Naturally this year has seen a significant reduction in the opportunities that we have been able to offer our students, in particular our extracurricular and enrichment provision. With the roadmap out of national restrictions, we were of course hopeful that we could at least offer something akin to our normal breadth of activities during this year’s Enrichment Week. We were therefore hugely frustrated and disappointed that the bulk of these original trips and activities had to be cancelled once again. I am grateful again for the adaptability of staff, in particular with increasing numbers falling foul to the dreaded Covid App ‘ping’, in supporting our revised programme and in particular our PE colleagues with their Sports Days offer. Despite a number of students at the last minute being unable to attend, we were nonetheless delighted that the majority of our Year 7 students were able to attend our High Ashurst camp, mindful that this year group will have missed out on their traditional trips and transition activities at the end of Year 6.
The trials and tribulations of this year pale into relative insignificance when I reflect on the tragic passing of one of our much-loved Year 11 students, Sam Manion, a few days before Christmas. Coming little over 18 months after losing another student from that same year group, I was once again struck by the enormous resilience and maturity of our remarkable students.
As ever, it is important to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the work of our incredible Glyn PSA. I am truly astonished that they have been able to raise nearly £46,000, in this of all years. Their work, and of course the contribution of all families, will make a real difference to the resources available for our students and I am genuinely so very grateful.
I urge you all to take the time to read the poem within this Newsletter written by our MFL teacher, Mrs Cutrufo, to her Form 8A, which, despite the increased disruption of the past few weeks, wonderfully evokes a more optimistic outlook that we have, contemplating our return in September. As families will be aware, staff who have been fully vaccinated and of course students under the age of 18 will not have to self-isolate in the event of being identified as a close contact. Instead they will be required to take a PCR test, and only begin a period of self-isolation in the event that this is positive. Year 13 students who have turned 18 will have a short grace period in which to get vaccinated before the requirement to self-isolate applies to them. We will revert back to our normal system of students transiting around the site, with lessons delivered in subject areas, we say goodbye to our bubbles system and, barring a resumption of local advice to the contrary, our students will not be required to wear masks. Excitingly, we will also be able to resume our full programme of extracurricular clubs, trips and enrichment activities, including all competitive sporting fixtures. Our collective responsibility to one another will of course remain and, to that end, students will be expected to adhere to high standards of hands and face hygiene as a minimum.
I look forward to welcoming back in September all of our returning students. Some elements of disruption may still persist of course, but our outlook is significantly more positive, and I am confident that we will all grasp these opportunities with renewed relish.
Wishing you all a wonderful summer.
Matt Duffield, Executive Headteacher
Farewell and Welcome to Colleagues July 2021
As is inevitable in a school as large as ours, the end of the academic year brings with it the need to say farewell to a number of students (notably those in Year 13, as well as a handful of our Year 11 cohort), but also of a number of colleagues, as they take on new opportunities and challenges.
From our Leadership and Management Team, we say goodbye to Miss Cortizo, Assistant Headteacher, as she steps up into her new role as Deputy Headteacher at The Weald School in Billingshurst, West Sussex. Miss Cortizo joined Glyn as Head of History in 2015, and in her role as Assistant Headteacher since 2018, she has led on the school`s development of learning and teaching and professional development, and these vital areas of the school have flourished under her leadership.
Having joined Glyn as a teacher of Drama and most recently served as Head of House for Merton, Miss Southall is leaving teaching (we hope temporarily) for a period of travel. We are enormously grateful for the energetic and exceptional care and support that she has given her students, and we wish her well in her new adventure.
At the start of this year, Mr Norris joined as Acting Head of our IT & Computing Faculty during Mrs Hammerton’s own maternity leave. In September he takes up a role as Head of Computer Science closer to home at Harris Wimbledon. An outstanding teacher and leader, we wish him well in his new post. Another recruit for the Harris Federation comes from Social Sciences, as we say goodbye to our Lead Practitioner for Business Studies, Mr Ridpath. We are grateful for all that he has done to support Glyn’s students and we wish him every success in his new role as subject lead.
From the Humanities faculty we wish every success to two departing teachers of Religious Studies. Mr Brockless joined Glyn at the start of 2020 and we are very grateful for the outstanding support he has shown our students. Our Key Stage 4 Coordinator, Miss Stone joined Glyn in 2017 and from September will be taking up a role teaching Sociology in Esher.
From our English faculty we say goodbye to three valued colleagues. Ms Ennos will be moving closer to home to take a role at Ardingly College, an independent school in West Sussex, and Mr Olsen is also moving to the independent sector, albeit more locally with a move to Downsend School in Leatherhead. Ms Calvin, our substantive Head of Faculty has taken the decision not to return to teaching at the end of her current period of maternity leave. Ms Calvin’s dedication to her students and colleagues and passion for her subject will be greatly missed.
It is more a case of ‘au revoir’ rather than goodbye for Mrs Brown, our Head of Maths, as she takes up a new role in September as GLF Subject Lead for Secondary Mathematics. In this role Mrs Brown will be supporting all Maths departments across the Trust in curriculum and teaching development as well training our next generation of trainee teachers. This is a thoroughly well-deserved move - having joined Glyn in 2011, Mrs Brown has ensured that Maths continues to be one of the subjects where students at Glyn consistently attain fantastic outcomes and make exceptional progress.
Teacher of Science, Ms Booth begins a new career in nursing from September; we are very grateful for her care and support for students during her time at Glyn. Also departing the Science faculty is our Key Stage 3 Coordinator, Mrs Thomas who joined Glyn in 2015. We are enormously grateful for the energetic and exceptional support that she has given her students, and we wish her well in her new role at Reeds School.
Three highly valued colleagues will be leaving our MFL team from September. Ms Merchan Paules is taking up a role at Guildford High School, and we are very grateful for her excellent support of students during her time with us. Miss Vazquez joined Glyn as Head of Spanish in 2017 and has more recently served as Deputy Head of Faculty. Miss Vazquez is relocating to York, where she will be taking up a role as Head of Spanish at Bootham School. A similar move in distance, albeit an altogether different prospect awaits Mrs Lindsay who joined Glyn as a SCITT trainee teacher in September 2016 – from September she takes up a role teaching at the British School in Paris. Both Miss Vazquez and Mrs Lindsay have played an enormous part in the development of the MFL faculty in recent years and we are hugely grateful for their contribution both to the faculty, and indeed to the school more broadly. We wish them both well in their new roles and cities!
Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday - School Closed on Monday 29 November 2021
Families will be aware of the announcement of an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June 2022 to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In line with similar occasions in the past, such as the 2011 Royal Wedding and the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, the Department for Education has amended school regulations in order to encourage all schools to grant this additional day off for students and staff, even where Friday 3 June falls within planned school holidays. As such, since this additional Bank Holiday falls within our planned 2022 May half term break , Glyn School has taken the decision to take an additional school closure day within that academic year and therefore Glyn School will be closed on Monday 29 November 2021.