Well, we have reached the final week of the most challenging school year any of us can remember. My sincere thanks to all of you for the support you have given me and the staff throughout this time. This has enabled us to function in the best way we possibly could for our community as a whole. We are now preparing for September, and I hope this update will help go some way to reassuring about how we intend to operate with all the students back in school.
We will be opening for all students in September, but school will be very different from what they are used to. In order to comply with government guidance we are going to keep each year group in a ‘bubble’. This means that each year group will arrive at a different time and through specific gates, have separate breaks and lunchtimes and have all their lessons in one area of the school. We also expect all students to comply with ‘Covid secure’ rules and expectations that will be made clear on their return.
In order to make sure we all understand how this will work we have decided to bring each year group in for one day each in the first week back. This will help reassure each group about how this will work for them. This will apply for Year 9-11, and Mr Petit, Assistant Head, will liaise directly with sixth form students about their return.
This will be as follows:
Wednesday 2nd September – Year 11. They should arrive at 8.55 and go to the top hard play, where they will be met by the year team. They will be dismissed at 3.05. All Year 11 students must use the GROVE STREET entrance.
Thursday 3rd September – Year 10. They should arrive at 8.50 and go to the top hard play, where they will be met by the year team. They will be dismissed at 2.55. All Year 10 students must use the GROVE STREET entrance. (Year 10 should wear PE kit plus a blazer on this day)
Friday 4th September – Year 9. They should arrive at 8.45 and go to the top hard play, where they will be met by the year team. They will be dismissed at 2.50. All Year 9 students must use the EASEMORE ROAD entrance.
Students will be expected to be wearing school uniform, but we do appreciate that students may not have some items due to the current pandemic situation. However, we do expect our usual high standards so students should remember to wear schools shoes, and ensure they adhere to our expectations regarding make up, jewellery and hair colouring. When students have PE on their timetable, we are asking them to wear PE kit (plus their blazer) to school so that we can avoid the need to use changing facilities. We are also asking that students make sure they bring their own equipment for school. It is going to be much more difficult for students to share equipment due to hygiene rules. As well as pens, pencils and a ruler, we are also asking students to bring a calculator. Although we will provide hand sanitizer in every room and around school, we would also ask students to bring their own and use this regularly throughout the day.
Unfortunately, in order to minimise any potential risks to staff and students we will not be allowing visitors on site, unless this has been prearranged and in exceptional circumstances.
From September, for obvious reasons, we are going to be a cashless school. We use Parent Pay as our online payment system, so if you do not have log in details please contact the school and we will re-issue these. New Year 9 students will receive these in September.
We have decided not to send out reports this year. We will resume this reporting in the new academic year.
There will be no face to face sessions in school this Friday.
Year 11 and 13 exam results
We wish all our Year 11 and 13 students best wishes for their results in August. Unfortunately we will not be giving out results in school this year, but students will receive results by email. A separate communication has already been sent to students regarding this.
I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff throughout the past few months. It has been incredibly challenging for them as well as the students. Many of them have been juggling teaching from home, with looking after their own children or elderly family members. Many have worked without a break since Christmas. I am expecting all staff to take a well-earned and much needed break from next week. September will no doubt bring many challenges and staff therefore need to recharge and recuperate before the new term.
I hope you are all able to have a restful summer break, and I look forward to seeing all the students in September.