Latest Headteacher Update

Headteacher update – 15th July 2022

Please find below our end of year letter for this academic year.  Can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and may I wish you all a restful and peaceful summer break.

July 2022 End Of Term Letter

Please read the information below about walk in clinics for Covid vaccinations.

Walk-In Clinics


Headteacher update – 16th May 2022

Dear parents and carers,

I hope families had a safe and enjoyable weekend. Monday represents the beginning of the full GCSE examination season. We are extremely proud of the dedication and resilience that students have shown over an extended period of time and wish them all the very best in the weeks ahead. As ever, our staff have also worked incredibly hard to help prepare students for the demands of these examinations and we will continue to do so over the coming weeks. If families feel that there is anything further that you need from us please do not hesitate to contact school.

Headteacher update – 9th May 2022

Mental Health Awareness week is an annual event which focuses on achieving better mental health across the UK. Taking place across 9-15 May, the theme this year is loneliness. Loneliness can affect many of us at one time or another and it has had a huge impact on our mental and physical health during the pandemic. You can feel lonely even when surrounded by others, but you feel disconnected and misunderstood.

Just a reminder to check out our Wellbeing resources – Wellbeing, Support and Guidance – Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Voluntary Academy – Burton upon Trent (

Headteacher update – 25th April 2022

I hope families have had a good Easter break and have made the most of the recent sunshine. We are really looking forward to welcoming students back to school for what is a short (only five weeks) but important half term. I know that students in Year 11 are busily preparing for their forthcoming exams and I would like to reiterate that everyone at school will continue to do everything possible to support students in the weeks to come. If you have any questions or have specific concerns please do not hesitate to contact school where a member of the Pastoral Team will be available to help. A reminder that all exam information can be found on our website at –

School improvements

As more families have been returning to school for various whole school events it has been really pleasing to receive lots of positive comments about how good school looks and the range of resources we continue to prioritise. Linked to this I am happy to say that over Easter we have had new staff and student toilets in the Sherwin block. As ever I will keep families up to date with our plans for further improvements over the summer break.

Covid update

We would like to take this opportunity to remind families of the new Covid-19 guidance. All children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.

From this Monday asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended by the Government for children or adults. The government’s rationale behind the change in guidance is that the population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections thanks to the success of the vaccination programme alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage the virus. As ever we appreciate the ongoing support from families.

Road works along Stanton Road and Bluestone Lane

Council roadworks have started along Stanton Road and Bluestone Lane. Please be mindful as this may cause disruption for journey times. We will continue to update you when we have further details.

Headteacher update – 4th April 2022

On behalf of everyone at Robert Sutton I would like to wish all families a very Happy Easter. It seems hard to believe that we have reached the final week of the Spring term and are nearly two thirds of the way
through the academic year. I would like to thank families for their ongoing support for the school. By working together as a school community we have been able to ensure that students have had the best
possible experience in school. Please find a link to our latest newsletter –  April 2022

Previous updates –

Headteacher update – 28th March 2022

Congratulations to Year 11 students who picked up their mock examination results this week. It was really obvious how well the students had prepared for these examinations and we are really pleased with their outcomes. The summer examinations are set to begin a few weeks into the new term and we are ready to support all young people through this important period so that they achieve the results they deserve in August.

I also just want to acknowledge the efforts of my colleagues over the course of this term so far. While many people subscribe to the notion that the pandemic is over, we are still feeling a significant impact in school.  This puts additional pressure on our ability to provide an outstanding education for our young people. I am really grateful to so many of my staff who have volunteered to come in and assist so that we can ensure that the quality of education is maintained.

Headteacher update – 21st March 2022

We have put together resources and materials to support students with revision in the lead up to their exams. Click the link to visit the Revision Resources section of the website – 

Headteacher update – 14th March 2022

Why is it important for children not to miss school?

Most parents/carers want their children to get on well in life. Nowadays, it is more important than ever to have a good education behind you if you want opportunities in adult life. Children only get one chance at school, and your child’s chances of a successful future may be affected by not attending school or alternative provision regularly.

If children do not attend school regularly, they may not be able to keep up with school work. In a busy school day it is difficult for schools to find the extra time to help a child catch up. And it’s not only the academic work: missing out on the social side of school life can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships, a vital part of growing up.

Setting good attendance patterns from an early age will also help your child later on. Employers want to recruit people who are reliable. So children who have a poor school attendance record may have less chance of getting a good job.

Being on time is also vital. Arriving late at school can be very disruptive for your child, the teacher, and the other children in the class.

