Dear families,

We have had such a packed week with: dance and public speaking competitions; practical exams with students cooking 3 course meal; an exciting Y9 options evening; and more support given to students to students with their revision. This means that this week we will have a two part email with more detail being emailed to you on Monday morning. 

Term Dates 2024-25

Following the Trust decision to have a two week half term break in October/November we have been able to complete our school plan for term dates for the coming academic year.

You can always find this information about term dates and key calendar events on our website at 

Reading Activities

We regularly publish news articles are resources on our website. We have summarised the information about our latest reading events at

We are also so pleased with the number of completed book reviews from students from our TGS 50 Fiction and Non-Fiction lists available at These reviews contribute towards evidence for ribbons and awards as well as the coveted TGS 50 badge.

Next week we will have assemblies focused on the enjoyment of reading, activities on World Book Day and the provision of vouchers which can be used for free or discounted books.

Now that we are fortunate to again have a large bookshop in Sudbury and many excellent independent book shops in our larger villages using these vouchers is a great way to support your child's interest in reading. There is more information and guide to help select books for students to read at 

Online Safety Newsletter March

Included in this month's e-safety newsletter is helpful advice about a particular concern of our own; that is the enormous amount of time our young people spend on their phones and other devices.As users of phones we are given a weekly report of screen time and a breakdown of the areas where this time is spent.

It is not unusual to hear that some students have spent over six hours a day on their phone alone, not including any gaming time on another device. These extended hours are sometimes spent on social media apps alone.

There is overwhelming evidence that this is not supportive of good mental health and wellbeing. Perhaps this is a good time to have a discussion and look at the tips to support reducing the time spent online, and using the wellbeing tools or screentime tools built into many phones.

The full newsletter can be downladed from  

We hope that the sky has been as blue for you at home as it was for us at school this afternoon.

Seeing the range of bulbs erupt and new trees and hedges, planted by students, start to bud and blossom has given a wonderful spring feel and energy to students and lessons.

We hope that you also get to enjoy time outdoors, as well as enjoying reading and time away from screens this weekend.

Thomas Gainsborough School