Mrs Dewland's Blog - February 24th 2021

Welcome to this week’s blog from the Principal. Please note the information regarding a return to school from the 8th March and please be aware that  secondary schools will return on a staggered basis in accordance with government guidance.     

Welcome to the first blog of the new half term.

I hope pupils and their families enjoyed some ‘down time’ last week, and have returned to remote learning or school with their batteries recharged.

Firstly, I would like to thank parents and carers once again for all the positive messages of support just prior to half-term.  The school was inundated with these messages, and all were much appreciated by all staff.  Senior leaders and I have been very grateful for the support and understanding because it made the painstaking hours and weeks of planning worthwhile. Comments were also appreciated by teachers and support staff alike, as they have been the ones executing the plans.

Now, after the Prime Minister revealed his roadmap yesterday, we can look forward and plan to fully reopen.  There is a 67-page document behind the announcement that schools will return from the 8th March.

Nationally, primary schools will open on Monday 8th, but secondary schools have the discretion to have a staggered start over the course of that week in order to ensure that testing can be undertaken, and pupils can return safely before mixing in large year group ‘bubbles’ once again. 

Parents/Carers should also be aware that the Department for Education guidance asks secondaries to prioritise Years 10 and 11 in the first instance.

We will be communicating the details of our phased return from Monday, 8th March, as soon as we have finalised our plans.

Please bear with us and be patient, as once again this is another logistical challenge, but one that we will rise to once again, because we are really looking forward to welcoming all our pupils back to the classroom.

Also be reassured that, when the school does fully reopen, we will have stringent measures in place, as before, to protect our pupils and staff. By everybody working together in the Autumn term, our efforts meant that the school had one of the lowest isolation numbers and positive cases in the area.

We are determined to repeat those figures to enable staff and pupils to focus on teaching and learning.

In the meantime, please stay safe and well; there is, it seems, light at the end of the tunnel…..

Best wishes to all,

Mrs Dewland