Term Dates & INSET Days 2021-22

Please find below the term dates, school holidays and INSET days for next academic year. You can also find this information for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 on the Term Dates page of our website and, together with information about many other key dates for the Danesgate Community, in the website calendar.

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Urgent Message (4/1/21) from Mr Richardson

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight that schools will be closed to all but “vulnerable” pupils, Danesgate will be closed to all pupils on Tuesday 5th January (in the first instance) in order to plan the educational offer for our “vulnerable” pupils. Key Workers will be in touch with more information during the day on Tuesday 5th Jan.Mr Mark Richardson, Headteacher

Spring Term Opening and Plans for Lateral Flow Testing

Danesgate Community will be open to students as normal from Tuesday January 5th 2021 (Monday January 4th 2021 is a staff training day) in light of the DfE’s announcement on the 31st December that all secondary age children and young people in special schools, specialist colleges and AP who want to attend their education setting should be allowed to attend from the first day of term (on or after Monday 4 January 2021).

Please click here to download the letter sent to families regarding Lateral Flow Testing for secondary school students.


Ofsted Letter

Dear Carers/Parents

On Tuesday 29th September, we received  a Section 8 interim visit (Focus on research) from Ofsted.

The purpose of this visit was a supportive dialogue around the measures employed throughout COVID to the present time and regarding planning going forwards. 

There is no formal outcome or judgement, nor report from the visit, rather a statement of facts letter subsequent to the visit, which is attached here.

The visit focussed upon planning around attendance, curriculum, safeguarding, behaviour and context, and involved senior leaders – there were no visits to lessons.

To re-emphasise, this was not an inspection, and gave us a chance to share the excellent response and good practice of the school to COVID, and the planning going forwards.

Mark Richardson | Headteacher

Click here to download the letter as a .pdf