Dear Parents,

Welcome to this week’s Newsletter.

Meet SLT

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Meet SLT gathering Wednesday morning. It was exciting to be able to share the extension plans with you and discuss associated questions. There is much still to do to get this in place and there will undoubtedly be many challenges along the way but an incredible amount of hard work and planning has already gone in to reaching this point. I will hold regular update meetings as the project progresses over the next few months. The feedback I have received from both staff and parent groups has been incredibly positive and I have been able to sense the excitement at all the meetings this week. If you are yet to see the plans, don’t worry, further opportunities will follow in future months.

It also gave me the opportunity to update the community with regards to staffing movements and changes over the next few weeks, more of which below and for Marie Moreton, our Head of Primary to talk about the next exciting community project we are planning for the Pirate’s Cove. Further information will follow in the next few weeks so please keep an eye out for this. It was such a fantastic team effort last year and I am really looking forward to seeing what ideas and designs the students will come up with, this time around.


Britannica is experiencing something of a Baby Boom! Katalin Bodnar, our Head of Marketing and Admissions and someone many of you know extremely well, is leaving us to go on maternity on 31st January. We wish her well and look forward to her return next year. From next Monday, Eszter Monos will be joining our Admissions and Marketing team.

In addition to Katy Brandon going on maternity leave at half term, Katalin Balogh, our Primary Music teacher will also be taking her leave at this point. We will update you with regards to her maternity cover replacement in due course.

A reminder that Nigel Muter will be joining us from next week as a teacher of Art and History. Further thanks to Tina Gibson who we look forward to seeing play an integral part in the Pirate Cove project during the remainder of the year. She will also be continuing to run her Primary ECA’s.

Entry cards

A reminder to all parents, staff and students that, for everyone with the Britannica community’s safety and security, it is essential that you bring your personalised entry card to scan in, and scan out of the school. Our security team are under strict instructions not to permit entry on to the school site to anybody without a card. If you do happen to forget your card, please come to the front gate. The security guard can then check your identity with reception and gain permission for you to sign in. It is not possible to enter the school through the back gate without your entry card. Thank you for following the system, I am sure you appreciate and realise the importance of the rules that are in place.


A polite reminder that we are all part of the local community and must ensure that we park in appropriate places. The residents around the school are friendly and welcoming but find it frustrating if their gates or garages are blocked or drivers repeatedly use their horns. Thank you for your understanding.

Have a fantastic weekend

Kind regards

Neil McGarry