Letters to Parents

Head of School Letter 24.02.21

Dear Parents / Carers                                                                                     24.02.21

I hope this letter finds you all well and enjoying the recent Spring like weather.

Following the recent announcement from the Prime Minister all students are expected back to full time education on 8th March. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all students back in school.

During the lockdown period we have continued to educate students both in school and remotely. I would like to thank you all for your cooperation in making this a success.

Recently the number of students coming into school has increased greatly. To accommodate the increase in numbers the majority of staff have now also returned to school. If you would like your child to return to school before 8th March please call the school to discuss this.

We are aware that being back in school brings huge benefits to young people’s education, development and wellbeing. We do understand, however, that for some students, returning to school may be a real challenge. If you are anxious about the return to school and feel that the return may have a detrimental effect on your child, please contact as soon as possible to discuss the best way forward.

I am pleased to inform you that school lunches have been reinstated. There will be a hot main meal available for all with a choice of fruit or yoghurt for dessert. Unfortunately there will not a salad bar but there will be an option of jacket potato with cheese and / or beans.

I have attached the revised Covid-19 risk assessment for your information. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure all that we continue to practice social distancing and adhere to Government guidance to ensure the safety of all students and staff within the school environment.

For all students in Year 7 and above the wearing of masks is recommended in communal areas and now also in classrooms where social distancing proves difficult.

From 8th March the Government has introduced changes to testing for all those in Year 7 and above. We will communicate this to you in a separate letter once we have received all the information and testing kits from the Department for Education.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. As always we are here to work together to provide the best education and promote wellbeing for the students.

Yours faithfully

Jane Norris

Head of School

Letter re Key Stage 3 Reading

This year the school has signed up to a scheme called Bookbuzz.

Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in 11 to 13-year-olds.

Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to take home and keep from a list of 17 titles. They are all carefully selected by a panel of experts to ensure quality, suitability and to encourage reading for pleasure.

Over the next few weeks all students in KS3 will have the opportunity to select a book from the books below. The remaining books will be in the school library if they have a problem choosing. Here are the books available.

The closing date for book selection is in November and the books should be at school in the New Year. We will keep you informed.

Kind regards

Mary Brown

Covid-19 Letter from Public Health England 23.09.20

Helplines and Links to Government Guidance

The NHS and the Department for Education have released a new helpline to answer questions about COVID – 19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Guidance on Coronavirus may be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Google Classroom

Email to parents re Google Classroom