Issue 1044: 10th May 2024


Online Safety

The Online Safety Act

As you may have seen in the news this week, Ofcom, the media regulator, has published draft codes of practice requiring technology firms to adopt more robust age-checking measures and to reformulate their algorithms to steer children away from what it is calling “toxic material”.

The Online Safety Act, which is not likely to take effect until the second half of 2025, will put the onus on social media firms and search engines to protect children from some legal-but-harmful material.

Platforms will also have to show they are committed to removing illegal content, including:

Child sexual abuse
Controlling or coercive behaviour
Extreme sexual violence
Promoting or facilitating suicide or self-harm
Animal cruelty
Selling illegal drugs or weapons

While we know that we cannot stop children from going online, the NSPCC strongly recommends that parents and carers show an interest in what they are doing online and talk to them about how to stay safe.

If you are interested in knowing more, the NSPCC’s “” is a really helpful and useful document which also signposts a number of other resources for parents and children.

BBC Breakfast ran an excellent extended report about this subject on Wednesday morning which was extremely hard hitting and made for difficult but enlightening viewing.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to see it, I would urge you to watch it on catch up via the BBC iPlayer.


Sextortion has become a very significant issue in recent years, and it has increased in prevalence in the last twelve months.

Last week, all schools in the UK were sent an alert from the National Crime Agency regarding this issue, together with some information to share with parents, please click here to access the information.

Please do contact our pastoral or safeguarding teams if you are concerned or would like any further advice.


Internet Matters has published some excellent advice for parents/carers about staying on top of their children’s smartphone use, with practical things that you can do this weekend to make sure your child is safe online.

Please do take the time to read the following short article.

Coming Soon

Please make a note of some of the key events coming up over the course of the rest of this term:

14th May Year 12 Post-18 Pathways Meeting
4th June Year 8 Celebration Evening
11th June Year 9 Celebration Evening
12th June Year 12 UCAS Fair
2nd July Year 10 Awards Evening and Prefect Recognition
4th July Year 11 Prom
9th July Year 7 Celebration Evening (a change from originally published date)
10th -11th July Sixth Form Induction Event
11th July Year 13 Prom
16th July Summer Concert
19th July End of Term (school will finish at 12.30pm)

Further details for each event will be provider nearer the time.

Exams – Good Luck

Now that the GCSE examinations have started, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish all our Year 11 pupils and Year 13 students the very best of luck over the coming weeks.

We very much hope that all of their hard work will be justly rewarded.

And Finally….

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Senior District Athletics Tournament


On Wednesday Ƶ Park competed in the Senior District Athletics tournament at Melbourne Park in Chelmsford.

Was fantastic to see such a high standard of performance on show throughout the day. Well done to all our medallists and all involved.

Dan J GOLD 200m

Grace W SILVER 100m

Matt B SILVER 1500m

Kim D BRONZE 300m

Girls Relay BRONZE

What do you do when you're not in school?

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If you have any stories and/or photos that you would like to share, please contact us at pupilservices@sweynepark.com

Contact details and personal preferences:

As you are aware we keep confidential records on our systems with parents/carers contact details, ie. addresses, phone numbers, emergency contacts and email addresses. If you have recently made any changes could you contact Pupil Services on: pupilservices@sweynepark.com so we can update our systems please.
We also hold information re your preference for use of pupils’ biometric data and school photos both inside and outside of school. If your preferences have changed, could you make us aware of the change by also emailing Pupil Services.
Thank you in advance.

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