As the country slowly emerges from lockdown, we are too. Next week, we will start to welcome our first groups of students back; small ‘bubbles’ of Year 10 and Year 12 students. A huge amount of preparation has gone into making the school is safe for their return – it does feel a little strange to walk around school and see signs everywhere reminding us of social distancing, but this has been absolutely necessary to ensure the staff return of our students and staff. I met with the Governing Body this week who signed off our Risk Assessment and confirmed that we are ready to open. You no doubt will have seen the news this week regarding further opening of schools – it is encouraging that the Government is aiming for the full re-opening in September, as well as a comprehensive programme of summer catch up; as soon as we have further details we will share these, but like everything in these unprecedented times, they are often subject to change at very short notice!
For the majority of our students then, remote online learning will remain our main form of delivery for the foreseeable future. I always enjoy seeing what students (and staff!) have been getting up to and our new edition of #PrideinProspect is an important way for our community to stay in touch. As you will be aware, we have moved all our work to a single location in MS Teams – I know that many of our students have been using ClassCharts to access their work, but as we move towards more live lessons, the additional features in Teams mean it is overall a much better platform. You will receive a pack in the post next week with full instructions about some of the important features, including ensuring you receive notifications and how to help your child organise their work. As we are always looking to improve our provision, we would be very grateful if you could complete this short Remote Learning Survey to ensure our students have the best possible provision and are able to make good progress over the coming weeks.
As we have all got used to having meetings remotely, we are also planning to hold a ‘virtual’ parents’ consultation week. During the week of 6th July, parents and students will be invited to join subject teachers (via Teams) for short appointments to discuss progress and next steps. We will be sending the link out to make appointments out next week, but to enable you to start planning, all appointments will take place between 8.30am and 4pm, Monday 6th – Thursday 9th July. Teachers will continue with the delivery of live lessons which means that they may be unavailable at certain times, but we hope that by spreading the appointments across the week, everyone will have the opportunity to speak to all of their child’s teachers.
I am, as always, extremely appreciative of the support that has been shown throughout this difficult time,
Mr D Littlemore