Our Manor 12-16 July 2021

Message from the Senior Leadership Team

In the final message of the academic year, we want to focus on September and our sense of positivity about the future. We are optimistic! The guidance for schools is encouraging in that we can see our school operating more like a secondary school than it has previously. This is in the knowledge that measures and plans are in place should we be asked to implement them to keep everyone COVID safe.

We are really looking forward to the wealth of contractors coming on the school site next week as we continue into the next phase of improving our school environment further. We have a rolling plan of works to ensure the school environment reflects the high standards we place on everything else we do.

Next term will see the first of our workshops, working with families and the local community to improve our school even further. Our commitment to achieving excellence is unwavering, but we do appreciate that we will only get there by looking beyond the boundary of our school and listening to the views of families and the local community and understanding their perceptions. Please look out for the sessions, which we will be advertising in the newsletters in early September.

Finally, enjoy the well-deserved summer break and stay safe.

Senior Leadership Team

COVID Track and Trace

Parents/carers should continue to notify us during the summer holidays of any students who test positive for COVID-19. This is done via the banner on the school website. Once notified you should continue to follow all the latest government guidance and advice including instructions for self-isolation. We will complete contact tracing between students and staff as necessary where either:

  • the student or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19 on a lateral flow or PCR test, without symptoms, before the end of Sunday 18 July
  • the student or member of staff develops symptoms before the end of Sunday 18 July and then goes on to receive a positive result on a lateral flow or PCR test

Summer results days

Students in Year 11 and 13 will be awarded their results following the Centre Assessed Grades process on Tuesday 10 August for Year 13 and Thursday 12 August for Year 11. We will send a communication to students and parents the week prior to results days to outline the timings and arrangements of each day. Please look out for this communication via schoolcomms, student emails and our social media platforms.

For students who have booked holidays or will not be available to collect results, please select one of the following options and notify us of your intention by email to exams2021@manor.school

  1. The student can nominate another person to collect results on their behalf. We need an email stating the name and relationship of the person to exams2021@manor.school and the person collecting results needs to being a piece of photo ID and a signed copy of the email or written statement from the student providing consent.
  2. Results can be posted to a nominated address. For this to happen the student needs to being a signed statement stating that they are happy for this to happen, along with a self-addressed and stamped A5 envelope. Results will be sealed in the envelope and posted on the day of results being issued.
  3. Results can be collected on another day following the issuing of results. Please email exams2021@manor.school to arrange a mutually convenient time.

September testing

The Department for Education is requesting schools to Lateral Flow test all students twice upon their return to school in September. This process will be very similar to the testing that was carried out in school prior to students returning from the second lockdown on 8 March 2021.

Please complete the consent form below to give permission, or not, for your child or children to taking the tests on site.

The information below sets out the timings for the first on-site test:

  • Thursday 2 September, 12:00pm - Year 12 and Year 13
  • Friday 3 September, 8:30am - Year 7
  • Friday 3 September, 9:45am - Year 8
  • Friday 3 September, 11:00am - Year 9
  • Friday 3 September, 12:15pm - Year 10
  • Friday 3 September, 2:15pm - Year 11

Those students who travel to school on the buses and are unable to make the time listed above will have their first test when they arrive at school for their first day. These students should go directly to the main hall upon arrival to school.

Families with children in different year groups are permitted to bring all their children in at the same time. If you are on holiday or are not in the area on the dates above, your child or children will be picked up from Monday 6 September, depending on the day of their return to school

Students will receive their second Lateral Flow test on their first full day at school in September.

A staggered start will help to ensure we can carry our the second of two lateral flow tests.

Staggered return to school dates

  • Thursday 2 September – Training Day
  • Friday 3 September – Training Day
  • Monday 6 September – Years 7, 8 and 13 return
  • Tuesday 7 September – Years 10 and 11 return
  • Wednesday 8 September – Years 9 and 12 return (all students in school)

The school day commences at 8:35am. Students should be on the school site prior to the start of the day.

Entrances to the school site in September

From September, students will be able to access the school site from 8:20am using the gate near the technology block next to the bus bay. Students arriving by bus must use this gate. The gate next to the main entrance will also be opened for students travelling on foot or being dropped off. Both gates will be opened prior to the end of school for students to exit.

Please note, from September the Park Street gate will not be open for students as it used to be.

School uniform

As you are aware, we are introducing a new uniform from September. We are conscious of the considerable costs to families and therefore will be phasing in the new uniform from September.

All students will be given the new Manor School tie before they leave for the end of this academic year. If your child or children have not received their tie because they were self-isolating or absent from school, they can collect one from Manor School main reception between 10:00am-11:00am Monday to Friday throughout the summer break.

