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Esher Church of England High School

Esher Church of England High School

Esher Learning Trust

Covid-19 Spring 2021

1 April 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians

Thank you all for your amazing support and engagement over the term. It has certainly been an amazing 15 weeks from the dark days of January when we were informed at short notice to close the school and teach remotely, to the situation we are now in with students back in school and doing well.  I have been so pleased that we have managed the whole term without the need to ask any students to self-isolate – this has been down to your vigilance as much as the provision in school. Thank you and please continue to follow the guidance we all receive.  Please contact school until Monday if your child tests positive for Covid in the test kits that you use, and keep using them as directed at home over the break. We do 5 at a time in the Boddington household!

Lessons have been undertaken with admirable maturity by our students, working really well with our staff. The students have been patient, accommodating and keen to get on with their learning. We really appreciate their positive approach which is clearly reinforced at home.  We have supported those who have struggled and continue to keep those who have found lockdown hardest at the heart of our decisions. This will be an ongoing feature of our planning as we phase back into school life and restrictions ease. 

We still have had no guidance about whether the wearing of masks will change – I had updated guidance yesterday from the DfE and it was not mentioned. We must therefore assume that we will continue in this way and I’ll let you know if there are any changes.

Year 11 students in particular have been concerned about how the summer assessments will be conducted and schools heard only yesterday what the exam board materials contain. Our approach has been carefully planned, yet when we communicate to students they sometimes only pick up on small slices of the bigger message. We will re-clarify our approach and the reasons for our decisions.

Finally, I wish you all a very happy Easter break. It is a time of natural optimism with the lengthening days and weather improving, and this year of all years the chance to start to regain a little of our freedom. However, our message to students this morning is that it is also a time to remember Jesus' death and rising to life so that people can be restored to their relationship with God.

Best wishes, and we look forward to welcoming your children back on 19 April.

Mike Boddington