Summer Arrangements 16/07/2021

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Dear Parents and Carers,

At the end of a challenging year for everyone in our school, local and wider community, I would like to thank all of you for your support of the school. I am incredibly proud of our students – their resilience, compassion and strength of character has been truly outstanding, and I hope they all enjoy a well earned break this summer. I am sure you will join me in also thanking our excellent teachers and support staff who have worked so hard for the young people throughout the pandemic.

Below is an outline of arrangements for the start of the new term. In line with government guidance, and to allow for on-site lateral flow testing, the start of the school year will be staggered.

Please be reminded that Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th September are training days and only staff will attend school.

According to current guidance, all students will be offered two lateral flow tests on their return to school in September. Arrangements for this process will be published during the Summer holidays and the start of term will be very slightly staggered to allow this to happen.

How the tests work
In-school tests will be supervised by trained staff. Most students will be used to the process by now, but we assure new Year 7 parents and carers that we will be particularly careful with the supervision of their children, for whom this may be new. Students will swab themselves. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, this time using a double nasal swab. Results (which take around half an hour) will be shared with the individual participant. Parents/ carers will also be informed of positive tests.

During the holidays, we will be sending out links to an electronic consent form and a privacy notice for you to opt into testing. The testing is voluntary and students will not be tested without consent.

Arrangements for Testing Wednesday 8th September

Year 7 Transition day (Arrival 8:45am)
Year 8 to Year 10 on the Learning Portal at home (unless being invited in for testing)
*Year 11 are on Work Experience week beginning the 6th September.
*Year 12 and Year 13 timetables will begin on Monday 13th September

On-site testing

Year 7 – test 1 (morning)
Year 10 – test 1 (afternoon)
Exact times for testing will be shared with Yr10 parents over the Summer holidays.

Thursday 9th September

Year 7 and Year 8 in school.
Years 9 + 10 on the Learning Portal at home (unless being invited in for testing)

On-site testing

Year 8 – test 1 (morning)
Year 9 – test 1 (afternoon)
Exact times for testing will be shared with Yr9 parents over the Summer holidays.


Friday 10th September

Year 7 to Year 10 students in school.

On-site testing

6th Form – test 1 (morning)

Yr11 students who are not in placements – test 1(afternoon)

Exact times for testing will be shared wit h Year 11 – 13 parents over the Summer holidays

Monday 13th September

Year 7 to Year 13 students in school.

On-site testing

Year 11 students who have been on work Placement – test 1.

All students will receive their second test during the course of this week.

I wish you and your family all the very best for the summer. Take care and stay safe.


Yours Faithfully,

Mr B Robson

Letter to Parents 07.06.2021

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Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

We have carried out an additional risk assessment and have made the decision that Year 12 examinations will resume, as planned, on Tuesday 8th June.

To ensure we mitigate against the risk of transmission of Covid, please take note of the following:

  • Students should arrive in school no earlier than 10 minutes before their first examination and go directly to the Sixth Form Hall. Desks will be suitably distanced.
  • At the end of examinations, students are encouraged to go home to study and not return until their next examination.
  • However, it is completely understood that some students will have consecutive examinations, meaning home study will not be feasible at certain times. In these instances, students are welcome to revise in the Sixth Form study area.

Students will need to bring a packed lunch if they intend to stay in school between morning and afternoon sessions.

Masks must be worn at all times (apart from those who are exempt), during examinations and in other areas of the school.

Examinations postponed today, 7th June, will be rearranged to take place at the end of the assessment period.

The above arrangements are in place for this week and will be reviewed ahead of 14th June.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.


Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson



Brighten the Day Cook and Eat Boxes

RE: Holiday & Activities Programme – BrightenTheDay ‘Cook n’ Eat’ Boxes

Dear Parent/Guardian

We are writing to tell you that following the success of last summers Summer Cook n’ Eat boxes, where many Gateshead families received a box of ingredients and a recipe card to cook a healthy meal together, that we’re doing it again this Easter!

As part of our expanded 2021 Holidays & Activities Programme, we’re going one step further than last year by offering you and your family an Easter Cook n’ Eat box with enough fresh food ingredients to cook FIVE meals.

Our boxes will be delivered direct to your doorstep and contain all the ingredients and instructions required to make delicious, nutritious family meals together. The best part is they’re completely free!

If you would like to receive one of our Easter Cook n’ Eat boxes please register your interest with us by emailing using the title ‘Cook n Eat’ no later than Friday 19th March so we can place the correct number of orders with our suppliers.

Your emailed response MUST contain:

  • your full name
  • full postal address
  • a contact telephone number, preferably a mobile number so we can text you your delivery date and time.

PLEASE NOTE: Any requests for Cook n Eat boxes made after the 19th March deadline date will not be fulfilled.

We’re really keen to make sure that as many families as possible receive and enjoy one of our boxes, therefore we encourage you to respond to this letter as soon as possible.