All Year 7 students in the 2021-2022 academic year will be expected to wear the new Manor School uniform. Students in Year 8-11 in the 2021-2022 academic year are permitted to wear the old uniform until the old uniform needs to be replaced, at which point we request that parents/carers purchase the new uniform. The old uniform has now been discontinued with our uniform suppliers.

We do accept that students in Year 8 to Year 11 in the 2021-2022 academic year may well be in a mix of the old uniform and the new one i.e. black blazer with Manor School badge (legacy uniform) and grey trousers (new uniform) etc. The same applies to PE kit.

Families will no longer be expected to replace the old Manor School badge on the black blazer with a new Manor School badge.

The new uniform policy can be found here.

Whilst we are in the transitional phase of moving from the old to the new branding of uniform, there will inevitably be some in-year admissions that require the old-style blazers to avoid a new student appearing different to their peers. If you are happy to donate an old-style blazer to a happy home, please can it be stored in a sealed bag and handed in at main reception. If reception is unmanned at any point when you arrive, please leave the parcel by the main reception door with a note on top saying ‘uniform’. We will launder before redistributing. Many thanks in advance for your kindness.

Main reception summer opening times

Manor School reception will be open 09:00-13:00 every day during the holidays.

If you arrive at reception at find it is unmanned, a contact number will be left for you to contact someone on the school site.

School transport

We are in the process of sending allocation letters to parents/carers of students who have applied for school transport.

Following the trial timings for route 1 and route 4 in early July, and based on feedback from students, parents and the operator, we have chosen to retain the existing routes and times. All of these details will be included on the letters sent to parents/carers via schoolcomms.

Careers Information, Advice & Guidance meetings

Over the past two weeks Year 10 students have been asked to complete a questionnaire which indicates their likely post-16 intentions and destinations after students have completed their GCSEs. This questionnaire will provide important information in scheduling group and individual meetings with Mr. Hill from the start of September.

There will also be information provided in assemblies about the range of options which students need to explore, and there are a number of useful links to further education colleges, apprenticeships and the Manor School Sixth Form on the school website.

If you have any questions about this transition process, please contact Mrs Smedley on lsmedley@manor.school.

Music Summer Showcase

The music department have put together a summer showcase which includes snippets of our students displaying their musical talents. We hope you enjoy watching.


As we approach the summer break, we encourage any parents/carers who are concerned around potential criminal activity they may have witnessed within the community, but are worried about repercussions, to report into the police using Crimestoppers. This is a service that guarantees your anonymity and helps everyone on the community to stay safe.

Additionally, you may continue to contact smitchell@manor.school if you have any concerns around your child or others at Manor School.

Screen time and privacy settings

With the summer holidays coming up and lockdown ending, naturally screen time among our young people will increase. Internet Matters have created a guide with tips on how to manage their screen time.

Additionally, National Online Safety have produced the following visual guides for how to set up privacy controls on both Android and Apple phones.

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The Manor Exchange

The Manor Exchange is an extension of the school’s strategy for Careers, Enterprise and Work-Related Learning in enhancing our links with local labour markets, employers, training providers and former students to develop the engagement our students have with the world of work and the local economy.

We would welcome developing links with all sectors of the local economy but we are particularly interested to engage with employers who can provide information, advice & guidance about apprenticeship pathways in construction, hair & beauty, transport & logistics, and health & social care.

If you and/or your company or organisation would like to support our young people and are able to contribute to this strategy, we would be extremely grateful if you could complete the questionnaire using the following link:

Languages newsletter

The second edition of the monthly student languages newsletter is here, sharing information about the culture in French and Spanish speaking countries around the world. This edition also includes some information about traditions in Germany.

Manor Maths Challenges

There's a challenge for every day of the summer holidays in the final edition of Mrs Radd's blog for this academic year. See how many of the 42 puzzles you can solve.

Medical webinars

DoctorsLive are running a number of online programs during the summer holiday aimed at students aged 14+ interested in a career in healthcare.

How to save a life - Thursday 29 July, 6pm-8pm

In this session they will teach the principles of life support, as well as how healthcare professionals assess and treat unwell patients. They will also go through some interactive scenarios. The session is delivered by fully qualified medical doctors. Registration is free.

Interactive virtual clinic – Saturday 21 August, 10am–5pm

This session will give students a real taste of what it is like to be a doctor and to be in the clinic room using the latest innovative virtual technology. Students will also get a chance to learn how to examine the human body with their own stethoscope. This is a paid event - register here.

Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first serve basis. DoctorsLive offer bursaries for students to widen participation - email them to find out more (info@doctorslive.co.uk).

Exam certificates


We currently have the following vacancies:

  • Catering Assistant
  • Cover Supervisor
  • Exams and Data Assistant

Please see the images below for more information about each post, or visit our website.

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Youth club

NMPAT Playwrights competition

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