Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
With the announcement from the Government yesterday that lockdown is to continue for at least another three weeks, it seems unlikely that we will be returning to school anytime soon. I appreciate that there has been much speculation in the media as to when schools will return but I must reiterate that both the Government and scientific advice is clear – we will return when it is safe to do so, and only then will we re-open our school.
Therefore, as today is the last day of the ‘Easter Holiday’, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you about our plans for remote learning as from Monday. We will be following a new timetable: https://prospect.reading.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/POODLE.pdf which will include a number of lessons taught live via MS Teams. I understand that not all students will have the same access to laptop equipment etc; we will therefore continue to upload tasks to ClassCharts and we will also be providing new work-packs to any students who would like paper copies – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require these, which can be collected from school (following social distancing rules). The BBC is also providing taught lessons for all subjects and key stages from Monday; these can be accessed via the red button on your TV, or at www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize. As before the holidays, teachers will be available to students via email or through the chat function in MS Teams during normal school hours. I would also urge students to make use of the other resources we have provided links to – the Greenshaw Trust Tutor Reading programme, and PE with Joe Wicks are an excellent way to start the day – both available through YouTube (links on our website).
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome two new members of staff to our school – not in the circumstances that we would have hoped, but we are still delighted that such excellent colleagues are joining us. Both will be new Heads of House; Mr Lyddon will be Head of North House, a very experienced pastoral leader joining us from a school in Hampshire, and we are very pleased to welcome Mrs Gerrard back from JMA as Head of East House. I appreciate that this will be an uncertain time for students and families in these two houses, but I know Mrs Gerrard and Mr Lyddon are both very keen to get to know their students. Queries related to pastoral matters should now come to new Heads of House; however, Miss Ralston and Miss Matten are still at Prospect (they have taken on new responsibilities) and will be working closely with the new Heads of House this term.
Finally, I hope you enjoy our latest edition of #prideinprospect (at home) – yet again it I am very pleased to see just how busy our staff and students have been over the last two weeks. I am especially proud of the work that Miss Ridgus and Mrs Stent have been doing to produce protective visors for frontline NHS staff, as part of a project led by Leighton Park School. A number of schools across Reading and Berkshire have already produced well over 10,000 of these masks, and we are delighted to be part of this project. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did; you can find it here:
With good wishes,
Mr D Littlemore