The sudden closures brought about by the coronavirus knocked us for six but we could not afford to let our brilliant Year 11 leave without something of a send-off.

Amidst staffing shortages, and a million-and-one things coming at us from all directions, we made sure our Year 11s who had stuck with got the Leavers Assembly they deserved.

Having been told at 8.15am that on top of a hectic day that had to be ready to run at 1.30pm, Heads of House and other staff were spirited into offices to pull together music performances, awards, stories, 5 years of photos, and more besides, and with an amazing audience we all pulled it off.

There were lots of laughs, lots of tears, lots of singing and chanting, and still plenty of time for shirt-signings, hugs and anecdotes.

Lottie Hearn, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We are still keeping the Prom date in the diary, but if the worst happens then we will look to stage a Reunion Prom in the Autumn Term. If the Leavers’ Assembly is anything to go by, it will be a great event.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “This was not the ending any of us wanted, and it was a shame some students missed out, but though school is about learning, it is also about friendships, laughter and building memories. We wanted to make sure the Year 11s got the same as previous years and in the craziest of times we think we did it.”