensive watch and one small stud in each ear are acceptable.
- Other earrings, nose rings/studs, tongue studs, eye-brow studs or any visible body piercings are unacceptable.
- Clear nail varnish only is acceptable.
- False / acrylic / gel nails are not permitted.
- No false eyelashes of any description are permitted.
- Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 may not wear make-up. Make-up worn by students in Year 10 and 11 must be discreet and business like.
- Hair cuts and styles must be smart and business like, and not covering the face or eyes
- Discreet hair accessories should be in the school colours of black, red or white
- No shaving all or part of the head
- No lurid, unnatural or extreme colouring
- No tramlines
Mobile Phones/Electronic devices
We are a phone free school. Phones should not be brought into school. If a phone or other electronic device is seen during the school day it will be confiscated.
Students should organise themselves for school and be responsible for bringing the necessary books and equipment to lessons. The following items are essential and should be brought on a daily basis:
- Pen, pencil, ruler and eraser
- A protractor, a pair of compasses
- A strong bag to carry homework, equipment and P.E. Kit.
Our rules on appearance, uniform and mobile phones have been written so that children can come to school and focus on their learning. When students do not have the distraction of social media, or peer pressure to wear the latest trainers, they can concentrate on enjoying meaningful interactions with their peers and making excellent progress in lessons.
We have made our uniform as inexpensive as possible so that it does not add each to the financial burden of families. We are committed to ensuring every student has the correct uniform and equipment to ensure they can make the very best progress, every single day. If you would like to discuss the financial support available please contact your child’s House Progress Leader.