Uxbridge High School

Summer term 2021 newsletter

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I am delighted to share with you our summer newsletter. In addition to a round-up of our events and activities, it includes information about our end-of-term arrangements and plans for our return to school in September. It is a pleasure as always to welcome new staff to the school for September and to thank those who are moving on next year.


End of term arrangements: We have lots of exciting activities planned for the last three days of term, including rewards trips, laser tag, inflatable assault courses, performances, coding, enterprise competitions and treasure hunts. Students should wear their PE kits to school on the following days: Monday 19th July - Years 9 and 10; Tuesday 20th July - Years 7 and 8.


On Wednesday 21st July, following our end of term assemblies, students will be dismissed at the following times:


Year 10 - 11.20am

Year 9 - 11.25am

Year 8 - 11.35am

Year 7 - 11.45am

Year 12 - variable


Summer holiday events: Over the course of the summer, various activities will be taking place on the school site:


  • A-level results day on Tuesday 10th August
  • GCSE results day on Thursday 12th August
  • Summer school from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th August

Participants in all of these events will have received a separate letter/consent form.


Arrangements for our return to school in September: You will be aware that, as part of the continued fight against COVID, schools have been asked to test all students for COVID twice on our return in September. For this reason, our normal staggered start will be extended a little to facilitate the tests. There are more details about testing below. Students return to school on the following dates:


Year 7 - Monday 6th September at 8.15am

Year 8 - Wednesday 8th September at 8.15am

Year 9 - Tuesday 7th September at 8.30am

Year 10 - Wednesday 8th September at 8.40am

Year 11 - Tuesday 7th September at 8.20am

Year 12 - Monday 6th September at 8.40am

Year 13 - Tuesday 7th September at 8.40am


In September, we will begin our normal timetable. Students will no longer operate in bubbles but will be able to access all parts of the school. We will throughout next year continue to operate staggered start and arrival times to school. We have found that this makes entry and exit from the school calmer and safer. It also allows all students to embark on bus journeys with ease. Entrance gates and start/finish times are shown below.

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You will notice below that for our return we have updated our policies on the use of mobile phones and healthy eating. We will also be introducing to students more on our popular UHS Way and expectations made between students and staff to ensure the best learning environment.


Lastly, I would like to take a final opportunity to thank all members of the UHS community, including parents, for your support during this challenging year. I hope you enjoy browsing through our newsletter.


I am optimistic and confident that we will build on all that we have learnt as we move towards a more normal school year in 2021/22. I would like to wish all governors, staff, students, and their families a very pleasant and safe summer break.

Arrangements for Covid Testing

Thank you for your continued engagement in the Covid-19 testing programme. Please continue to encourage your child to test twice weekly and report the results until the end of the summer term.


You must report your child's test results, even if their result is negative or void. You should also keep a note of and share your child's results with the school using our online form. Reporting results is easy. Go to GOV.UK to report a lateral flow test result or call 119 free from a mobile or landline. Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.


The asympomatic testing programme is being paused for students in secondary schools over the summer holidays. If you or your child wish to access rapid lateral flow testing, you can continue to do so by ordering LFT kits from GOV.UK or by collecting kits from your local pharmacy.


On our return in September, all students will have two lateral flow tests, 3 to 5 days apart. They will then be asked to continue to test twice weekly until the end of September in the first instance. Any previous consents given for your son/daughter to be tested will remain. If you have not previously given consent for testing, please do so now: https://tinyurl.com/UHS-covidtestingform-Sept21.


As you know, the Prime Minister announced on 12th July that step 4 of the roadmap would go ahead on 19th July. From 19th July, as a school we will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case - or in the case of children - the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts. Please follow this link to view a summary of these new arrangements from Monday 19th July.

Year 11 Prom - Mr Wolf

With all the challenges of the past two years for our year 11 cohort, we were delighted to be able to host our year 11 prom on site this week. Prom 2021 was a great evening, spent in the company of a wonderful group of students and a large number of staff.


Students arrived in style, welcomed by our professional photographer, before heading to the mocktail bar to pick up their welcome drink. Many students then headed straight to the dancefloor, while others enjoyed the photo booth and grabbing their free ice cream. A finger buffet followed, with further photos and plenty more dancing, before the all-important prom king and queen were announced. Congratulations to Golam and Paris-Rose! Students were a credit to themselves and the school in what was a truly memorable night.


