11 September 2020
The return to school has, on the whole, worked smoothly and the staff and students have approached it brilliantly. It is more difficult for every one and I wanted to flag up a few thoughts from this week.
Thank you for your support. Your support at home and the communication with school has been helpful and the students are coming with the right equipment, uniform and most importantly, attitude.
We currently have no cases of Covid here. If we do we will inform you properly and let you know the steps we are taking. Please do not listen to or spread gossip to other people if you have not had it confirmed by the school.
All students will have to wear a face covering in corridors from Monday. This is for 3 reasons:
1. Cases nationally and particularly locally are increasing and the recommendation last week needs strengthening. We need to play our part in reducing this increase.
2. We want to avoid students and staff getting the virus and them or others having to self-isolate or being seriously ill. This would, at the least, be incredibly disruptive and could of course be far worse for them or their loved ones.
3. Our students need to know how serious this is and that these measures are common in the community outside school.
Social distancing is very difficult. Corridors and dinner queues are particularly challenging, but the student bubbles, hand hygiene and zones are working well, hence the need for face coverings.
Hands – Face – Space. We are focusing on these priorities as well and this is a useful aide-memoire.
Changes to events. Year 8 Parents’ Evening is being moved back a fortnight to Thursday 8 October and happening virtually, and our Open Event will also be held virtually on Thursday 1 October. These changes are to help everyone stay safe.
Drop off and pick up. These seem to be working well and we appreciate you doing this away from school. However, could we ask that you refrain from blocking or restricting access in surrounding driveways and entrances when dropping off or waiting for your child. We would appreciate your help in keeping our neighbours happy! Numbers cycling are higher than ever, both girls and boys, and this is a great way for students to travel so please encourage this especially in the dry weather.
Learning is as good as possible. With teachers moving around to different classrooms, lessons are obviously going to be affected. We have all been impressed with student organisation, conduct when teachers change over, and their approach to the situation. Please keep encouraging them and we are all doing our best.
Mr M Boddington