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Mr Wilding's words Lent week 1
Mr Wilding shares his thoughts on the new year, lockdown and the return to school here >>>  
Monday 11 JanuaryStudy commences / early buses continue8:00am - 9:00am
Wednesday 13 JanuaryMaths IGCSE Paper 29:00am - 11:00am
Thursday 14 JanuaryB8 Parent Tutor Meetings9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 19 JanuaryB10 Academic Mentoring9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 19 JanuaryActivity programme commences / late buses Tuesday -> Thursday (departing Senior Boys 5.15pm)All Day
Tuesday 19 JanuaryVirtual Parent Drugs Talks7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday 19 JanuaryProposed Parent talks on drugs6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday 20 JanuarySpotlight on the Sixth Form5:00pm - 6:00pm
From the Office
A message from the Executive Head
Dear Parents and Guardians 

Our first week in lockdown....again!

A huge well done to you, our parents, for adapting your work schedules and daily routines to support your children in their home learning. Thank you also for the many comments of support and encouragement you have given us. Your feedback enables us to consolidate what we do well and supports us in understanding what we can do better.

Another ‘well done’ goes to your children. Is remote education the way we would want them to learn? No. Is this current platform the best available? I believe so. And while we are monitoring very closely the pastoral elements of your children at work, we must also take comfort in the knowledge that they are developing skills of independence, resilience and the application of IT to numerous academic situations. 

Finally, a huge thank you to our staff. On average, an online lesson takes two and a half times longer to prepare than a face to face lesson, not including the challenges of giving effective and meaningful feedback to children over a screen. Our Nursery staff and pupils are bravely in school, as are our Key Worker children, vulnerable children and their staff. We are truly blessed with some of the most talented and dedicated staff I have ever had the privilege of working with, and the nurture your children receive, from three years to 18 years old, is in my opinion, second to none.

My last words to you are in regard to support. We are here not just for your children, but for you as families too. Please keep in contact with us whenever you need us, there is always someone waiting at the end of a phone or at the end of a computer. Please tell us if you or your family are struggling, please inform us if you have concerns of an academic, pastoral or covid nature….and most importantly, please understand that you are not alone in facing this lockdown. 

Thank you for your support, and please stay safe

Best wishes

Justin Spanswick
Executive Head Teacher

Virtual open events
We have virtual open events for all age groups during January. Find out more and book on or please share this link with family and friends
Support and resources from Everlief
Our partners in clinical and educational health, Everlief, have developed a brand new parent support site, which is now live at
The website holds articles on a wide range of mental health issues, including a free three day mini course: "Reset Your Child's Wellbeing in 2021" 
This is for parents of children with stress, anger or anxiety. 
Dr Lucy Russell, from Everlief, said: “We look at three fundamental areas of children's wellbeing. When parents sign up they receive an email each day for three days. Each email will link to a video and a PDF, to guide you through the mini course.”

Weekly on Tuesdays at 10am - Mr Wilding’s Open House MEET
Please feel free to drop in here to speak with Mr Wilding from 10 to 10.30am every Tuesday morning.
‘At-Home’ IGCSE Maths Exams - Wednesday 13 and Friday 15 January Afternoon
These papers were posted home yesterday, so please do contact the office if you do not receive them. Please remember ‘exam’ conditions, so quiet room, no phones/internet, two hours ( extra time if applicable). Please return the papers and declaration form using the envelope provided.
Thursday 14 January - B8 Parent / Tutor MEETS
Year 8 parents are invited to MEET their son’s tutor on Thursday 14 January. 15 minute time slots are bookable between 9am and 4pm via the Report Portal (see help guide page 6). You can join the MEET using the links below, but please be aware that you will need to wait to be admitted by the form tutor after they have finished the previous meeting.
Tuesday 19 January - B10 Academic Mentoring
Many thanks for completing the form to confirm whether you are able to attend your allocated time slot. A confirmed scheduled will be shared next week after the final tweaks, and the meetings can be accessed via these links: Again, please be aware that you will need to wait to be admitted by the form tutor after they have finished the previous meeting. Many thanks for your patience.
Tuesday 19 January 7pm - Virtual parent drugs talk
Parents are invited to join Elizabeth Burton–Phillips from DrugFAM using this MEET link. We kindly ask that you join with your camera and mic turned off, thank you. Please see this letter for further information.
Wednesday 20 January - Spotlight on the Sixth Form 5pm to 6pm Year 10/11
We do hope you can join us at this event to ‘meet’ with the Sixth Form team regarding the next step of your daughter’s education. A link and information will be emailed out to you soon.
Linguists of the Week
German - for excellent online participation in 8D: Arun Patel, Alex Bruce and Henry Liebenberg.

Mathematicians of the Week
Congratulations go to Myles Goodliffe (Year 7), Harry Williams (Year 8), Tom Webster and Nico Drew (Year 9) and Tom Webster and Nico Drew (Year 10).

Scientists of the Week
  • Fergus MacMillan and Aidan Kerr (Year 8) for brilliant electricity knowledge in recall session
  • Benjamin O'Neill (Year 7) for his fantastic work ethic and for helping other students by explaining the work covered in breakout rooms (without being asked to)
  • Jamie Davies and Hadrian Schulte (Year 10) for excellent work on chemical formulae.
Schools reopening in 2021Schools reopening in 2021

With schools reopening in January 2021 to a national lockdown, our Academic Principal, James Wilding, was asked to comment for the Maidenhead Advertiser.
Free online resources and activities for youngsters

Publisher Bloomsbury has created lots of free online resources and activities ready to download for children aged from 0 to 11 years old.
Free online resources and activities for youngsters
Dream DJ gig for former Senior BoyDream DJ gig for former Senior Boy

Maidenhead-local and former Senior Boy Sam MacGregor is fulfilling one of his dreams by taking to the BBC Radio 1 airwaves this Christmas. 
Ray Mill Road East, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8TE
Tel: 01628 327600     Email:

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