We look forward to doing it all again next year!


Photos from the evening will appear in the next issue of the newsletter.

PHOTOS of MAINTENANCE WORK

Pictured below are some recently refurbished areas of the school.

Jack Petchey awards - Mr Churchill


On Monday 21st June at 7pm, Jack Petchey held their annual achievement awards for Hillingdon. The awards are for students who have contributed to the school community or recognition for personal development. Students were awarded for a number of reasons, including caring for members of their family to sports captains who encouraged younger students to take part in numerous competitions. This year the ceremony took place on YouTube.


Our award winners were Hemesh (Y8), Kaden (Y9), Emily (Y9), Ilja (Y9), Desi (Y10), Feena (Y10), Connor (Y10), Max (Y10), Lewis (Y11), Inaayah (Y13), Patrik (Y13), Keira (Y13) and Alina (Y13). A special leader award went to Miss Gardner in PE.

Uhs working alongside the national tutoring programme - Ms Gingles

Our first lockdown which started in March 2020 was certainly a challenging time, particularly for those students who were halfway through their first year of GCSEs. Recognising the pressure facing many of these students, one government initiative was to offer tuition for students most affected by the first lockdown. In September, returning to school after this extended lockdown, we decided to explore what external support would be available to us and that is when we discovered the National Tutoring Programme.


The National Tutoring Programme is an initiative, part funded by the government, designed to provide heavily subsidised tuition to students who were impacted by the first lockdown within core subjects for GCSE. As one of the first schools in the borough to take advantage of this excellent opportunity, we worked closely with Career Tree, a local provider working under the umbrella of the NTP. Career Tree was the best fit for our students because it was clear from my first meeting with them that they put students at the heart of what they do.


In all, 48 of our year 11 students benefitted from this additional tuition and feedback from both tutors and students was fantastic. Through this tuition, students not only filled in the missing pieces of their learning, but also regained the confidence lost during lockdown. The government has decided to extend this programme into our next academic year so we look forward to working with the NTP again.

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Summer term subject awards

Well done to all students who have won subject awards this term. Keep up the good work!


Art – Estelle, Abdullahi, Hamza, Isabella, Arnela, Ellen, Tisaanth, Chloe, Victoria, Callina, Rhianna, Bethany and Yash


Business studies – Reem, Bilal, Mariam, Rafaela, Renee, Kamil, Maysha, Louis and Abdirahman


Computer studies – Edith, Bethany, Joe, Claudia, Ilya, Tayyaba, Vereker, Munisa, Hamza, Victoria, Simran, Gosia, Aditya and Yash


Drama – Daniel, Claudia, Kean, Thusitha, Hamza and Victoria


English – Emilia, Manolo, Kenya, Niamh, Maira, Lili, Ella, Hechi, Leah, Lucy, Bethany and Eisha


History – Odeiro, Aaicha, Isabella, Kaiel, Kaden, Lili, Najib, Feena, Rhianna and Khameel


MFL – Zila, Khatira, Yoyo, Iman, Martim, Lorenzo, Nour and Allen


Social Science – Sunmeet, Emilie, Krishana, Lucy, Yavnish, Hebah, Aimee and Joshua

Updates from the finance team

Free school meals

If your family circumstances have changed, you may now be eligible to claim for free school meals. If you haven’t already, please complete this application form. If eligible this will also attract pupil premium funding for the school to support your children. If you are not eligible, the system will retain your details and notify the school if you become eligible in the future. Note that if your child is in the sixth form, please also apply for the sixth form bursary below.


Covid summer support schemes

Support during the summer holiday will continue to be provided by the council. All families in receipt of benefit-related free school meals will receive food vouchers over the summer holiday period. The council will contact all eligible parents. If you have any queries please contact the council on wintergrant@hillingdon.gov.uk. In addition, the council is running a holiday activity and food programme over the summer holidays – families are able to book free activities for their children using the unique reference code provided by the council. This is in addition to food voucher support being provided – more information can be found here.


Bursary

The sixth form bursary is designed to support students facing financial barriers in education. This is available to help with any school-related expenses and is paid directly to the student. There are four types of bursary. Eligibility, further details and application forms can be found here on the school website.


