26th February, 2021

Headteacher’s Update 26/02/2021

Dear Parents and Carers

After what will have been over two months of remote learning, it is with great pleasure that we are able to welcome all of our students back to school safely on Monday 8th March. The school day will run exactly as it did before Christmas with the Year 7 and Year 8 students starting at 8.50am, Year 9 and Year 10 at 9.10am and Years 11, 12 and 13 at 10.15am with the same finish times as before.

COVID Testing

The reason that we can start everyone back on the same day is due to the fact that we can invite our students in for their first lateral flow COVID test next week. On Monday we will provide exact times and further details of this testing which will be for those students for whom we have received consent. On the allocated day of testing for the year group, there will be no live lessons and students should treat this as a preparation day, catching up on any missing assignments and reading through recent work. The testing schedule is as follows:

    • Year 11, 12 and 13 – Wednesday 3rd March
    • Year 9 and 10 – Thursday 4th March
    • Year 7 and 8 – Friday 5th March

Their second and third tests will be done in school when they return, again only for the students that we have received consent for.

Whole School Mass

At 10.30am on Tuesday 2nd March, this coming Tuesday, we will be live-streaming a school mass into your homes. Please feel free to join your young people and ourselves in mass during this season of Lent. Your young people will be emailed a link to the Mass on Monday which is to be celebrated by Father David Palmer.

Face Coverings

You may have already heard that students will be expected to wear face coverings during lesson time from the 8th March at least until the Easter break. This is something that we have been doing with the students that have remained in school and has not caused a problem. The students who had previously provided a medical reason for not being able to wear a face-covering will continue to be exempt.

Expectations

We will continue to have the same expectations of our students with regard to conduct, uniform, jewellery, mobile phones, make-up and hair. We appreciate that there may be some problems where students are unable to attend the hairdresser/ barber and we will make suitable allowances on an individual basis, within reason.

Awarding of GCSE Grades, A-Level Grades and Vocational Qualifications 2021

Yesterday OFQUAL announced the outcome of their consultation as to how grades will be awarded this summer. We are still awaiting further guidance from the exam boards and OFSTED so we can draw up our own plans in school. As soon as we are able to, we will be in touch with both yourselves and your young people about how this process will work.

Have a nice and restful weekend.

Yours faithfully
Mr Shenton

Headteacher

HEADTEACHER UPDATE LETTER 26.2.2021