Dear families,

This week students have again been successful in a wide range of events. From Year 7s coming joint first amongst schools from 37 countries in the challenge round of the Ovid Competition, to visiting the pantomine in Bury St Edmunds, welcoming employers for the health & social care sector and taking part in the wonderful Winter Concert.

Careers Newsletter & Sixth Form Applications

Parents and close family members are the number one influencers on a young person’s future decisions and aspirations. The more you know about options and opportunities, the more likely you will be able to discuss and help guide them through secondary education, college or sixth form, university or apprenticeships into employment.

Our expertly curated weekly careers newsletter allows you to spot careers activities that might interest your young person and help them decide on their next steps, broaden their horizons and importantly give them something interesting to add to a university, job or apprenticeship application so please take a few minutes to scan through regularly.

You can access the regularly updated newsletter as a Padlet at

Students in Year 11 can also make their application to our growing and successful Sixth Form by going to our website at

We have already received almost 140 applications, including many students from other local schools. Applying before Christmas helps ensure a place on the most popular courses. If you have any questions about the Sixth Form please email 

Online Safety Newlsetter

You can find the latest edition of our regular online safety newsletter on our website at The newsletter features information about Snapchat, age ratings, fake profiles and online bullying with many links to other helpful resources.

Recent survey results show that one third of young people have been exposed to inappropriate communication and information whilst online. In addition, looking at the rapid increase in online incidents, it is a stark reminder of the potential for harm to our young people without our guidance and oversight. Please discuss the key messages at home as we will continue to do in school. We also recently shared a guide for families on keeping safe online, you can download it at

Flu Vaccination consent by 13 December

We are very fortunate to have the schools vaccination team of nurses visiting school next week. Full information is at and consent needs to be provided before 13 December.

Christmas Reminders

You may have noticed on our social media channels the photos of our resident Elf, and are looking forward to further events in the next week and a half. You can find all the details at

Booking for Christmas lunch is now closed, but on Friday 15 December students will be able to wear non-uniform provided they wear something festive, for the donation of £1 which will be shared between our five house charities. Please note that no crop tops, low cut tops or offensive slogan clothing will be permitted.

As we mentioned least week, our seasonal Happy Shed is now open to receive donations which can be brought to shcool or to the library or leisure centre.

Finally, if your child mentions to you then you will know that they have listened well in assembly this week. Recommended by one of our year 7 students, Ecosia is a simple way to help raise money for tree planting and protection. The assemblies were led by our Eco Committee, who have been working incredibly hard to make our local, national and global environment a healthier place.

We are proud of the achievements of all our studens and are grateful for all the positive and encourgaing messages that we have received about their achievements, kindness and positivity.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thomas Gainsborough School