Welcome from the Head

Kathy Pacey

Dear Families. 

I have chosen to update my Headteacher message in this time of uncertainty. Our educational landscape has changed along with our daily lives. We know we need to be resilient and take it day by day, trying to remain positive while carefully following all guidelines. We find ourselves in circumstances we have not experienced before and it is imperative we help our community to support all of those in need.  Times such as these require community cohesion and care and I am sure we are ready to do everything we can to support the vulnerable in our Teddington community.

I am very proud of my staff at Teddington School. They have been and will continue to work tirelessly to support students, providing work for students to do at home and emailing families to keep in touch.

Of course it is not ideal that so much of time in school is being missed, but the reality is the education of  students will be caught up and anything missed will be covered in the months ahead. School life has simply taken a pause for the time being.  We as a staff body are continuing to work from home and will continue to improve our methods of contact, feedback and online learning. Please be patient with us as this is a large change to the way we have worked thus far. Rest assured though, we are making improvements in virtual communication every day. Ms Barham has created a useful home learning guide for parents and students to use to help you schedule your learning here.  It is at times like this when family becomes hugely important to everyone in the household and I urge you to take care of yourselves and keep dialogues frequent and open between yourselves and your children.

Also please do keep in touch via our twitter account with daily updates.

The Government are currently working on a national voucher scheme to support parents of children who are eligible for free school meals. In the meantime, we have free school meals available to be picked up from Teddington School reception each day.

Updates on year 11 and year 13 grades will come soon. I understand the concern with grading and the disappointment for both students and staff to not have an opportunity to take the exams in the subjects they have been working so hard on over these last months.
With all the data we have gathered in, based on our Mock exam results, I can promise you we were on track for some fantastic GCSE and A level results. Please appreciate that we cannot give any further information on grades at present until we have more guidance from the Government. I will keep you constantly updated as we learn more ourselves.

Teddington staff are determined to organise an event to celebrate Year 11 success at Teddington School, which we will schedule in as soon as life gets back to normal. We will be ready for a celebration then!

It has been an extremely turbulent and emotional time and I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and encouragement during this period. We have been overwhelmed with kind words and they are bringing us great joy to read. Thank you to all of you for taking the time to write in, it boosts our morale no end.

Keep well. Stay safe.

Ms K Pacey


 

Inclusivity lies at the heart of what we do and so we plan our school day around supporting, challenging and motivating all our students, all of the time.

 

I feel strongly that school should be a happy and safe environment for students to come to each day; we want them to thrive and achieve. This can only be realised by them being challenged and supported by all staff, at all times.

My staff came into teaching to make a difference and to improve the lives of young people and that is what we are determined to do. Our aim, ultimately, is to provide a quality education that prepares Teddington students for life beyond school.  

I have been Headteacher now for a year and I have been watching us, as a school community, grow stronger and stronger every day. We are delighted to welcome a full intake of students to Year 7 and continue to grow our sixth form.

The year ahead will be a big year for us and staff are working hard to continue the tide of progress forward. We continue to have a relentless drive on making our pedagogy and school environment the very best that it can be, so I am pleased to be overseeing the growth and embedding of the great work that was achieved during the last academic year. 

Our school values drive students' ambitions each day:

  • Responsibility - for my own achievements; for my own behaviour around school; for my life chances
  • Endeavour - to try my hardest to achieve what I want to achieve - I will never give up
  • Empathy - to understand and share the feelings of those around me, and strive to achieve together
  • Integrity - to uphold moral principles- challenge negativity and be a great team player
  • Innovation - to strive to create new ideas.

We look forward to working hard with our students again this year. Please know my door is always open, as ever, any time, if you have anything you want to discuss. I welcome all interactions with parents, students and all Teddington stakeholders.  

Thank you in advance for your support. 

Ms Pacey

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Twitter
- May 26
https://t.co/zd9JNORkfH has the news for students with discussion points and activities. There's quite a topical one today. I can imagine what a lot of our students think about this article... ! @thedaytweets #teddington #DicussIssues https://t.co/tB9JAe7Ht3
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- May 25
Workers able to take their scrubs home safely in their bags courtesy of our students and Mrs Bassett. It’s a privilege to help #teddington #kingston #community #scrubbags #dowhatyoucan https://t.co/ilXOMIKo5W
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- May 25
Need some ideas for half term? See what your teachers suggest! Will you bake Ms Foley's recipe? Or listen to Mr Salter's playlist?https://t.co/X3LeFRQ4JY Or complete one of the 'Make the Most of May' challenges! You choose! #activeminds #teddington #HalfTerm
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- May 22
One click a day competition is open and an exhibition is scheduled to be in the Rose Theatre at a later stage. Have a look at the link below and get involved! https://t.co/7xCAGOMBQy #getsnapping #teddington #clickphotography
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- May 21
@molbobolly We sent a survey to years 10 and 12 families as these are the only year groups which the government will allow to have some face to face contact, so the survey will only apply to them. If you want to share any views though please do email info@teddingtonschool.org. Thank you.
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- May 21
We are planning a phased return for year 10 and 12 in line with government guidelines. Parents, we would really appreciate you completing the survey and let us know your views by the end of today, if possible. Thank you in advance #teddington #safetyfirst #wevemissedyou
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- May 20
Our wonderful Eve, year 11, has been volunteering at the food bank collecting donations for food parcel outside Tesco. She is generous with time and spirit, and we are so proud of her; she is making a difference. #teddington #volunteering #community #dowhatyoucan https://t.co/S0Wwow46G7
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- May 20
#OnlineSafetyAtHome is so important for young people who are spending much longer on a laptop than usual. CEOP have released some really good videos and resources designed to last 15 minutes each: https://t.co/Lxf9PIUn3y #staysafe #onlinesafety #teddington
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- May 18
Leadership teams in all schools have a lot to think about and we are working hard behind the scenes to make sure we get it right for our students, families and staff #safetyfirst #thinkingcapsareon #teddington https://t.co/3g6zT69tLw
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- May 18
Year 7 English were asked to write an imaginary autobiographical entry for a circus performer entitled 'My Proudest Moment'. This is Eden's and it is definitely worth a read - it is so fabulous! Mrs Whiteside was so impressed! #teddington #youngwriters #useyourimagination https://t.co/P724vOVjek
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- May 18
At the end of this dreadful pandemic, we want our community to still be standing, and the Landmark Arts Centre is a pillar of Teddington. Please support their events and help them get to 26 years.... and 27 years.... #teddington @LandmarkArts #community #supportthroughCOVID https://t.co/IauHWywhWU
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- May 16
This week’s practical task was to make scrub bags for those workers who need to take their scrubs home safely to wash. The wonderful Mrs Bassett is busy making scrubs for workers, so she was the inspiration for this! #community #doingourbit #teddington https://t.co/mzIelO1Cv8
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