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Esher Church of England High School

Esher Church of England High School

Esher Learning Trust

Letters from the Head

27 November 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope that this finds you and your family well.  School continues to function as well as we can and, on the whole, students are doing as well as can be expected.  As ever I am writing a brief update for you to keep you aware of all we are doing.

Thank you for your vigilance when your children display symptoms of the virus.  We know of only a few children who have tested positive for COVID and both of them were already self-isolating well before the symptoms started.  This means we have been able to continue in school as normal.

A report this week on the BBC showed that attendance was 86% at secondary school last week with 73% of schools sending some students home.  We are so pleased that we have not had to do this; a combination of parents being careful and we at school putting sensible controls in place.  The Tier 2 measures before the half term break may also have helped in this and our overall attendance is 95%.

We are really pleased to have enabled some Year 9 practical lessons to take place this week in dance, food and drama, and Year 7 are having some food practical lessons.  This is great as these subjects are much better learnt in specialist rooms and these will continue from now on.

As we work towards the end of term and celebrating Christmas we will try to make the school as festive as possible, although obviously this is much more limited than normal.  We see advent (the four weeks prior to Christmas) as an important time for preparing and reflecting and will encourage this among the students.

You may have read of an academy trust proposing to close a week early before Christmas.  We have looked into this, and at the moment have no plans to do so at Esher High.

Your situation may have changed and we are acutely aware that this lockdown is having a negative effect on employment and family finances for some across the community.  If your circumstances have changed in a way that will affect your child or if there is anything you need help with please let us know by emailing studentconcern@esherhigh.surrey.sch.uk.  We will do our best to support you and your children.

Thank you as ever for all you are doing to help your children at the moment.  The students are approaching their school positively and the atmosphere around the buildings is purposeful.  I speak to the students regularly and they certainly appreciate all we are doing to try and keep school running and their learning as inspiring as possible.  I will write again before the end of term.

Yours faithfully

Mike Boddington

Headteacher