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Letters to Parents/Guardians



Dear Parents/ Carers
You will be aware that London and many parts of the United Kingdom are experiencing high temperatures well into this week.
I would like to inform you that whilst we expect children to continue to wearing their uniform to school , we are making adjustments as follows
•             Students will be allowed to have  small plastic bottle of water on their desk in classrooms but they will not be allowed                   to leave lessons to fill up their bottles. They should take responsibility for filling their bottles at break and lunchtime and               before they come to school.
•             Students do not have to wear their school jumpers
•             Students will be allowed to wear short sleeved white collared shirts and continue to wear their school tie
•             Students will be allowed to remove their blazers in classrooms
•             There are a number of students wearing other layers of clothing under their uniforms which is making them so much                    hotter than they need to be.
With all best wishes ,


Fiona E. J. Kite (Mrs) 


Consultant Headteacher 






5th May 2017


Dear Parent/Guardian

END-OF-YEAR EXAMS for YEARS 7, 8, 9 & 10 – JUNE/JULY 2017

This year we will be holding end-of-year exams for all students in Years 7 to 10. The purpose of these exams is for us to have a good understanding of what each student has achieved across the academic year. They will also allow us to provide more targeted support, where necessary, for students who have fallen behind. These exams will take place as follows:

·         Week beginning 19th June – Year 8

·         Week beginning 26th June – Years 9 & 10

·         Week beginning 3rd July – Year 7

Where possible, exams will take place under formal exam conditions in the Great Hall or the Gym to prepare the students for the experience of taking official exams. A small number of subjects, such as Art and Music, will be examined in classrooms under the supervision of the classroom teacher and also strictly under exam conditions.

I would like to stress the importance of these exams. Although none of them are ‘official’, it is vital that your son/daughter performs well in them. In all year groups it is important that you are aware of your child’s end-of-year target grades and follow up with teachers of subjects where your child does not achieve their target. In particular, Year 10 students should be achieving within one grade of their target grade for the end of Year 11, with only a small number of subjects where they may still be two grades away from their target.

Your child should ensure he/she has revised carefully and must see their subject teachers well in advance of any exam if there is something they do not understand. We often get asked about revision guides – those published by CGP, Collins and Letts are usually good and can be purchased at WH Smith or similar stores. Please ensure any GCSE guides purchased are for the relevant exam board – OCR, AQA or Edexcel. Many online revision sites exist – your son/daughter should ask their teacher for recommended sites.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the upcoming exams, please do not hesitate to contact your son’s form tutor at the school.


Mr Elstub

(Deputy Headteacher)






19th April 2017


Dear Parents and Carers 

I write to advise that the school will be closing early in the afternoon of Friday 21st April 2017 to accommodate our new intake Year 6 Transition meetings.  

All students will have lunch at 12.30 pm - Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and the sixth form will be dismissed from 1.20 pm. 

Year 11 students will be expected to remain in school for period 6, as usual.
Further dates for your diaries for the next half-term are as follows:

Monday 1st May: Bank Holiday (school closed)

Tuesday 15th May: GCSE/GCE Exams start 

Wednesday 3rd May: 7.00 pm - Parents’ Prayer Time

Thursday 11th May: Year 10 Parents’ Evening (details to follow)

Thursday 25th May: Year 7 Parents’ Evening (details to follow)

HALF TERM - Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June:

May I take this opportunity of reminding you that we need to be kept up to date of any medical conditions and we should be provided with emergency medication (eg. Asthma pumps). 

Please also ensure that you keep us advised if you should change your address, email or telephone numbers. 

Thank you for your continuing support.

Yours sincerely

Fiona E. J. Kite (Mrs) 

Consultant Headteacher 



21st March 2017 


Dear Parents and Carers,


We will break up for the Easter Holidays on Friday 31st March 2017. Dismissal for pupils on Friday 31st March will begin from 11.35. It will be a non uniform day and the monies raised will be donated to Comic Relief. All students should return to school for the start of the Summer Term on Monday 17th April. Pupils should be in school by 8.25 at the very latest, ready to start learning at 8.35 am. The Summer Term 2017 dates are on our website, please take a moment to familiarise yourselves with these. Next academic year’s term and holiday dates (September 2017- July 2018) will be published early in the Summer Term.


We will be thinking of our students in Years 11-13 as they begin the final preparations, over the Easter Holidays, for their GCSE and A Level examinations which will begin with the first GCSE examination on Monday 15th May and the first A Level examination on Wednesday 17th May. Students will be issued with exam timetables in due course. The Easter Holidays should be a time of revision and preparation but it is equally important that students find opportunities for rest and relaxation and achieving this in balance


Your children need your support and the prayers of the school community would be very much appreciated for our boys and girls who will take national examinations, along with other 16-19 year olds in the United Kingdom. Year 11 parents will be aware that we are currently doing a second set of GCSE mock examinations and we will be publishing the results of these to you, in the early Summer Term.  We are working hard to ensure that we address the potential achievement of all of our students. 
The Summer Term will see us welcome our new Year 7 students as their primary school transition begins with a number of events , we are delighted with the numbers of Year 7  - 89 students who have chosen Tenison’s – this will make Year 7 almost full for September 2017.


