Principal's Weekly Bulletin

Dear parents and carers

It has been great being back in school this week, following the chaos and disruption caused by the snow and freezing temperatures. Closing the school due to inclement weather or unsafe conditions is one of the hardest decisions to make as a headteacher as there are so many complex factors to consider. Schools try their very best to remain open when challenging weather arrives as we never want to compromise the education of our students, however preserving the safety of everyone in the school community is of paramount importance and this is always the key driver for me when I have to make this decision. I cannot emphasise enough the incredible work our site team do to make the school safe when we experience heavy snowfall, however for three days last week the conditions were simply too dangerous both at UCC and on the surrounding routes into Uppingham.

When we returned on Monday there was still a large amount of snow in certain areas and we signposted the exit to our car park as an area to be very careful, for parents collecting their children from school. Our staff manage the traffic in and out of our car park extremely well on a daily basis and I have never worked in a school where the approach is as professional and diligent from the site team. I would appreciate all parents and carers respecting the direction and organisation provided by the site team when driving onto the UCC car park; they are there to ensure everyone’s safety.

Next week we welcome our Spanish exchange students on Thursday and I must thank the UCC families who will be accommodating them during their stay with us.

My final message for this week is to remind Year 9 parents about the parents’ evening on Thursday 15th March; I look forward to seeing you there.

Have a lovely weekend

Mr B Solly