We also have lots of other activities available throughout the school holiday periods. You can see what else your family can enjoy by visiting

We hope to hear from you soon, and hope to be delivering a Cook n’ Eat box to your door this Easter. In the meantime, have a lovely Easter and we hope the bunny is kind!


Best wishes

The BrightenTheDay Team

Gateshead Council


Letter to Parents dated 06/01/2021

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6th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

In light of this afternoon’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, and the national lockdown implemented this week, I am writing to outline some important changes to future arrangements. I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the excellent start our students have made with their remote lessons. We are sad that we can’t have our whole school community together at this time, but I would like to reassure all parents that teachers and support staff are available in school during our normal school hours, if you need any support.

Cancellation of January Vocational Examinations – Years 10-13

After much consideration, we have taken the decision to cancel the external examinations that were due to take place from 11th January in Business, Engineering, Health & Social Care and Sport. We have received assurances that candidates will not be disadvantaged if they do not sit these assessments, and it is our judgment that it would not be fair on the students to continue with these examinations. However, I fully understand that many students will have worked extremely hard and some may wish to sit their papers as planned. If this applies to your son or daughter, please contact the school as matter of urgency, no later than Friday at 10am, for the attention of Mrs. J. Nelson ( or 0191 4877638).

Summer Examinations

The Secretary of State for Education confirmed that A Level, AS Level and GCSE examinations for Summer 2021 would be cancelled and replaced with a system of teacher assessments. So far, there are few details about how this assessment will be carried out. However, in the coming weeks, Ofqual will be carrying out a consultation to ensure grades are awarded consistently and fairly. At this stage, details have not been confirmed regarding BTEC, Cambridge Nationals or Technical assessments.

It is very important that Year 11 and Year 13 students realise that, however it may be reported, the government as not said that the assessment of students has been cancelled. Therefore, it is vital that Year 11 and 13 students fully engage with their online lessons, not only for the sake of important learning, but to ensure they are in the best position possible, for whatever system of assessment is arrived at in the end.

 Remote Teaching

Due to the national lockdown from 5th January, learners in all year groups have moved to remote teaching until further notice, except for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. This is a change to the staggered start to the term outlined in my previous letter.

Thank you to all our parents and carers for supporting our remote teaching this week. The young people have made an impressive start to the new term and we have been very encouraged by the levels of engagement so far.

  • We hope that all our pupils have enjoyed their lessons. It has been wonderful to see such high levels of engagement from all year-groups
  • Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 have taken part in live Teams lessons this week and the staff team wanted to congratulate the pupils on their excellent behaviour and attitudes to learning.
  • Tutors have been tracking pupil engagement in learning since Monday morning and they have started to contact families and offer support, where needed.
  • Most of the logging on and password issues have now been resolved and I wanted to thank our office staff on your behalf for their proactive approach to resolving any issues.
  • We will obviously be constantly updating and developing our remote provision. I will keep parents up to date with the changes, as they occur.

School Transport

All scholars’ routes, including the Ouston bus, are running as usual.  Please note there will be only one bus for each route. Students are reminded to wear face coverings at all times on the bus, and to sit in their year group bubbles.

Mass Testing

The plan to begin the COVID lateral flow testing students from 11th January has been delayed due to the new lockdown restrictions. It is our intention that testing of consenting staff and those pupils attending school at present will begin later this month.

Please see my previous letter, dated 31st December, for information about access to devices, free school meals and provision for vulnerable/critical worker children.

Many thanks for your ongoing support of the school, as well your patience and understanding, at this challenging time for everyone in our community.


Mr. B. Robson


Letter to Parents dated 31/12/2020

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31st December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all had a peaceful Christmas. In response to the government announcement on 30th December, I am writing to outline the changes we are making to the arrangements for the start of the new term.

Staff Training for Lateral Flow Testing  

As previously communicated, Monday 4th January is a staff training day and school is closed to pupils. Pupils in Years 7-11 will be able to access lessons remotely from Monday 4th January. Pupils in Years 12 and 13 will be able to access lessons remotely from Tuesday 5th January.

Lateral Flow Testing

We are busy arranging the site and resources to allow us to support the mass community testing programme. We hope to have detailed information and consent forms available for parents during the week commencing 4th January. Testing for Years 11 and 13 will take place from 11th January, and from 18th January for other year groups.

Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9:

  • will be expected to access remote learning from Monday 4th until Friday 15th January
  • will be able to follow the instructions on the school website to access lessons
  • will resume face-to-face lessons in school on Monday 18th January

Students in Years 10 and 12

  • Year 10 will be expected to access remote learning from Monday 4th until Friday 15th January
  • Year 12 will be expected to access remote learning from Tuesday 5th until Friday 15th January
  • Years 10 and 12 will resume face-to-face lessons in school on Monday 18th January

In line with government guidance, we have had to cancel the face-to-face provision planned for Year 10 and 12 students with external vocational examinations in January. These sessions will now take place remotely and information will follow about how to access them:

Year 12 Health & Social Care Thursday 7th January Times TBC
Year 12 Sport Friday 8th January Times TBC
Year 10 Health & Social Care Friday 8th January Times TBC

Students in Years 11 and 13

  • Year 11 will be expected to access remote learning from Monday 4th until Friday 8th January
  • Year 13 will be expected to access remote learning from Tuesday 5th January until Friday 8th January
  • Years 11 and 13 will resume face-to-face lessons in school on Monday 11th January

Additional study support sessions, for those students involved in external vocational examinations in January, will now be delivered remotely from 5th to 8th January.

