Dear Parents and Carers

 

We are delighted that the level of coronavirus circulating in the wider population has gone down sufficiently to be able to welcome all students back to school in September. We will be receiving the government guidance later this week. It will include what additional precautions we can take to minimse the risk of infection and we will be reviewing these in the light of our particular school circumstances. As it will be on site school for everyone after a long period of home learning we want to take the time to welcome students back and restore relationships, renew learning and rebuild safe boundaries. To enable us to do this we will bring in two or three year groups at a time over the first few days to build their confidence.

 

On Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September we will have our new year 7 and year 12 on site.

 

On Monday 7th we will have year 8, 10 and 13 on site and on Tuesday 8th we will have year 9, 11 and 13 on site.

 

On Wednesday 9th normal lessons will begin.

 

I would like to thank each of you for the exceptional way you and your children have managed during this stage of the pandemic. You have been awesome in the face of adversity. I would also like to pay tribute to the premises and on site team who have kept the school open and running safely during this time. We have not had a single Covid-19 case for our on-site children or staff during this period. I would like to thank all the teachers and support staff and the IT and e-learning team who have kept such an interesting range of learning activities and support going through this time and the Isolated not Alone team for all their inspiring input on worship and wellbeing and words. I would also like to thank all the staff involved in providing practical support to families through food vouchers, parcels or resources and governors for their wise counsel and generosity. It has felt like a tremendous team effort and I am so grateful to every single member of our school community. I know that everyone’s story has been different and some people have fought very hard battles with bereavement, health worries, financial worries, mental health and anxiety issues on top of the isolation and juggling home learning. Whatever your circumstances we want to next year to be a time of rebuilding, restoring and renewal for our young people as we trust God’s love to hold us through the uncertainty of the next phase.

 

You can expect the further communication from us this term as we know more about the government guidance.
1. A “virtual induction day” video for current year 11s and external year 11 applicants coming into our 6th form.
2. Guidance for current year 11 and 13 on how they can access their exam results in the summer and get personal support and advice and guidance if it is needed.
3. An update of the times of when your child will need to attend on the 4 induction and coronavirus safety days.
4. An overview of how the government guidance will be interpreted for the specifics of our school when the timetable starts on Wednesday 9th September.
5. During the summer holidays we will be working hard to make sure that all the safety precautions are in place and the guidance interpreted appropriately so that we are well organised and ready for your child in September so they have a happy and safe time learning back in school. We will issue final guidance at the end of the summer/start of the new term.

 

Thank you so much for your unwavering support during these uncertain times. This has made all the difference to us as a staff team and is deeply appreciated.

 

All good wishes
Elisabeth Gilpin

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