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Welcome to the Sydenham School weekly e-newsletter: Edition 123
we have listened to what parents have said about what they want from the newsletter and made some changes….


Important letter from our Headteacher

The school’s Senior Leaders tour the new school


Earlier this week the whole of the school’s Leadership Team toured the new school building together. The final touches are being put together before we move in over the Easter holiday and it was great to see how the building will look and work. The spaces, the facilities and the general feel of the building really impressed everyone. There are some really quirky touches, bespoke sewing tables in textiles rooms which allow students to swivel between a sewing station and a writing station, a lighting rig in one of the drama studios so performing arts students can learn technical skills and a roof terrace for sixth formers amongst others. The soft furnishings have started to arrive and the interior design is really becoming apparent now. The quality of the room finishes and the fixed furniture is impressive, these spaces will be a delight to teach and learn in.

We have begun thinking about how we will actually use the building, designing queuing strategies to move students into the dining hall and out again in a calm and measured manner to improve the lunchtime experience. We can seat nearly double the amount of students at lunchtime than we can seat now but with the best will in the world we can’t fit the whole school in the dining hall at the same time so we will still have some students on 2nd sitting. We are looking at how we support students to find their way round the new building, to move between floors, with the introduction of “Up” and “Down” staircases, and with changing  classrooms after Easter. Once again our outside space will change so we will be moving picnic tables and benches to provide as much social space as we can.

Everyone loved wandering around the new teaching spaces, imagining them with a full class, with displays up and books out as the busy spaces they will soon be. It really does feel like the building is about to wake up and start work!

Sydenham in the news!  

Accelerated Reader  

These are the current Accelerated Reader word millionaires! A special congratulations to Rebecca Rasciukeviciute and Isabella Linton for reading three million words this year!


Stem Lecture

STEM series lecture for the 12th March has been rescheduled for later on in the year due to a clash with another event  the main school hall.
New date to be published in the  newsletter very soon.


Career choices

From WBC recommendations: a new guide published today with information for parents on helping girls with careers choices

Your Daughter’s Future: supporting girls to choose from a full range of careers


Bring your own device (BYOD) scheme

We are currently seeking parent views on the idea of allowing all students to bring tablet or laptop devices to school with them through a “Bring your own Device” (or BYOD) scheme.

The practice is now widespread across the business world, and is increasing in popularity within schools and universities.

We invite all parents to respond with their views on this approach by completing the survey here:

We are closing the survey on Friday 13th March

Assessment and Reporting Calendar

In light of our exciting building move during the next few weeks, we have made some changes to the school’s assessment calendar. You can find a copy of the updated calendar here:

Mr Mark Guest
Assistant Headteacher

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