Dear parents, carers and students,
As you will be aware, the school has remained open over the last 9 weeks and has continued to offer some provision over the Easter and Whitsun holidays. As the school is extending its opening as part of the governments phased re-opening of schools, we would like to draw your attention to some significant differences.
Physically, the school will be different when students come back. Our Facebook and Twitter sites have some images of the social distancing measures we have implemented and attached to this is a video of how yr6 will enter the part of the building open for them. As we open to more students, we will release videos of the school that will be open for relevant cohorts of students (Yr10 later in June for example). The measures we have implemented are much the same that you see in shops, supermarkets and public spaces. There is an expectation that we all adhere to these measures. As parents, we know that you will have explained these measures to your children.
The staff in school will ensure that these measures are kept by all in the building, adults and children. The staff will also be their usual warm and lively selves. So whilst the environment might be sterile and instructional, hopefully the human warmth will break through those safety measures.
Lessons will not be the same as before. The distancing and safety measures will not allow for the old style of lesson delivery. Different students in school, the majority at home, social distancing measures in school, different students from different classes and sets will be in one room and restricted staff access in school are just some of the reasons for a different style of lesson delivery being needed. Students and parents are asked not to expect lessons to be like they were 9 weeks ago.
Students will have a qualified teacher with them. Learning will be supported. Students will be expected to continue the majority of their learning via the schools online curriculum as they have been doing. Staff in school will be able to assist and support students in doing this in school. Staff in school will also use the resources (field, playground etc…) that the school has to benefit their learning and add some variety (within the parameters of the DfE Covid-19 guidance for schools).
We appreciate that this is a strange and testing time for us all. We thank you for your continued support and patience whilst we work through this. We understand how difficult it is for the DfE and government currently. We are receiving their guidance and numerous updates and amendments. It clearly is a very fluid and quick moving situation at times. We really do appreciate your patience and understanding as we keep up to date with the guidance and subsequent changes (see the change in policy regarding school uniforms for example). Please bare with us and if you have any questions, please do emails staff (their emails are on our website) or phone the school during the school day. We are receiving high volumes of communication, so please be patient, follow the communication chain we have mentioned and we will respond to you.
Mr M Bennett