Headteacher's Weekly Message
Dear Parents and Carers,
As I write this Greensheet message, my last for the time being, my message to you all is to stay well and look after each other in these truly concerning times. I have just been around the school site and heard the birds sing, felt the warmth of the sun and seen our blossoms in full bloom. The only thing missing in my pictures are our students.
We closed our doors officially for a while on Friday, after a week like no other. We said a premature goodbye to our wonderful Year 11s on Friday with uncertainty for them about their GCSE grades. Fortunately, we have now received guidance from the Examination boards so have already communicated that to them. We said goodbye too to our Year 10s, whilst Years 7-9 were at home from Thursday. All our Key Stage 3 students have been provided with a work pack containing enough Home Learning for the next month. Those students not in school were sent their packs by post the following day. I would like to thank Ms Kennedy and the staff involved for managing to accomplish this substantial task.
Staff will continue to follow their timetables for Years 10 and 11 and teach their classes remotely via Office 365/Teams, a platform we moved to at the start of the year. It is important that our students, for their own -and your - wellbeing try, as far as possible, to maintain the routine of learning whilst not being physically present in school. Their teachers will certainly be doing that to ensure that they are as fully prepared as possible to continue their post-16 educational or employment path. Our Year 11 students should also feel proud of the work they have achieved thus far, and we are all extremely proud of them.
Keyworker parents have been identified by the school, following the government list published overnight on Thursday. School has opened this week for the children of key workers only.
For parents of students staying at home, please note where you will be able to find the following information during the closure of the school:
As the school will be closed to all but a handful of children, please email any queries to email@example.com as we cannot guarantee that staff will be available to answer telephone calls to the school during this period of closure.
Thank you all for your understanding whilst we managed the changing situation last week. We know this is a stressful and worrying time for our school community.
Stay well and safe,