Acting Headteacher Update – 15th May

Good morning all,

Our school remains closed for students until further notice, except for vulnerable students and the children of key workers. The government’s plan for reopening schools announced earlier this week is still conditional and by no means certain. Schools will only begin a phased reopening if “the 5 key tests set by government” are being met.

From 1 June at the earliest, secondary schools have be asked to provide some face-to-face support for pupils in year 10 facing exams next year to supplement their remote education. We will be working with sector representatives over the coming week to develop models of how this could operate at our school to ensure that all pupils and staff are safe.

Over the coming weeks our three key areas of focus will be:

  1. Ensuring that school is as safe as it can possibly be before staff and any students return. We will comply with all national guidance and will be transparent with staff and parents in terms of all we have and will continue to do in this regard.

  2. Developing the best possible plan for Year 10 to safely support their online learning with time in school if possible. Our aim is to begin some face to face contact as soon as we safely do so. Careful planning is ongoing in this regard.

    This planning continues with a real desire to have some face to face contact when we can do this safely. Clearly this would involve a rotation system where we would limit the number of students in school each day. I have further planning meetings with my leadership team as well as Headteachers in the other secondary schools in East Staffordshire over the next week to facilitate this planning.

    Given the risk around sending children to school. I need to collate information on how many parents of Year 10 pupils would permit their child to come to school.

    For parents/carers of Year 10 students please read this letter:
    Parents/Carers of Year 10 – Letter (May 2020)

  3. Understanding that for the majority of students in our school, those in Year 7, 8 and 9, (as well as those in Y11 and 13 who were due to sit exams this summer) we will not see them in school until September. I appreciate the demands and worries this brings and these students continue to occupy much of my thinking. As such as well as continuing to provide high quality on line learning resources we will supplement these in the weeks to come with additional support to complete home learning, regular check ins with all students and where possible more interactive resources and activities.

And please rest reassured that we are doing all we can to ensure that when school does eventually reopen it will be a safe place for all of us to work and study.

Laura O’Leary