Letter to Parents 04/06/2020

Please find below, a letter from the Headteacher, Mr Potts:

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, I pray that you and your family are keeping safe and well during this most challenging time and secondly, I would like to offer my personal gratitude for your continued support and patience. I write to you with an update regarding the cautious easing of lockdown restrictions and the implications for your child/children.

On 24th May the Prime Minister announced that Secondary Schools should plan on the basis that from the week commencing 15th June, they can invite Year 10 pupils back into school for some “face-to-face support” with their teachers to supplement their remote education.

In line with guidance from the Department for Education, please be aware that we are only permitted to host a maximum of a quarter of the year group at any one time to minimise the number of people on the site and that it is expected that remote education remains the predominant mode of education for the remainder of this term.

To achieve the ambition set by the Government, planning and preparation to make the college as safe as possible is well underway and we are very much looking forward to welcoming Year 10 students back, in phases, from Monday 15th June.

Please be reassured that we remain committed to taking a cautious approach to the wider re-opening and will do so only when we feel we have done everything in our power to protect all members of the college community to the very best of our ability.

Given the restrictions that we must adhere to, to maintain high standards of hygiene and social distancing at all times, the college cannot possibly operate in the same way as it did previously. We will not be able to return to a ‘normal’ college routine consisting of a range of subjects and teachers, with a range of social times for students to mix. Classrooms, communal spaces and everyday procedures will look very different in the weeks and months ahead.

Students must remain in social ‘bubbles’ within the same classroom during a reduced college day, attend on a rota basis and we are under strict Government instructions to stagger pupils’ start and finish times. In addition, the guidance stresses the requirement to avoid travel to college using school buses or public transport if possible. Until we receive further guidance from the Department for Education, this is the ‘new normal’ that we must establish and adhere to. So that you can understand all of the measures we are taking to make the college as safe as possible, we will be sending you a comprehensive guide once details have been finalised in the coming days.

In the meantime, we remain open for the children of our key workers and our most vulnerable students and remote, online learning will continue to be set for all students. Our staff will continue to remain in contact with all students and parents and continue to provide the support needed during these unprecedented times.

I hope the safety measures we are taking, which in many cases go beyond the recommendations made to us by the Department for Education, will help allay some of the anxieties you may be feeling about sending your child back into college.

I look forward to sharing more specific details and information regarding providing face to face support for your child/children to supplement their remote education in the coming days.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your support and the many positive messages we continue to receive on a daily basis.

Yours sincerely,

Mr G R Potts