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End of Term Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

As the end of term approaches I am writing to you to confirm the arrangements for the end of term and the start of the new term in January 2023.


Tuesday 13th December: Christmas dinner (pupils may wear a Christmas jumper)

Last teaching day for years 12 and 13

Wednesday 14th December: Year 12 and 13 Christmas celebrations

Last teaching day for Y11

Thursday 15th December: Advent Masses for years 7-10

Last teaching day for Y10

Y11 remote learning at home

Friday 16th December: Years 7-9 in school

School closes at 12.30 for the holidays


Tuesday 3rd January: INSET day (no pupils in school)

Wednesday 4th January: all pupils return to school

It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that I write my final letter to you as Headteacher of Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School. As I approach my final days in post, I am looking back on my time here with great fondness but also a sense of sadness as I prepare to leave for pastures new.

I joined the school community in January 2014 as an Assistant Headteacher and knew straight away that there was something very special about this school. I was made so welcome by pupils, staff and families and when the opportunity arose to apply for the headship in 2018, I knew I didn’t want to be a headteacher anywhere other than at Archbishop Ilsley.

It’s been an incredible journey and I have been blessed to serve your children. There have been some interesting challenges along the way, largely through the pandemic and I have had to do things I never imagined possible. I never knew I would have to close a school, deliver lessons online and set up and run a lateral flow testing centre. And I hope that no headteacher ever has to do these things again and that schools will never have to close like they did on March 20th 2020 and again in January 2021.

But the most important memory to me is the service to the school and to your children. I have been so fortunate to have worked in this lovely school and I will take many happy memories with me. Thank you for all of your support; so many of you have offered words of kindness and gratitude to me personally over the years and I have loved being part of shaping the lives of your children.

After 26 years of working in secondary schools, it is time for me to do something new. The world is a big place and now that restrictions have been lifted across the globe, I intend to spend some time travelling before deciding what my next adventure will be. I am currently exploring some opportunities in a new sector and am excited to see where these lead me.

May I wish all of you the very best for the future.

Have a very happy Christmas

God Bless

Miss H Burrows


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