Welcome letter: Sancho College – 9th Sept 2022

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Dear Parents and Carers, 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome students and parents/carers to the new academic year. It has been amazing to see students return refreshed after their well-earned Summer break, and to welcome the new Year 7 cohort into the Academy. Throughout Sancho college the standard of uniform, equipment and engagement in lessons has been excellent. Thank you for supporting this smooth and purposeful start to the year.


It is, in particular, an important year for our Y11 students. As you can expect, we will be communicating regularly with parents/carers on what support is available and events that will be happening. A vital resource for them, but also all year groups, is our curriculum. This can be found in full from Year 7 to 11 on our website here


We are lucky enough to welcome some new members of staff to the Sancho College team with some undertaking the role of tutor. I’m pleased to announce our tutors for this academic year are as follows:

  • Mr Rexhepi – Tutor for 7B
  • Ms Kalnins – Tutor for 7E
  • Mr Hance – Tutor for 8B
  • Ms Evans – Tutor for 8E
  • Ms White – Tutor for 9B
  • Ms Rendall – Tutor for 9E
  • Mr Birchmore – Tutor for 10B
  • Mr Walker – Tutor for 10E
  • Ms Ofori-Boadu – Tutor for 11B
  • Ms Clark – Tutor for 11E

The role of our tutors is vital in being the member of staff who has contact with your child every day during tutor time, delivering our student personal development programme. They are also the first point of contact for parents/carers. 

National Online Safety

As you are aware, Leigh Academy Blackheath is proud to be a digital school and we continue to work hard to ensure our students are being safe and responsible online. At LAB we continuously work with all students to make them aware of the negative effects of poor engagement with social media. This is delivered through our tutor programme, pastoral intervention work and the online safety content of our Computing curriculum. You may find the following resources available on the National Online Safety site useful to also support these conversations at home. All parents are encouraged to sign up to access resources and courses via the following link: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/leigh-academy-blackheath 


This year there will be a weekly newsletter sent each Friday to keep you updated with LAB news, events and notices. We will also send out separate correspondence when needed. I thank you in advance for spending the time to read these and please do contact the sender or me if you have any questions.

I’d finally like to say that the Sancho college team and I are looking forward to working in partnership with you over this next productive and exciting year.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J. Ritchie
Vice Principal – Head of Sancho College