Covid-19 Spring 2021
15 January 2021
At the end of a very busy fortnight here are a few key updates to keep you up to speed.
Remote learning is continuing apace and I hope is being as effective as possible. Staff are always learning, sharing ideas for delivery and refining their approach. We have training each week to develop our skills and these should be working through to the lesson delivery.
Look after your child’s mental wellbeing too. This is such a vital aspect and please encourage your child that any work is good work and that attending every lesson is more important than completing every task. My assembly for them this week focussed on doing something each day that doesn’t involve a screen – exercise (preferably with a friend), cooking, helping out in the home, keeping other interests going.
Year 9 parents’ evening fell foul of the website hosting the event crashing. It had worked well for this and many other schools before, so this was very frustrating. We are working with School Cloud and hope to lay it on at the same time, with the same appointments on Thursday 21 January. We will write directly with further details as we get them.
Year 11 exams in the summer have been the source of much speculation from the DfE and the media. The promised DfE consultation has not yet been shared with schools and I will contribute my views. The simple message for students is to keep working as hard as they can in all subjects to progress in the depth and breadth of their knowledge and skills; we will find out in the future exactly how this will be assessed.
We are pushing ahead with careers advice and guidance in Years 9 – 11 where we can. Careers interviews are underway as well as virtual work experience so do encourage your children to get involved if possible; details have been shared with them.
Please keep your children at home if you possibly can – we welcome between 40 and 50 students each day to school, yet we all need to stay at home as much as possible. Only send your children to school if it is really necessary; the vast majority of staff are working from home too.
Lateral Flow Testing is now up and running and we have tested all the students who have been in school this week, together with the staff. We have been really impressed with the students, who have behaved with maturity. All tests carried out have returned negative results and testing will continue next week.
Thank you for your support over the recent weeks and for the messages of encouragement for the staff – these really help motivate us. Sorry I cannot reply to them all but they are shared with colleagues and mean a lot.
Mr M Boddington