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National Careers Week


National Careers Week runs from the 1st to the 6th March 2021 and aims to promote the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges.  

This week we will be celebrating national careers week, the attached newsletter details planned activities for pupils including virtual work experience opportunities and virtual careers fair.  

A Parents' Guide to Careers is also included.


Communications and Information in relation to Covid-19


If your child has received a POSITIVE test result for coronavirus please can you inform us using the following designated email address:

Please note that this email address is NOT to be used for any other notifications.

If your child has any symptoms of coronavirus or will be absent from school for any other reason please contact the school using either Edulink or the following email address:


01.03.2021 School Reopening Plans


26.02.2021 Letter in relation to Asymptomatic Testing


COVID-19 FAQs for Parents and Carers


06.01.2021 Further guidance for parents following notification of National Lockdown


02.01.2021 Letter detailing Term 3 plans for all year groups
(Attachment: vulnerable and critical worker groups)


30.12.2020 Start of Term 3 Announcement


18.12.2020 Staggered reopening plans for January 2021


17.11.2020 - Letter sent to school community re positive case Year 7


14.11.2020 - Guidance for contacts with people with confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person Guidance for full opening: Schools


14.11.2020 - Letter sent to school community re positive case Year 8


09.11.2020 - Letter detailing changes to face mask guidance


Sports Fixtures - have all been cancelled due to the new Covid regulations, we are hoping they will resume after 2nd December 2020


14.09.2020 - What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the Autumn Term


28.09.2020 - Masks in school


25.08.2020 - Letter with full details about September reopening


21.07.2020 - Letter with details about September reopening

21.07.2020 - Covid-19 Statement

Swale Academies Trust is following all Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) advice throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

All Trust schools have undertaken rigorous risk assessment processes in close consultation with staff, Trust leaders, governing bodies, and union representatives.  Our comprehensive assessments are regularly reviewed and updated as guidance changes. 

All schools have put in place a number of protective measures, based on the available guidance, to manage the identified risks and protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our children, staff and families.  These measures are underpinned by the DfE guidance and are primarily based on the five essential measures of:

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

If you wish to discuss the risk assessment approach or specific protective measures in place, please contact the school office for further information.


01.07.2020 - End of term and new school year arrangements


08.06.2020 - Letter sent to all relating to the phased reopening of TWS


01.06.2020 - Letter in relation to pupils in Years 10 and 12


23.05.2020 - Update from Jon Whitcomb, Trust Principal

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.


13.05.2020 - Letter to parents re Government update around Secondary Schools


03.04.2020 - Summer 2020 grades

Please click here to read a letter issued today from Ofqual in relation to GCSE, AS and A level grades.

More information can be found on the Department for Education website by following this link.


20.03.2020 - Letter re closure of educational settings

Please read the guidance on the link below issued last night:​

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Page summary
Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).


19.03.2020 - Letter to parents re Key Worker status

An update further to last night's communication about closing the school from end of Friday 20th March 2020.  We have spoken to the pupils today about remote learning and will be sharing more details and guidelines tomorrow.

An email has been sent home to help us identify those children whose parents are key workers, if you are a key worker and haven't responded please do so.

Thank you for your continued support.


17.03.2020 - Letter to parents - Coronavius update


16.03.2020 - Letter to parents re Coronavirus


03.03.2020 - Letter to parents with Coronavirus advice 



Sixth Form Transition website launched


We are excited to launch the new Sixth Form Transition website for our current year 11 students!

Each subject page has some recommended reading, tasks and ideas of what to watch in preparation for Sixth Form at TWS. There are 19 subjects to view plus core activities and careers.

The website can currently only be accessed through the students’ google accounts – so please encourage them to log on and get ahead!

The website will be available to everyone on this website for external students and parents - please check back soon! If you need any of the subject pages please email Mrs Brown who can send them as a PDF.


Year 8 Options Evening - Change of Date


The Year 8 Options Evening has been moved from Thursday 19th March 2020 to Thursday 23rd April 2020 between 4pm and 6pm.

Please make a note of this change.


September 2020 Year 7 Admissions


Year 7 places have now been allocated by KCC.

