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Esher Church of England High School

Esher Church of England High School

Esher Learning Trust

School Closure 2020

Friday 27 March 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

We have all faced a week that we never quite expected.  Thank you for all your patience and support as we have put together at short notice resources and information to try and support your children to continue to grow and flourish.  It has been hard and confusing at times, and brings many pressures to bear that we are having to work through.  Your children will also have a mix of emotions and will not have been ready for this – indeed none of you have chosen to home school your children (whilst often working from home too!) so it is a testing and extraordinary position we find ourselves in.

My initial main message is not to worry; whatever your child can do is going to be good for them.  If they can’t do it or struggle, or take a huge amount of time on a particular problem, at least they have given it a go, and they should give some feedback to their teacher.  If it feels like the work is dominating and causing tension and pressure, then let your child have a break and do something else for a while.  We are all finding our way and we will publish a questionnaire next week to gather your views and perspective to help us plan next term.

We will also be writing in more detail about how, together, we can support our older children; particularly those in Years 10 and 11.  Getting the balance right for them is so crucial as they continue with GCSE study or prepare for the next step in their education.  We will be working with other secondary schools and Esher College to ensure this provision is as appropriate as possible.  We are also following guidance as it is formed from exam boards, the DfE, the Local Authority and Government.

We have had around 12 students in school this week – mainly the children of key workers.  We have had a very productive time doing some school work, and also a wide range of practical activities to keep them motivated, active and socialising.

You may have heard that some hospitals have been running low on PPE equipment and we have been pleased to send over 300 pairs of goggles, plus some aprons and face masks from our stock to St Peter’s and Kingston Hospitals. 

We talk a lot at school about our community and I am encouraged by hearing how children are keeping in touch with their friends.  It may be quite a long period without normal school so we will seek to learn along the way and make this as positive as it can be.

I hope you are well and keeping safe.  Please keep checking the school website for updates and looking out for each other.

Kind regards
Mike Boddington

We will keep this page up to date with further school information and Government Guidance relating to the school closure.

Please see below for updated documents from the school.

You can read the recent government guidelines in relation to schools on the following link;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19