Letters to Parents

COVID-19 Update

To those students who are attending school next week, we would like to invite you to come to school in any comfortable clothing. There will be an opportunity to do some physical exercise everyday so please wear something appropriate.

We have created a menu for next week which is attached but there will not be a salad bar option available so if the meal is not to your liking we would invite you to either bring your own lunch or have the vegetarian option available. A link to this is included below;

Lunch Menu 23/3/2020

We will be operating next week as a ‘care giving’ facility as opposed to an education setting and as such, the students that we have will be mixed with other students. There will not be timetabled lessons taking place so to that end, if students wish to bring in their own electronic devices or games to play, we would welcome this.

We are aware from a number of parents that the vast majority  will be keeping their children at home next week to ensure their safety in these uncertain times and we respect and support this decision. Whilst at home, we would encourage students to access the resources that we have put on line but again, there is no expectation that this work is completed.

We will endeavour to keep you updated with any new information that comes to light but I would urge you all to check the website on or before 17th April to try and determine what our next steps are. Please stay safe and keep well during this difficult time and feel free to email subject staff with any concerns.

Many thanks

Jane Norris

CEO/Head of school


17th March 2020

Dear Parent/carer

As you may be aware, we have a large number of pupil absences due to self-isolation or anxiety. It has been pleasing to see so many committed staff working hard to keep the day as normal as possible for pupils who are in school.  I would like to thank you all for your support as we head into difficult times.

You will now be aware that the Government have announced new advice in regards to the Coronavirus and I would ask that all members of our community take note of the advice that has been given.  The advice is absolutely clear:

·         If a member of the HOUSEHOLD has either a persistent cough or temperature then the whole household must isolate for 14 days.

I would ask that if you fall into this category, that you inform the school as soon as possible and would advise that this period would then take us from today up to the end of term.  I would also ask that you adhere to this to ensure that the whole community are supported in trying to reduce the spread of the virus.

Please use one of the following options to inform us of your child’s absence:

Call   01304 373866

Or email at info@ripplevaleschool.co.uk

From tomorrow, we will be uploading work onto our school website that can be completed at home and I would ask that all pupils take advantage of this opportunity if they are self-isolating especially those students who are currently entered into exams. These can be found on website if you go to the ‘student area’ drop down menu on the home page and click on the ‘working from home student resources’ link. If you do not have access to a laptop or computer, have restricted internet access or cannot print, please contact me so I can organise hard copy resources to be sent home.

I would like to emphasise that we will remain open as an institution until told to do so by the Government or unless we get to a point where staffing levels mean that health and safety is at risk.  You are already aware that we will continue to remain open for as long as possible to ensure that many of you can still work in the important jobs that you do.

 Once again, I would like to thank you for your support in what is a very difficult situation. I will continue to keep you informed on a regular basis.

Many thanks

Jane Norris

CEO/Head of School


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:


Letter for Year 9 Parents re vaccinations from NHS

Post 16 Transport

March Coffee Morning