If your child has received a place here at The Whitstable School congratulations, you will shortly receive your offer paperwork in the post.

We look forward to meeting you at our transition evening.

The school was oversubscribed so sadly this does mean some pupils may not have been offered a place.  For details about our independent appeals process please go to our Admissions page which can be found under Information.


Notices and dates for your diary


  • The newsletter for Term 1 and 2 is now available.
    Click here to view it
  • Parent Forum date change - please note the parent forum meeting in March has now been moved to Term 5 on 16th April 2020 5pm - 6pm
  • Year 7 Valentines Disco Thursday 13th February 2020 6pm - 7pm
  • Term 3 ends Friday 14th February
  • Term 4 starts Monday 24th February
  • Parents' Evening Year 8 Thursday 5th March 2020
  • Parents' Evening Year 7 Thursday 12th March 2020
  • Year 8 Options Evening Thursday 19th March 2020
  • Parents' Evening Year 11 Thursday 26th March 2020
  • Term 4 ends Friday 27th March
  • Easter Break Monday 30th March to Monday 13 April 2020
  • Term 5 starts Tuesday 14th April 


Term 3 Information


  • Pupils have received new timetables - please ensure they familiarise themselves with it especially days when PE kit is needed.
  • 6th Form parents' evening - Thursday 16th January.
  • Swale Academies Dance Fever - Friday 17th January (selected pupils)
  • Holocaust Memorial Day - Monday 27th January.
  • Exams - please see the exams page for timetables and information.
  • Contact details - if you have changed any details: address, telephone or email please do let the school office know so that we can update our systems. This will ensure that you don't miss notices and letters.
  • Lost property - is stored at reception.  Pupils should go there to look for any lost items.
  • Open drop in sessions with the Headteacher - every Friday between 9am and 9.30am.
  • Last day of term 3 - Friday 14th February.
  • Term 4 starts - Monday 24th February.


End of term arrangements and activities


17th & 18th December
Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime.  The show takes place at 6.30pm in The Stage, tickets are £4 available now from reception.

18th December
Christmas Lunch in the Restaurant. click here to see the menu.  Annual Christmas Jumper Day, a minimum of £1 donation will be collected from pupils participating.

19th December
Winter Soiree.  Including a choir and session band.  Join us from 5.45pm for a festive evening.

20th December
School will be finishing for pupils in Years 7-13 at 12.20.  Those pupils unable to go home at this time are welcome to work in the school library.  Pupils that receive a free school meal will be able to purchase food at break time on this day.

The last day will count towards the Attendance Challenge, pupils will need to attend on this day in order for them to receive their 100% attendance reward in Term 3.

We wish all of our pupils and parents a very merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 6th January 2020.


Winter Soiree


Festive refreshments and live music.

Free entry - donations welcome.


Book Fair in school next week!


We are having a Book Fair in school next week.  

Located in the library pupils will be able to peruse and purchase books at break, lunch and after school.

Books start from as little as £2.99, there is lots of choice.

Payments can be made the following ways:

  • Cash - please send in as close to the correct amount as possible
  • Cheque - made payable to The Whitstable School
  • Book Fair gift vouchers - can be purchased online here (if you purchase online you will receive a 20% discount)

Any queries please contact Mrs Davies in the library at


Sixth Form Open Evening 21st November 2019




The Whitstable School receives prestigious Artsmark Award 


Pupils and staff at The Whitstable School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education settings that champion cultural education. It celebrates settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. 

In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, The Whitstable School  had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school. 

The Whitstable School was supported by Artswork in planning and developing their initial objectives. Artswork worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement. 

”As an Artsmark school, The Whitstable School gained access to exceptional networks and resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations in the country, which helped to strengthen and deliver their arts provision. Through Artsmark, The Whitstable School will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.” 

On receiving the award, Mr Chaplin, Senior Assistant Headteacher said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. The pupils and staff have worked extremely hard over a 2 year period to promote high quality arts and cultural education. We are wholeheartedly committed to the arts and the fundamental Impact they have. We, as a school value the arts in a time when they are being marginalised and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.” 

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: 

“I would like to congratulate The Whitstable School on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, The Whitstable School exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.” 


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