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East Dulwich


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  • Year 7 entry 2021 Digital Open Day and Headteacher's update letter

    Published 25/09/20
    Please click here to view our Year 7 Entry 2021 Digital Open Day videos.

    Headteacher's update:  Friday 25 September 2020

    Dear Parent or Carer

    • Tier 2 schooling

    • The past week

    • Powerful Knowledge Projects

    • Reading resources

    Tier 2 schooling

    The government has designated four tiers of provision in secondary schools linked to the wider public health situation. We are currently operating at Tier 1; meaning that all students are in school but subject to enhanced health measures such as the wearing of face masks and being confined to year groups during the school day. 

    Under Tier 2 rules, schools will have to implement a rota system, with students alternating between studying in-school and at home. The public health situation is such that I think it very likely the government will require schools to move to Tier 2 provision, though I cannot know when. 

    I wrote to you last week to reassure you that the School has robust plans in place for Tier 2 provision. The School website has been updated with an Information Pack that sets out those plans in much greater detail. (Please see the link to the Tier 2 Guidance below this letter.)  I would strongly encourage you to read through that information pack carefully and to discuss it with your child. We will reinforce those plans in school. 

    For now, I would ask that you note that the School will close at 12.30pm on Tuesday, 6 October in order to allow teachers and other colleagues time to do further work in departments to plan for Tier 2. The early close will not apply to students in Year 11. The School will also teach a full day of online lessons on Friday, 16 October, the last day before half term holidays, in order to prepare students for the practical realities of Tier 2 provision. This will apply to students in all year groups.

    I am of course reluctant to create more disruption by closing the School even for a short time, but I hope parents will understand the need to fully prepare for an extended period of blended learning. 

    The past week

    Students have continued to  improve and to impress. Our young people have done a much, much better job observing health measures in the past week. First thing in the morning and around meal times, almost all students had face masks; at least half wore them without having to be reminded; and perhaps another third put them on quickly and without fuss once they were reminded. I would like to thank parents for their support in what is a really crucial step in keeping students safe.

    What’s more, my senior colleagues and I have collectively spent several dozen hours over the past two weeks checking on the learning taking place in classrooms, observing teachers, talking to students and checking their work. There is a calm, purposeful atmosphere in lessons with almost all students working hard almost all the of the time. 

    Powerful Knowledge Projects

    A week ago, we asked students in Years 8 and 9, who started or completed a project during the Lockdown, to notify the school of the status of that project. The school is subject to many competing priorities and cannot delay any longer the process of marking and rewarding those students whose project are already complete. I therefore respectfully ask that if your child intends to submit a completed project they do so by Friday, 2 October, at the latest. I cannot guarantee that we will be able to mark projects submitted after this date. 

    Reading resources

    The School website has been updated with information and resources designed to support parents in encouraging their children to read. There is compelling evidence that regular, age-appropriate reading outside of school contributes more to young people’s academic success than any other single factor. I’d like to thank Mr. Surridge and his colleagues in the English Department for producing Reading at TCSED

    Thank you for your continued support and kind regards.

    Mr. A. Crossman



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  • COVID-19 Information

    Published 24/09/20

    We are sharing the latest information regarding the current Coronavirus outbreak to ensure that you have access to all the current available guidance. 

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  • September Reopening: Information for parents and carers

    Published 10/07/20

    Please also read the September reopening information slides listed below

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  • Southwark Streetspace

    Published 21/05/20

    Southwark council has now launched a website where you can suggest and support ideas to help improve our streets as we recover from COVID-19.

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  • SEND information report covid-19

    Published 13/05/20

    Special arrangements in relation to COVID-19

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  • Goose Green Mutual Aid - request assistance, volunteer or donate

    Published 27/04/20

    Goose Green Mutual Aid:  Solidarity Fund and Food Bank Collections

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  • Mental Health and Well Being for Students

    Published 02/04/20

    Mental health & wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak

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  • Beware online scams - parent information

    Published 01/04/20

    Beware Online Scams - Parent information from Safer Schools Team

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  • Useful links for reading and accessing literacy activites at home

    Published 19/03/20

    Please use the links below to access useful online resources during closure

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  • Contacting your School Counsellor

    Published 17/03/20

    In the event of school closure 


    Please see below useful contacts in the event you are not able to see your School Counsellor.

    • Child Line - Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people.  Tel:0800 1111 
    • Young Minds National Charity to improve mental health of children and young people.

    Tel: 020 7089 5050

    • Samaritans - 24 hour service which offering a safe place to talk about a range of problems. 

    Tel: 116 123 (UK)

    • Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
    • If in crisis, please contact your local GP via telephone.

    Information for parents

    Please share this leaflet with your parent/carer if you are having concerns regarding your mental health and wellbeing.

    Parents/carers may contact Young Minds, free parent helpline, if they are concerned about their child's mental health. Tel: 0808 802 5544


     Young Minds Help for Parents  









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