A message from Mr Harrison
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope this message finds you all well in what are very unusual times. As you will appreciate we always do our best to keep the school open no matter what the circumstances but I’m sure you would agree that some things are more important.
I would urge you to follow the social distancing information from the Department for Health, if we all do our part in ensuring we limit unnecessary contact with each other, then we can help the NHS to work with the people most in need. Last week every child in the school was spoken to, where it was explained that if we slow the spread of COVID 19, we can support the most vulnerable in our community. Please support our health workers by ensuring your child understands the importance of good hygiene and of stopping all unnecessary contact with others. Reports of teenagers meeting up in large numbers in other parts of the country is not supporting anyone and only likely to harm others across their communities.
School is closed currently and no date has been set for its re-opening. The exception to this is we are supporting a small number of families, particularly of key workers, so they can continue to contribute to the health service and other essential industries. Staff are now on a rota basis to minimise contact so please do not send your child to school unless you are a key worker and if you have used the survey system last week to let us know you need our support.
Another concern for us all is what will happen for the children in Year 11 who were due to start their GCSE examinations in the next few weeks. So far, the information from the Government on what happens next is limited. We know that grades will be issued at some point this summer but no date has been set yet. We also know that it is to be based on a combination of teacher predictions and performance in other internal assessments over time. Children who are unhappy over the grades allocated may have an opportunity to either challenge them or sit a reduced series of exams at some point in the next academic year. None of these solutions are ideal, or in place in any full detail yet, the students have worked exceptionally hard over months and years in preparation but it at least looks like the Government are trying to put a system in place to support them in their next steps in education, employment and training.
We have provided a large amount of work on the school website for your child, I would suggest they follow their timetable each day so that they continue to keep up their learning across all subject areas. We do not expect parents to be the experts and all students are welcome to email staff with questions and completed work. Staff are not on holiday and are available to support you through the school closure.
If the closure becomes a more extended one, we have another plan in place to give students easier access to staff to help them with their learning. Once this is finalised I will write to you again with all the details.
We face very uncertain times, but we also now have a chance to show how communities pull together in difficult times. We need to make sure we look out for our friends, families and neighbours. Please follow the advice being widely publicised, keep your child learning using the resources provided by the school but more importantly stay safe and healthy.