Good morning all – I do hope that you and your family remain well.
Last week we were all hoping over this period to hear some news about returning to school. However, it remains unclear when this will be and it seems that it is unlikely that it will be soon. For this reason we are now planning to support your son/daughter for the half term ahead. As soon as the Department for Education tells us that it is safe to open school we are ready to do so. In the meantime if any families have a spare laptop that you could donate to our school in order that we can then lend it to our students please can you inform us, so we can make arrangements to collect them, clear them and then issue them. If you have a spare laptop please email: firstname.lastname@example.org We would be grateful of any offers of support here.
Our students continue to access online work with interest and enthusiasm. I would like to congratulate them for their hard work.
Now in the third week of the summer term all students should be fully into a routine of completing set work. I will reiterate the point from my video message earlier in the half term that your son/daughter should not feel overwhelmed by the work. We know that there is far more work than can be completed. As long as they are working for three or four hours a day, they will continue to progress with their studies.
Moving forward we are looking into arrangement opportunities for pupils to be able to communicate with Year Leaders through Microsoft Teams. I will provide you with further updates on this in the coming weeks.
There are many examples of impressive engagements from students. For example, work produced through from the Daily Art Challenge and pupils competing in the Maths competitions.
You will also be aware that there are new resources available via BBC Bitesize and the Oak National Academy. Teachers will be advising when these programmes and exercises match our curriculum plans and will be useful.
The National Academy – https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom
Class teachers and tutors have also increased their direct contact with students. They are regularly emailing and, where appropriate, speaking on the phone.
I would like to particularly reassure again our Year 11 and 13 families. Teachers are working hard now to prepare centre assessed grade information to tight deadlines. This data will ensure that exam grades in the summer will be a fair representation of what your son/daughter would have achieved had he/she sat normal examinations.
Finally, over the last few weeks staff have been figuring out how to bring some more happy news to our school community whilst things are a little strange. In collaboration with our wonderful students – Miss Crowther (Curriculum Leader for Art) and Miss Scott (Year Leader for Year 8) have created our 1st of Issue of the Happy Newsletter. Whether you are a teacher, carer, parent or sibling I hope you find this newsletter can provide you and those around you with a little bit of happiness and positivity at this time.
And lastly, just a reminder if you need to contact us, school is open throughout the week from 8.25am – 2.55pm. Or please feel free to email the school on email@example.com. We will endeavour to respond where needed as quickly as we can.
As usual I will write to you again tomorrow.