Student survey and Exams 2021


I write to you at the end of another eventful week at Friesland School, but once again a successful one. The community continue to show amazing resilience in the face of rising local cases of coronavirus, with attendance figures amongst students and staff considerably higher than the national average. I thank everyone for that continued commitment, and for the efforts everyone made towards today’s fundraising for our #MellowYellow initiative. We’ve raised a significant amount of money for charity today, and it was a real joy at the gate this morning as we shook our collection buckets!

As we move towards the end of the half term I am really keen to hear your views on Friesland’s re-opening, and the views of our students. To that end I would like to launch both a parent and student survey today, the links to both of which are below. I will also share the student survey via their year group Google classrooms. I am really interested in your views, which I will consider as we discuss any potential changes from November and beyond.

Parent survey link:

Student survey link:

I look forward to hearing your views, the surveys will remain open until October 23rd..

I am sure that you have heard the news on exams coming from Scotland, which may well impact on the thinking in England. I can assure you that we have a plan in place should exams be removed again in 2021, or altered in some way. I am currently in the process of meeting with each department to finalise specific plans, which I will publish in November, hopefully after a final decision from Government on exams in England.

I have been asked by the local council and police to pass on some concerns regarding our students mixing on local parks on the way home from school. Can I ask that students try to stay in their year group ‘bubbles’ whilst they leave the site, as that keeps the risk of transmission as low as possible.

As in previous weeks, I would like to thank all students and staff of Friesland School for their work this week and this term so far. As the world continues to be a very different place, education has essentially continued as normal for five weeks. That can only happen through a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment from our entire extended community. I hope you all have a restful and relaxing weekend.

Your sincerely

Craig Patterson