Posted: 20 March 2020

Coronavirus Update – 20th March 2020: Working from Home

Coronavirus Update – 20th March 2020: Working from Home

We will shortly be closing the school to all staff and students for the foreseeable future. In line with Government Guidance, we will provide supervision for a small group of students, but we must emphasis the Government advice that “If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be”. A separate letter has been sent regarding our key worker provision earlier today; but if you feel your child falls into this category, please email keyworker@prospect.reading.sch.uk In order to prioritise students most in need, we will require proof from your employer of your status as a key worker.

Therefore, for the vast majority of our students, we have created programme of learning that can be followed at home. We have created a webpage where you will be able to find all of our resources and daily updates as we move forward: https://www.prospect.reading.sch.uk/poodle/

Our teachers will be working from home. They will be updating and uploading resources to ClassCharts on a daily basis, and will be available to answer emails during normal school hours. We have produced a limited number of printed workpacks for students who do not have access to the internet only; these will be able to be collected from reception as from 9am next week. Please email reception@prospect.reading.sch.uk to let us know your child’s name, year, and which subjects you would like. Additionally, we have purchased a number of laptops that will be available to borrow next week – further details will follow.

I do not know when we will be open again, nor do I know what sort of world we will be opening to, but it is certain that we will be experiencing a very different sort of life in the next few weeks and months. Certainly, it has been an opportunity to think about what is really important to us as a school; the sense of community and pulling together has been truly remarkable. For our Year 11 and 13 students, I would like to remind you that nothing has been wasted. For the past eleven (or thirteen) years, you have been learning, understanding and discovering new things every day, and turning into the wonderful young people that you are. The fact that you may not have certificates to prove this doesn’t change a thing; it is the process and action of education that matters most of all. I am very sorry that you have not had the send-off that we would have wanted for you; if we are in a position to celebrate later in the year, I promise that we will.

For all our other students, I know that this is a confusing and strange time for you.  The novelty of not going to school will soon wear off. I hope you will use the time wisely; your teachers have worked hard to continue to provide you with learning opportunities and this is a chance for you to try something different, to get to grips with something that has been a challenge, to catch up on something you’ve always meant to finish. When we are able to come back, it will be another period of readjustment, so please don’t lose your positive learning habits.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Prospect – I am exceptionally proud to be the Headteacher of a school which has such a supportive, innovative and hardworking staff. I’m sure I’m not the only teacher who has pulled a wry smile at the memes on the internet – a lot of parents are going to find out just how hard teachers really do work!!

I will try to update you as frequently as I can; but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep our children safe, and hopefully we will be back to doing all our great Prospect stuff soon.

David

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