Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Covid-19 News and Updates, News | No Comments

Thank you all for the kind messages and emails sent to school. We really appreciate your support.

We have now notified all parents/carers who had applied for a school space from tomorrow.

As I’m sure you can appreciate, these are unprecedented times. We have done everything we can to ensure we have spaces for those that need it. We have had to make some difficult decisions based on the number of staff we have available; whilst reviewing the latest Government guidelines; considering the NSPCC recommendations; and ensuring our students and staff can stay healthy.

We are working at 10% capacity and therefore, based on this, were unfortunately unable to offer everyone who applied, a space in school.  

We have prioritised our younger students and those, according to the Government, that must be in school. We have also had to prioritise children when their lone parent or both parents are key workers.

If your child is not in school, teachers are setting work on-line and we have a number of tasks on our website that students can complete.

Important message for those who have children attending school tomorrow

We ask that your child arrives in school at 08:35 ready for the first bell. Please note, there will be no breakfast club provision.

We have taken the decision that uniform will be optional during the period of school ‘closure’.

The canteen will remain open but with a reduced menu. Cashless catering will continue but we will no longer be using the finger print recognition. If your child is entitled to free school meals, they will still be able to claim this. However, we would encourage families, wherever possible, to provide their child with a packed lunch.

School will finish at 3pm. Due to a staffing shortage, we are unable to offer homework club, nor the homework bus service. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes.

To encourage and manage social distancing, we are organising the students into small groups. They will be allocated specific areas they are allowed to go in school. Groups will be separated at all times. This is to minimise the risk of community transmission across the school and keeping students and staff safe and healthy. Break times will be staggered. We would appreciate your support in ensuring your child understands the need to distance themselves from others.

Throughout the day, students will have plenty of opportunities to wash their hands, including before and after break times.

On arrival at school, all students should make their way to the tennis courts where staff will take the morning register and put them into their groups.

Students should bring their pencil case but we will provide everything else they need. We are planning physical and mental wellbeing activities each day but students will not need their PE kit.

More details are likely to come into the coming days to confirm arrangements for the Easter ‘holidays’.

Kind regards

Kate Littledyke