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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Secondary Zone

Year 10



W/b 28.9.20

Wearing your masks!

Hello everyone, 

I must say that Year 10 have ben absolutely brilliant at wearing their masks today! I had to give out a few to those who had forgot (I don't have an endless supply so please make sure your child does have their own) but overall, they've done us all proud - mature and sensible. 

The guidelines sent out by Mr Hodgson last week were: 

From Monday  28 September the following additional measures will be introduced at Aylesford School and Sixth Form College.

  1.          All parents who bring their child into the Primary School grounds will be required to wear a facemask or a suitable face covering.
  2.          All scheduled and invited visitors to the Secondary school will be required to wear a facemask or suitable face covering when onsite. For clarity again, please do not arrive on school site to speak with any member of staff, nor to drop any items to your child during the school day as these items will not be accepted.
  3.          All Secondary students and Post 16 students will be required to wear a facemask or suitable face covering when moving between lessons, outside during social time, when queuing for food in the cafeteria and when arriving or departing from school. We will not ask them to wear a facemask whilst learning in the classroom, however, should they want to we would not discourage this.
  4.          All secondary students will be required to wear a facemask or suitable face covering when taking part in Design and Technology practical lessons.

I have also attached the letter from Public Health England which has a useful link if you are unsure whether to send your child in to school. 

I have also attached the Year 10 homework timetable, and Key Dates for the year group. 

Mrs Reeves

Meet the Year 9 team. We will soon be posting some pictures and more information about all of your tutors. 

Mrs Wilson (10WLS)   

Mrs Sahota (10SAH) I am a Maths teacher at Aylesford School.  I have 2 daughters aged 15 years and 10 years.  In my spare time I enjoy travelling, walking and football.

Mrs Robbins (10RBB) I am a teacher of Science and have been at Aylesford for over 15 years. It's the best school I have ever worked in! I  love practical lessons (especially ones with Bunsen burners!)

Mr Sigmundsson (10SGM) I teach Maths at Aylesford. I believe that I am the only Icelandic Maths teacher in the whole of the UK. I have been in your country for 10 years and absolutely love it.  I my spare time I enjoy long distance running, reading books and playing the piano.

Miss Dubrava (10DBV)

Resources for you, your parents and carers: 

Family Information Service (FIS) provides information, advice and one-to-one support for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire.

It is as important to look after your mental health as it is to look after your physical health. For guidance on ways to keep it in good shape visit the NHS page, Every Mind Matters.

If you are struggling with mental health issues then the Time To Change website is a good place to find out ways to get help and support.


Apps that might help you are: 

Mindshift - designed specifically for teens and young adults

Happify - fast track to a good mood.  Engaging games, gratitude prompts, training your brain to overcome negative thoughts.

Calm - linked to Calm Harm (the self harming tool) but Calm provides guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programmes and relaxing music.

Smiling mind - helps you to de stress and stay calm

Superbetter - builds personal resilience 

Forest - this is a simple game that rewards you for not using your phones!  You plant a seed in the ground.  Within 30 minutes, the seed can grow into a tree but if you exit the app the tree dies.  While the tree grows the app displays messages like 'Put me down!' or 'Leave me alone!' it keeps track of how long you have waited for each tree to grow.

Stop, Breathe and Think Kids - this can help you to de-stress and get in touch with your thoughts and feelings. You select words and images that illustrate your state of mind then the app gives you a list of appropriate exercises to do.  


If you are a student and want to talk to someone outside of school about a problem: Childline 0800 1111 Safeline for Young People  0808 800 5007 MIND 0300-123-3393


If you are having harmful thoughts, try the apps: 

Calm Harm and Stay Alive: both are free and packed full of distraction strategies to help resist urges to self harm.  Plus, Calm Harm helps you to ride the wave until the urge fades through not just distraction activities but activities to provide: comfort, release of emotions, breathing and expressing self.  There is also a GET HELP quick button which directs you to contacts such as: Childline, Young Minds or Papyrus' Hope line.


24/7 Crisis Line Number for Children and Young People.

For urgent calls for children and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis contact the Rise Crisis team between 8am-8pm on 02476 641799 or call  0300 200 0011 outside of these hours.

During the COVID response, this is service is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, with an advice-only service outside the core hours of 8am-8pm


The link to the Ed Psych support and also Flourish (for girls) is at the bottom of this webpage.


@2022Aylesford is the Year 10 Twitter feed. 

Guidance was sent out to you all about how to safely access this. I have also attached this at the bottom of this page. 

Joke of the week:

Why do fish live in salt water? 

Because pepper makes them sneeze!