Uniform donations

Do you have uniform items that are still in good condition which your children have grown out of, or you no longer need (e.g. students leaving Year 11)? If so, please consider donating them to the school – these will be reused as loaned or gifted uniform for other students in need. If donating, please provide these washed. Your child should present these to student reception.


Uniform and equipment assistance

Families with students on free school meals or on a low income may request support with school uniform via this form on the school website. Please fill in a form for each child. Uniform requests received by 21st July will be available to collect, by appointment only, from the school by mid-August. In the event of delays due to supplier availability, this will be clearly communicated. Any requests made after 21st July are unlikely to be received before school starts in September, therefore please ensure that all requests are submitted by the end of term.

Duke of Edinburgh scheme - Miss Shutkever

Y9 students doing the Duke of Edinburgh award are going on their Bronze Expedition on 17th July. Students will be walking in the Chilterns for two days. They will be navigating themselves and putting up their own tents, cooking on trangia stoves and completing their own first aid. They recently practiced putting up their tents on the school site.

Sixth form news - Mr Churchill

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Y12 students in September. Over 100 students recently attended our online induction into the sixth form and attended taster sessions to get ahead with their A-levels. Each subject has a transition pack available on our website. These packs contain useful information such as course content, podcasts, books, films, websites and activities that students should complete over the summer.


Students will complete their enrolment into the sixth form once they have received their GCSE results. If results are not as expected or you wish to make changes to your courses, the sixth form team will be available by appointment to discuss options.


In September new Y12 students will be able to apply for the UHS 16-19 bursary. This bursary can be used for course related costs such as books, meals, equipment or transport. The scheme starts in September and the bursary is paid on a monthly basis and paid in accordance with attendance.


Current sixth form students have now started their UCAS applications and met with their tutors regarding their personal statements and building up their career profiles to make their applications stand out. Over the summer students should continue to check the opportunities board for work experience - https://padlet.com/alegall/od8cwc26xm1w - and complete at least one MOOC on the sixth form portal.

African Adventures - Miss Gardner

African Adventures is a charitable company which UHS has been in contact with over the past two years to build a relationship where we can help support some of their partner projects and begin to make a difference.


In September 2020, UHS created a school partnership with the Aklorbordzi school in Ghana. The aim of the partnership is for us to be able to fundraise and supply resources to students who are not able to obtain them like our own students.


Within citizenship lessons students have been working extremely hard to create fundraising ideas and write letters which will be sent to pupils out in Ghana. This is to give them a day in the life from the perspective of a UHS student.


With over 200 entries Mr Clemens had the challenging task of reading and choosing the 15 letters which would represent the school.


Students who were successful then met with Mr Clemens to receive their 'unique' badges and learn more about the Aklorbordzi school and the magnificent work that African Adventures does.


If you would like any further information about the project and future fundraising opportunities, please contact Miss Gardner on rgardner@uhs.org.uk. Alternatively, check out the African Adventures website.

National School Sport week - Miss Gardner

National School Sport Week 2021 celebrated the return of youth sport and its power to bring people back together with a week of school sports’ days held up and down the country. The theme of this year’s campaign was Together Again and UHS students showed this throughout.


There were numerous activities UHS students completed to get involved in NSSW – squat challenges, sports quizzes, sports around the world, Euro 2020 PE lessons, yoga, dance sessions, wear your favourite sports top for PE and numerous lunchtime challenges.


With students missing out on so much during the COVID pandemic, it was fantastic to see all our students get involved in the various activities, both in and out of PE lessons. Students won prizes for winning lunchtime challenges, and the highest scoring form in each year for the quiz and challenges were allowed to use the dome during their form time. We are looking forward to a less socially-distanced week next year!

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professional footballers' visit - Mr Janar

Uxbridge High School was very privileged to have former student Rianna Dean and her teammate Anna Filbey, both professional football players, attend the school to run a professional training session for a select group of girls in years 7 to 9. The students were put through their paces then given an opportunity to ask Rianna and Anna about their experiences of playing at school, going through the ranks and what it takes to become a professional. All the girls gained a valuable experience of the benefits of hard work, being resilient and never giving up on your dreams. A truly special experience that will benefit them all, whichever path they choose in life.