Research has shown that children who are not in school are most vulnerable and are thus more easily drawn into crime. Those children who play truant are more likely to offend than those that do not. Research also shows that less than 40% of pupils in secondary schools with an average of 17 days or more absence get 5 good GCSEs (grades 4plus compared to more than 90% in schools with an average of less than 8 days absence).

Many parents are surprised how quickly their children accumulate 15 days absence. Every lesson in school matters and children who have time off find it difficult to catch up.

What does the law say?
By law, all children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 16) must get a suitable, full-time education. As a parent, you are responsible for making sure this happens, either by registering your child at a school or by making other arrangements which provide a suitable full-time education.

Once your child is registered at a school you are responsible for making sure he or she attends regularly. If your child fails to attend regularly – even if they miss school without you knowing – the Local Authority (LA) may take legal action against you.

The Local Authority (Staffordshire County Council) is responsible for making sure that parents fulfil their responsibilities. Parents are
responsible for making sure that their registered children regularly attend school and any alternative provision arranged for them.

We want to work with all our students and their parents/carers to maximise attendance and give every student every opportunity to maximise their choices throughout life. We understand that there are many reasons why a students attendance might not be as good as we or you might wish and want to work together to support the student in attending school and maximising their life chances.

Headteacher update – 4th March 2022

It was a pleasure to welcome pupils back to school this week and to hear all about their half terms and see them all refreshed. Furthermore, it was great to see that our pupils are certainly striving towards excellence with our school focus on fundamental standards and I know they will continue to do so. A reminder that our focus for this half term is for students to be organised with homework and their planners.

I would also like to take this opportunity of reminding parents about our Sutton Experience and extensive extra-curricular programme which has been updated for the current half term. I know how enriching these clubs can be for our young people including learning new skills as well as meeting new people.

Headteacher update – 14th February 2022

Please find attached below a letter from our CEO – Mr Sean McClafferty –

Letter To All Parents & Carers Re SMc Retirement 08.02.22

Headteacher update – 23rd January 2022

Dear parents and carers,

I am pleased to say that the third week of the new term has been another successful one. We are continuing to effectively manage the demand of Covid-19 and are seeing reduced numbers of staff and students needing to isolate which is really pleasing. As you will be aware the length of self isolation has been cut to five days, hopefully the graphic below will be helpful in explaining how this works.

Last week we saw the removal of requirement for pupils to wear face masks in lessons and on January 27th face coverings will no longer be mandatory in communal areas. However, pupils who wish to wear them may do so. We are looking forward to the point where this will no longer be necessary but in the meantime students continue to respond exceptionally well to the current circumstances.

Headteacher update – 16th January 2022

I would like to start this update by congratulating all our students for the exceptional way that they have returned to school after the Christmas break. Student conduct in lessons has been excellent and all students need to be commended on the way they have adapted to wearing face coverings in lessons, a measure that I very much hope will be a short temporary one. I would also encourage all students to get involved in the extra curricular life of the school with clubs and activities back up and running after the Christmas holidays.

Very shortly all families will be receiving a copy of our DCI Report – DCI report 2021. We are delighted to share with you that Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Voluntary Academy has been rated as good in all areas following a Diocesan Canonical Inspection.

Inspectors from the Diocese of Nottingham assessed the quality of Catholic Life, RE education and Collective Worship at the school. The inspection also looked at the behaviour and attitudes of pupils, their personal development, the leadership and management of the school and its overall effectiveness, judging all to be good and concluded: “The overall effectiveness of Blessed Robert Sutton school is good and has improved since the last inspection.”

Headteacher Update – 2nd January 2022

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family have had an enjoyable Christmas break.
This morning the Department of Education published the following guidance for Secondary Schools:
• To maximise the number of children in school for the maximum amount of time, the Government is temporarily recommending that face coverings are worn in classrooms and teaching spaces for students in year 7 or above, in light of the Omicron variant surge.
For further details please see the attached letter.
How can you help?
Monday, 3 January 2022 we ask that all students take a lateral flow test at home before returning to school the next day.
We would also ask that families continue with the twice weekly Covid 19 testing at home, reporting any positive lateral flow tests to the school.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

Headteacher Update – 13th Dec

Dear parents and carers,

On behalf of everyone at Robert Sutton I would like to wish all families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. I would also like to thank everyone for the ongoing support throughout the Autumn term, by working together as a school community we have been able to ensure that students have had the best possible experience in school. We still of course have one week to go, albeit with an earlier finish on Friday at 12.50pm.

Return to school in January

We are still awaiting guidance from the DFE on the testing roll out for returning to school in January. I will contact parents with further details before the end of the week.

Headteacher Update – 28th Nov

Dear parents and carers,

I hope all families have had a safe and restful weekend.

Snow – school is open as normal. Pupils should wear footwear appropriate for snow/ice.

