Learning & Achieving Together

End of Term

Dear Parent/Carer and Students,   
As we now start our summer holiday and an academic year like no other draws to a close, I would like to thank you all for your support in addressing the most challenging period of my 17 years as headteacher of the school.   What we have achieved as a school since September 2019, both before and after lockdown, has been a testimony to what Brentside is all about, maximising the potential of our students regardless of the challenges that we face.  This is done, as always, with the school working in partnership with the community we serve, so many thanks to each and every one of you.  I would also like to thank all of the staff team for their dedication through these challenging times,  I am both grateful and proud to lead such a dedicated team of professionals.   
Also attached to this email you will find the start of term arrangements and an announcement made by Nick Gibb (Minister of State for Schools) in Parliament this week regarding the government’s expectations of schools for September. You will also find attached our reopening plans to date.  We will also issue a schedule outlining interim school day arrangements which we plan to run until at least October half term to facilitate staggered start and leaving times as detailed in the government’s guidance. This should be with you in late July or early August.   
Staffing It is always sad to say farewell to much valued and hardworking colleagues. This summer the following teaching staff are moving on from Brentside:   Mr Deery (Assistant Headteacher), Mr DeWitt (Mathematics), Ms D’Souza (Business Studies), Ms Fenner (RS), Mr Harris (Mathematics), Mr Jarman (Business Studies), Ms Mazhar (RS), Mr Rahman (Mathematics) and Ms Tyson (PE).   
We also say goodbye to Mr Al-Obidi (Science Technician), Ms Bahd (School Business Manager), Ms Davenport (Admissions Manager), Ms Gure (Learning Support Assistant) and Ms Rosling (Safe Worker).   
I wish all colleagues who are moving on all the very best for the future and would like to thank them for their contributions during their time at Brentside.   
You will also be aware from Mrs Catherine Smith (Chair of Governors)’s letter last week of my original intention to retire from my role at the end of this academic year.  However, that has been put partially on hold for now and I will remain in an executive role supporting our newly appointed Interim Coheadteachers, Ms Hames and Ms MacInnes, until the end of the autumn term.  I am really looking forward to working with two outstanding professionals, both totally committed to our school, in their new role.   
All that remains from me is to wish you a relaxing summer holiday.  I look forward to (actually!) seeing you in September.    Best wishes,