Y7 Science club - Ms Kaur

This year we have completed two physics projects:

  • Designing, making and testing parachutes
  • Investigating aerodynamics and making paper planes

Students have really enjoyed science club - here are some of their comments:

  • Ayaan - Science club has been a mixture of fun learning. I have learnt lots about aerodynamics, friction, air resistance and how to investigate scientifically.
  • Faiq - I have really enjoyed my time at science club. If you like practical tasks and testing out designs then science club is for you!
  • Oliver - Science club has been a great way to learn cool new things and I really enjoyed creating my own designs for parachutes and following videos to make different planes.

Uniform

We have high expectations for our students and encourage them to represent themselves and the school, both in school and on their journey to and from school. This starts with them following the school uniform policy to look smart. Our local community value the high standards we have of our students, and we ask parents to support these. Students in years 7 and 8 follow the most recent version of the policy and students in years 9 to 11 should follow the legacy policy, the details of which can be found in the uniform section of our website.


A couple of important reminders as you prepare for the next academic year:


  • All students must wear leather footwear
  • Students can wear a waterproof outdoor coat over their uniform, but not a hooded jumper or sweatshirt
  • In the sixth form students are expected to set an example to the rest of the school and should wear smart, business-like dress

Mobile phones

All staff, students and parents must ensure mobile phones are not an issue at UHS. As soon as students enter the school site their phone should be switched off and put in their bag. It should only be turned on again once they leave the school site.

information on healthy eating

The school curriculum continues to promote healthy eating and lifestyles. Consequently, we wish to ensure that any food consumed during the school day has nutritional value for our students. As parents we know that you want the students to be successful and encourage them to take pride in the school environment and its local community.


Consequently, no fizzy, sugary or energy drinks should be brought onto the school site and we recommend all students carry a water bottle each day. Any food that is not considered to be of nutritional value (for example, sweets and confectionery) and/or creates additional litter will be confiscated and returned to the students at the end of the day.


We will continue to encourage students to visit shops near to their home rather than adjacent to the school. To this end, we will have duty staff at the shops opposite the school before and after school. Students should not congregate there or use these shops unless they have individual permission from duty staff for urgent purchases.

Safety advice from the Safer Schools' Team

As we approach the summer holidays it is worth reminding students and parents of crime prevention advice that will help to keep you safe.

  • Be aware of your surroundings when out and avoid using your mobile phone in public or having valuables on display.
  • Smartphones are attractive to thieves - a more basic mobile phone will enable you to stay in touch but be less of a target. Register mobiles at immobilise.com to help police recover it if it's ever stolen.
  • Earpods or headphones can make you more vulnerable as you are less aware of your surroundings.
  • Consider turning on the GPS on your phone when out; this can be helpful to officers when attempting to locate stolen phones.
  • Have conversations about the safest route home and avoid shortcuts.
  • Don't confront a thief - it's not worth risking your own safety for possessions that can be replaced.

Staffing update


We say goodbye and thank you at the end of the term to the following colleagues:

Ms Carroll, Vice Principal

Mr Williams, Art

Miss Ferguson, DT

Miss Burke, English

Mr Patten, Maths

Ms Purewal, Science

Ms Dhillon, English

Mr Yu, Maths

Miss Barbulescu, Languages


We welcome the following members of staff to the UHS team in September:

Mr Sharif Ali - Teacher of Maths

Mr Sasu, Curriculum leader for Art

Ms Parekh – Assistant curriculum leader for Science

Miss Freeman – Teacher of DT

Miss Polat – Teacher of Business

Miss Manir - Teacher of English

Miss Fergusson – Teacher of English

Mr Martin – Teacher of History

Miss Hosking – Teacher of Maths

Mr Morgan – Teacher of Science

Ms Grant – Teacher of Science

TWITTER & INSTAGRAM

Please feel free to browse our Twitter and Instagram accounts for up-to-date information and updates on the variety of activities taking place at Uxbridge High School. Our Twitter accounts are @UxbridgeHighSch, @UHSPrincipal, @UHS_VAPA, @UHSPE, @DT_UHS, and @MflUhs. Our Instagram account can be found here.


Please note that our accounts are public and you can browse them at any time without having to sign up for an account.


Please see some of our recent tweets below.