Face coverings – This evening the DFE have confirmed that face masks are now compulsory in communal areas in school. This means the arrangements that were in place before half term will begin again. (The DFE will keep this under review and I will let parents know of any changes). This means that all students will need a face covering with them on Monday and will be required to wear these when moving through corridors and when they are in busy communal spaces. Whether or not a young person chooses to wear a face covering in lessons will continue to remain optional, with those who want to wear a face covering supported to do so.

DCI inspection – Our DCI inspection concluded on Tuesday evening after a very busy day in school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support and to let you know that your sons and daughters were a credit to the school throughout the inspection, displaying the school values and a positive attitude to learning in all they did. I am extremely proud of the collective efforts of both staff and students and the way they represented our school during the inspection.

For information, the inspectors provided initial feedback to senior staff, governors and the Trust, but this has to remain confidential until the final report is published by Diocese. This may take a number of weeks.

Until then, we are not allowed to share likely outcomes with families.

I very much look forward to sharing the full report and final judgements with families as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we look forward to a productive few weeks of this half term and then the half term that will follow!

Headteacher Update – 7th Nov

I hope everyone has had a good weekend. The first week of our second half term has been successful. As a school leadership team we could not have hoped for a better response from students who have settled back quickly into life at BRS, behaving extremely well and demonstrating the school values in their interactions with others. Please encourage your children to take advantage of the extracurricular enrichment opportunities available to them as part of their Sutton Experience. Whilst the academic outcomes our young people achieve at the end of Year 11 are vitally important, so is the wider personal development that comes from an excellent all round education. I would also take this opportunity to encourage parents/carers to get in touch with school immediately should there be anything that you think we could do to further support your children to be successful.

We would be most grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the following questionnaire – 

Face coverings – We have been fortunate to see a dramatic reduction in cases of C19. This means that we will be removing the requirement for student and staff to wear a face covering through corridors and when they are in busy communal spaces. The use of face masks will remain optional, with those who want to wear a face covering supported to do so. We will keep this under review and should the number of C19 cases rise again we will reintroduce this measure.

Headteacher Update – 1st Nov

Dear parents and carers,

I hope all families have had a safe and restful half term break.
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday morning for what we hope will be another enjoyable and productive seven weeks of school. If you haven’t had the chance already please do check out our newsletter from last half term (link below).

Face coverings – The arrangements that were in place before half term will continue for at least the first week of the new half term (we will review these on Friday and let parents know of any changes). This means that all students will need a face covering with them on Monday and will be required to wear these when moving through corridors and when they are in busy communal spaces. Whether or not a young person chooses to wear a face covering in lessons will continue to remain optional, with those who want to wear a face covering supported to do so.

Headteacher Update – 22nd Oct

October Newsletter

Please find above a link to our latest newsletter. Wishing everyone a lovely half term.

Headteacher Update  – 11th Oct

As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases increases in the Burton area we have decided to take further action to limit the spread of Covid-19 in school. From Tuesday 12 October 2021, all staff and students will be required to wear a face covering in communal areas in the school. This includes, when entering and leaving school, when moving between classrooms and when in assemblies/collective worship and the toilets and Dining Hall (except when eating and drinking). Students do not need to wear face coverings when they are outside at break and lunchtimes. We will also maintain our hand washing and ventilation measures and we do not require students to wear a mask in classrooms. Students who are exempt from wearing a face covering will not be required to do so in school.

These additional measures have been put in place under guidance from Public Health England and are designed to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 in school and the wider community.

We want to minimise the disruption to teaching and learning as much as possible and would like to remind parents that students should continue to attend school unless they have symptoms of Covid-19 or a positive lateral flow or PCR test.

Online learning is available for all students who are isolating through Firefly.

Whilst we are delighted that life at school has been much more normal since September we do need to remain vigilant in terms of the ongoing impact of the pandemic. With Covid-19 cases rising amongst the local community we thought it would be good to remind families on the prevention measures we recommend you maintain to protect yourself and others from transmission.

  • Staying at home if you are displaying any symptom of Covid-19
  • Regularly washing or sanitising hands
  • Keeping open windows to aid ventilation
  • Wearing a face covering in crowded spaces
  • Using a tissues to catch coughs and sneezes
  • Testing twice a week using a lateral flow test
  • Attending for the Covid-19 vaccine (if eligible)

As always, school will continue to be led by expert guidance and regularly consults with Public Health to ensure our control measures remain appropriate. If and when any changes are necessary we will communicate these immediately with families.

I would like to thank you for your continued support at this difficult time.

LOJASJT712.10.21 Letter To Parents Carers Face Coverings

For any parents that missed the Open evening we are delighted to offer BRS In Action tours –