End of year update

30th June 2020

END OF TERM UPDATE
 
Dear Parents/Carers,
 
We have been closely monitoring the government guidance regarding further reopening of schools and are now in a position to decide how best to approach the end of term.
 
As you know, we are currently open to pupils from priority groups. They are being taught in small group ‘bubbles’, observing strict social distancing, and coping with the new expectations very well. This approach requires all of our available teachers to be teaching in school, with a small team of staff supporting others with home learning, via telephone and email. Although the government are beginning to lift some restrictions, we are still required to maintain our ‘bubble’ structure in school, to minimise potential transmission of COVID-19 and protect all members of our community. Therefore, we are very close to maximum capacity of pupils in school.
 
With all of this in mind, we have made the following decisions:
 
 We will open to Year 8 for the final 2 days of term, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July, to celebrate their time in Middle School and give them a proper send-off.
 
 We will remain open to children of key workers and vulnerable pupils until the last day of term if required, but if alternative arrangements can be made for the final 2 days, we would appreciate them being kept out of school.
 
 We will remain open to Year 6 children (currently in school) until Wednesday 15th July, but we will not be able to accommodate them (other than key workers if required) for the last 2 days.
 
 We will not open more widely to Year 5 and Year 7 before the summer holidays, but we will try to arrange to engage with these pupils via video conferencing.
 
You will find a survey included with this letter, to be completed by parents of Year 8 pupils and keyworker or vulnerable children only. Please respond as soon as possible, preferably by Tuesday 30th June.
 
We are very much looking forward to welcoming back Year 8, and specific arrangements will be shared as soon as possible. We will tailor our arrangements based on responses to the survey, but it is likely that half of Year 8 will be invited into school on Thurs 16th July, and the other half on Friday 17th
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We appreciate that this is a challenging situation for everyone, and that home-schooling gets more difficult as time goes by. We know that this information will come as a disappointment to some pupils and families, but it is the best arrangement we are able to provide given current restrictions. We have everything crossed that we will be able to welcome all of our pupils back full time in September, but just in case, we will be enhancing our home learning provision with the introduction of Google Classroom over the summer.
 
Many thanks for your continued support and understanding.
 
Mr R. Oades
Headteacher