I hope that the Easter period will bring you all peace and blessings and give you opportunities to spend time with your families, children and friends.  A time for reflection and rebirth. There is a great quote in the film Dead Poets Society by the teacher John Keating, a character played by Robin Williams; "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." As we “seize the day” we know that because the Spirit of God is within us our potential to be extra extraordinary is within our reach. God has greater plans for us than we can imagine, to bless us and to make us a blessing in these difficult times.  May we all have even greater revelation of how Jesus death and resurrection has impacted our lives and enter into the extraordinary things He has for us in the coming months.


Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support of Archbishop Tenison’s. I am grateful for the commitment that you give in supporting us.


Yours Sincerely,


Mrs Fiona E. J. Kite 

Consultant Headteacher 





23rd February 2017 


Dear Parents/Carers

FOUNDER’S DAY - Friday 17th March 2017

This year we celebrate Founder’s Day on Friday 17th March 2016. This is a very special day for us as we commemorate the life of our founder, Archbishop Thomas Tenison, by attending a service at the church where he founded the school 332 years ago.

On the day all students will attend a service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square. Lower school students will catch the tube at Kennington and will get off at Charing Cross (Northern Line). Upper School and 6th Form students will walk from school to the church in Trafalgar Square (a walk of about 45 minutes).

The service itself will begin at 10.15am and will last about an hour.  All students will return to school by tube, getting back at about 11.45am. If you want your son/daughter to return via a different route, you must make this clear on the consent form below.

Once the service has finished and we have returned to school, the school day will be over and students will be dismissed – approx. 11.45am.

Please be aware of the following key information:

o    The trip will be accompanied by all members of staff. Our expectations for behaviour in public are every bit as high as our expectations for in-school behaviour

o    On the day, you can contact the school on 020 7735 3771

o    If there is a delay beyond 12.30pm, students will be given permission to call you

o    Students must wear full school uniform

o    There is no cost for the trip

Yours sincerely

Mrs Fiona E. J. Kite


Consultant Headteacher



Trip to St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, Friday 17th March 2017

I understand that my son/daughter will be attending the above trip. I would like them to return with the school/make their own way home (PLEASE CIRCLE) 

Student Name: __________________________________     Form: ___________________

Parent/Carer Name               : ___________________________             (Please print)

Parent/Carer Signature: ___________________________     Date: ____________________




9th February 2017


Dear Parents / Carers,


Next week, beginning Monday 13th February 2017, the School will be closed for the spring half term break.  

The School will re-open at the usual time of 08.30 am on Monday 20th February 2017.

Please ensure that your child returns to school wearing the correct school uniform. 

Can I also take this opportunity to remind you of our rules regarding mobile phones and/or any other electrical equipment.  We will confiscate these items if seen/used on the school premises. 

I hope that your child will find an opportunity to make some constructive use of this time during the holiday to ensure they are fully up-to-date on their schoolwork.

Arrangements for those students who have been invited to attend the half term revision programme have been sent to you separately. 


With all good wishes


Mrs Fiona E. J. Kite 

Consultant Headteacher 




9th January


Dear Parents/ Carers,

The SIAMS Inspection at Archbishop Tenison’s School  

The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education is now required to identify schools and academies for inspection under SIAMS independently of Ofsted inspection. This identification process is based upon when the school was last inspected under Section 48. 

This is in accordance with general requirements for the inspection of church schools as set out in Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 and The Education (School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2009 (SI1564). The regulations set out that all schools designated as having a religious character require a Section 48 inspection. Just as for Ofsted Section 5, inspections must be carried out in accordance with the required schedule and may not be deferred.

Archbishop Tenison’s was last inspected as a Church School in January 2012 and was found to be an Outstanding Church of England School.

Archbishop Tenison’s School will be inspected again on Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 January 2017.   You are welcome to speak to the Inspector during the school day on either Tuesday or Wednesday, about your experience of Archbishop Tenison’s as a Church of England School.

If you would like to attend, please contact my PA, Beverley Williams on 020 7735 3771

I would value your support.

Yours sincerely,


Mrs Fiona E. J. Kite



Consultant Headteacher


2nd November 2016


Dear Parent/Carer,



 Our Year 8 Parents’ Evening is on Thursday 24th November 2016.

In order to address the needs of your son/daughter/ward, each student has been allocated a time slot. During this time you will have the opportunity of meeting with all their subject teachers where the emphasis will be on their progress and achievement. Each teacher will carousel to each parent at your son/daughter/ward’s allocated desk. A bell will then be rung at the end of the time slot with a particular teacher.


It is crucial to be prompt as the allocated times cannot be extended and you will miss the opportunity of speaking to a particular subject teacher.  


Your allocated time is 5.00 – 5.45 pm, 5.50 – 6.35 pm or 6.40 – 7.20 pm (your time slot will be on your individual letters)
I look forward to seeing you on the evening of Thursday 24th November 2016.  If, in exceptional circumstances, you are unable to attend, please telephone me to discuss the matter.


Yours sincerely,
Senior Head of Year/Assistant Headteacher



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