Children of Key Workers

The children of key workers are welcome to attend school as normal from Tuesday 5th January, even if the rest of their year group is learning remotely. If you would like to book a place for your son or daughter, please email the school before Monday 4th January. Please provide the following information: name, year/tutor group and the dates they will attend school from 5th – 15th January, as well as your occupation and place of work. Requests only need to be made for the period when your child’s year group is learning remotely.

Vulnerable Children

Vulnerable children should attend school as normal from Tuesday 5th January. Families of vulnerable children will be contacted on Monday 4th January.

External Examinations

External vocational examinations for Year 10-13 students will go ahead as scheduled from 11th January. Please see the link to the timetable below.

Internal Examinations

Year 10 internal examinations have been moved back and will now begin on 18th January. Please see the link to the updated timetable below.

Free School Meals

If your son or daughter is entitled to a free school meal and you would like the school to provide lunch each day, please e-mail the school before Monday 4th January. Please write the words SCHOOL MEAL in the subject of the email.

IT Access

If your son or daughter will be unable to access an IT device for any reason from 5th January, please email the school before 4th January 2021. Please write the words IT SUPPORT in the subject of the email.


The school bus service will be operating its normal schedule.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Children

Shielding advice is currently in place in tier 4 areas, and so all children still deemed clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school in all local restriction tiers, in line with the arrangements for their year-group peers. If you have received notification that your child is extremely clinically vulnerable and advised to shield, please contact the school by Monday 4th January.

The email address for all correspondence is

Examination timetables are available on the website:

I would like to thank you for your support, patience and understanding. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.


Mr. B. Robson



Ofsted Visit 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been notified today that Ofsted will be carrying out an interim visit to Cardinal Hume Catholic School tomorrow, 20th of October 2020. It will be conducted by two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors.

Details about the purpose of this visit can be found at:

Ofsted will produce a letter after the visit outlining their findings and I will publish this for parents once it has been received.

Yours faithfully,


Mr. Robson,

Acting Head Teacher

Mandatory Face Coverings

In the light of local restrictions in our area, and discussions with Public Health England this evening, face coverings will become mandatory in communal areas of the school, for all students, staff and visitors, from Monday 21.9.20 (unless exempt).

We are encouraging people in school to begin to wear face coverings in communal areas from Friday 18.9.20 but understand that some may need the weekend to prepare.

Masks must be completely plain in design and black or white in colour. Disposable masks will be available for students tomorrow but they will need to provide their own from Monday. We hope that this will be a short-term measure until local cases are controlled.

We thank you for your continued support.

Late Results 2020

Examination Results 2020

Congratulations to all Year 11 and Year 13 students on their achievements.   We are proud of all the hard work and commitment from our talented students and staff that has contributed to these results.  


Late Results  The following results are delayed: 

Year 11:   L2 BTEC Art,  L2 BTEC Performing Arts,  L2 OCR Cambridge Nationals 

Year 12 and 13:   L2 BTEC Business and Enterprise,  L3 BTEC Applied Science

We will collate and forward any delayed results as soon as possible.


Enquiries   Please email before Thursday 27th August for any queries related to examinations.   We will endeavour to reply as soon as possible but an immediate response may not be possible in all cases as we wait for additional information. We will reply in any case by Friday 4th September.

Lightwater Valley Trip 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian

The school is organising a day out to Lightwater Valley on Thursday 18th July 2019.  It is for those pupils who have achieved the targets set for behaviour and attendance.

The cost of the visit will be £29.  This includes entry into the Theme Park, insurance and the coach travel.  No other costs are incurred, but pupils may wish to take some additional spending money.

We will be leaving school at 9.00am and returning to school at approximately 5.30pm.  Pupils must of course be in school by the normal start of the day at 8.45am.  Pupils must make their own arrangements for getting home from school when the coach returns.

Your child will need to wear suitable clothing but not club football tops.  A packed lunch is recommended, although there are outlets for buying food and drink in the Theme Park.  Pupils who are on free school meals will have a packed lunch provided by the School.

I must stress that places will be on a first come first served basis on payment of monies.  I must point out however, that once a pupil has paid, we are unable to return any money if they change their minds for any reason.

If you wish your child to go please make payment by Friday 7th June 2019.  Due to high number of attendees on this trip we request that payment is made online via our ParentPay system to prevent high levels of cash coming into school.   Please see reverse of letter for instructions.  If paying by cash/cheque please complete and return the reply slip below.  For payment using Parent Pay consent for your child to attend the event can be given via a tick box as part of the payment process.

Yours faithfully

Mr S. Warren

Head of House

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