19 June 2020
Dear Parents, Carers & Students,
It has been wonderful to have Year 12 students back in school this week and we are looking forward to the return of Year 10 too. Year 12 were clearly a little apprehensive when approaching the school site, but that soon dissipated as they met with their teachers. 80% of Year 12 students have returned this week and 83% of Year 10 will attend next week, which is excellent.
We are now working on ways in which we can safely manage the return of younger students (Years 7-9) before the end of term and how we will also offer subject specific teaching for Years 10 and 12. We are starting this process with Year 12 students coming into school for History, Business and Chemistry next week and intend to increase our provision each week from that point on. We think that it is psychologically very important for all students to meet with teachers and their friends during this half-term. It will also help us to address any practical issues and to think more carefully about how to support students via remote learning when they are not present in school. On that subject, Mr Wright, Assistant Headteacher, will share a survey with the parents and carers of Years 7-9 On Monday. The survey relates to both remote learning and the wellbeing of students. I will provide a more detailed overview of our plans for the next 5 weeks via the school website on Monday 22nd June, with additional information on Friday 26th June.
Finally, there are two other things to be aware of. We continue to update our transition materials for Year 6 parents and carers and will communicate in greater detail about induction next week. Secondly, language options for Year 7 students have been posted on Teams in the general area for French lessons. Could you discuss Year 8 choices with your child and contact Miss Schwaiger by Monday 22nd June with your option choices for next year? You can do so via Teams or email, and can ask questions in that way too if you would like additional information.
A J O’Sullivan