A place to share our good news, compliments and thanks with you.
Some messages of thanks from our parents and pupils during the COVID-19 closure:
"Hello Mr Sims, we would like to take this opportunity to thank yourself and all the staff at Chepstow School for the way that the last 4 months have been managed. It has not been an easy Lockdown for us as a family, for lots of reasons, but it has been made so much easier because of the strength of the support and learning opportunities that have been offered to [pupil] over this period of time.
It took us all a little while to get used to Microsoft Teams and at the beginning of Lockdown, when the overwhelming feeling was panic, we were concerned that [pupil] was never going to get on top of it and be able to complete the work for each subject. However, thanks to the support and understanding she received from her teachers, Teams quickly became far less daunting and is now so familiar to us all that we hope learning, in some way, will continue through this medium.
We feel that Chepstow School has manged this unprecedented crisis in a very caring, imaginative and professional way. The idea of holding a Virtual Sports Day and a Virtual Eisteddfod was inspired. This allowed students to continue to feel part of the whole school community. [Pupil] had such fun participating in all the Sports Day activities, as did we!
As [pupil] is a Year 7 student, we would like to say particular thanks to Mr. Parkin as her Head of Year and Mr Pollock as her Form Tutor. They have been so supportive and have always responded immediately to any queries or concerns. We would also like to thank Ms Martinez, [pupil] has really enjoyed completing the English tasks and Ms Martinez's ongoing feedback has been so positive and helpful. Ms Jeffery has also been brilliant with feedback on assignments and [pupil] was delighted to receive a certificate last week for her hard work on completing all the Art assignments. Other subjects [pupil] has enjoyed over Lockdown have been Humanities, DT and Food Tech and the regular feedback from these subject teachers has been extremely valuable and enjoyable to read. [Pupil] has enjoyed DT so much that she has decided she wants to take it as one of her Options for Y9!
[Pupil] is delighted that she will be back in school full time in September, as are we. She is sad that she has missed half of Year 7 but she is excited to be going into Year 8.
It is fantastic seeing Chepstow School moving on and going from strength to strength with strong leadership and committed and talented teachers. I hope you all now get a well-deserved break, ready to face the challenges that the next school year may bring.
Thank you to you all!!"
"Dear Mrs Mellen
I wanted to drop you a line to say how grateful [student] and I were for your time today.
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet with you, as well as Mr.Pollock, and Mrs Bedford. Your introduction to the school, along with your positivity has lifted [student's] motivation to seriously think about his future, and aim for the Russell Group universities. It was very supportive of you to talk to [student] about taking the Spanish option, (rather than his nagging Mum! ), furthermore, it was uplifting for [student] to hear somebody else’s opinion of sensible choices outside of his immediate family.
Could you please also pass on our thanks to Mr. Pollock for the Physics book recommendation.
[Student] will ensure that his application for Sixth Form is completed and forwarded tomorrow, and would be most grateful if he could either be sent the links for bridging his chosen subjects from GCSE to A level (currently Maths, Physics and Spanish), or invited to join the class.
Fingers crossed, all systems go for welsh schools come September!
Toby will be in touch in August to confirm his grades.
Thank you, and I hope you manage to have some rest during the summer holidays."
"Hope all staff are well and coping with the new world we live in. And busy preparing for the return of students.
[Pupil] is in Year 9 and has really struggled with the current situation.
But I have been really impressed with the constant support and correspondence with Angela Jones who reached out very quickly, checking on both my girls.
She has listened and answered so many emails/questions. Even contacting [pupils] teachers to mention how she has been feeling. Anglea Jones has used teams to reach out to her on a more personal note.
I been overwhelmed with the support her teachers have given [pupil]. Especially Miss Tiller who in [pupil's] eyes is a very strict teacher. But as soon as she knew [pupil] needed help, or was struggling with work, her support quickly came through.
Luca Goddard wasn’t quick to judge when her work wasn’t completed and again straight away offered support.
I have been touched but all the support she has received. As a school the support has been amazing from all staff. Who constantly update us parents.
From a worried mum at this time - Diolch!!"
"Just a short note to thank all the staff at Chepstow school that are working hard over the lockdown period.
My 2 children - are being well supported by your team during this time and I did not want to leave out saying thank you."
“The fact that you were already checking on [pupil] each week meant that this all moved quicker and more smoothly. We’re really grateful for all your support!”
"Dear [Learning Coach]
I hope you are all safe and well during this lock down.
As a family we owe you so much, thank you will never come close enough. We have got to know you well over the last 7/8 years as both [pupil] and [pupil] have progressed through Chepstow School and [pupil] being in his early years there too.
Due to [pupil's] illness last year you pretty much became part of our family, you were one of the only people outside our household who [pupil] trusted and she allowed you to help her in the school environment. It was the most traumatic time for us and more so [pupil]. I know that it was for you too having to see [pupil] the way she was at her most vulnerable. You went over and above your job, as you do all of the time when it comes to supporting students.
Without you I don’t know where we would be. I know for sure that [pupil] would not have managed to have returned to school and completed 6th form. You had this natural, incredible ability to reach out to [pupil] and you managed to gain her trust, you offered her strategies, solutions, ideas to help her move forward but you never once forced her. She trusted you implicitly, as did we. You provided a safe haven every single morning when it was an enormous effort for [pupil] to even get out of bed and attend school. [Pupil] knew that if she made it to your office then you would “enable” her to work through the school day by offering her a quiet corner to study as well as liaising with all of [pupil's] teachers to obtain the work and negotiate deadlines. Most importantly for us you communicated daily so that between us we could keep [pupil] safe as there was a time when she was at risk, for this, I can never thank you enough.
You really are one special lady.
On a lighter note I wanted to share with you that [pupil] has had offers from the 3 universities of her choice and she has accepted an offer. I know you will appreciate what an achievement that is to even get this far. The good news is that it looks like [pupil] should finish 6th form with the grades she needs (we hope)…. Every single finger and toe is crossed! I think [pupil] has a chance to make a real difference in the field.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for [pupil] and our family. You have made a real difference."
I just want to say a huge thank you for your unbelievable commitment to [pupil] these last 2 years and of course to [pupil] prior to that.
You are a brilliant example of fantastic communication to students and parents. You’re a real inspiration.
You have been a huge support to [pupil] during lock down, coaching her to the end of her modules. This I know has been a challenge for [pupil], given her illness last year. She is delighted to be finishing on a distinction and so much of this is down to your incredible support.
Thank you again and stay safe."
“Your words keep me encouraged and the support with school work certainly eases the pressure on my family.”
“Thank you for always being there. This whole thing has really made me appreciate how much you teachers have to do! You should have a clap for teachers when this all goes back to normal.”
“It means a lot to know you are still here if we need you.”
"She has been absolutely brilliant and a terrific support"
"It’s not just the NHS staff that should be recognised, it’s you lot as well – thank you from my house to yours."
"Thank you so much, I really do appreciate your help. All the help is just great."
"Thanks for checking on us, it means a lot."
"You have been a Godsend, thank you so much."
"Thank you – I spoke to [child] and she had a massive smile on her face – thank you again for all of your support."
"Thank you for checking on us, I really do appreciate it."
"Keep safe and thank you for everything that you do."
"Was lovely to get a letter about her transition to Chepstow school, especially as she's the only one going from her school. So please thank transition team if you're in touch with anyone."