Dear Parents

Welcome to this week’s Newsletter.

Upcoming Events

There are a range of exciting events coming up as we build towards the end of the summer term. The last week of term is always special as the students enjoy day trips and camps. Many tutors and class teachers will already have been in touch regarding arrangements. It really helps when parents return permission slips and any payment (if required, as many are free) as quickly as possible so that full arrangements can be made. As I am sure you recognise, the logistics of ensuring a safe and happy trip for students can be complicated so please be as understanding and supportive as possible. A reminder that any child not going on a trip is expected in school during the final week of term.

Visit of students from Quito and Moscow

We are very much looking forward to the penultimate week of the term, when we will be welcoming students from two of the other schools in the Orbital group, located in Moscow and Quito to Budapest for the very first Orbital History and Culture Trip. Mr Barker has been using his hidden talent as a travel agent to organise accommodation and activities for the students all around Budapest during that week. The programme looks action packed and very enjoyable. The students, who are all of secondary age, will also come in to Britannica and mix with our secondary students on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th June. This is our secondary sports day and there are rumours of a hotly anticipated international match to finish off the event!

Change of Regional Head of Schools

Over the last few weeks, there have been changes in staffing at Head office back in Manchester. One change that directly impacts on Britannica is that our Regional Head of Schools has changed. Karl Wilkinson has taken over from Karen Hammond. Although not someone that we see on a day to day basis, they have a key role to play as the link person between the school and head office and quality assuring and supporting the work that we do. Karl will be over for an initial visit and to meet staff, students and parents, during the same week as our guests from Quito and Moscow. I am sure that he will be more than happy to stop for a chat if you see him around. He is the former Principal of our sister school in Ljubljana so knows this area very well. A big thank you to Karen for all her support over the last few years and a very warm welcome to Karl.

We need your help

Several members of the PSA Executive Committee are unable to continue with their roles next year. If you are in a position to be able to give a little of your time to support your children, the school and other parents, please do contact the PSA and let them know. The PSA do an amazing job of organising and supporting key community events throughout the year, such as International Day and Spring Fayre and the school really appreciates, values and needs the input of parents if we are to ensure students have the best possible experience at our school.


Wednesday 5th June will see the final ‘Meet SLT’ of the school year. All parents are welcome to attend. See you in the Auditorium from 8.30 onwards for a coffee and a discussion about the next few months and the next academic year

Enjoy the weekend

Kind regards

Neil McGarry