Mrs Dewland's Weekly Blog - Week 10

Welcome to this week’s blog.

I would like to thank Year 10 pupils and all colleagues for the first week back since the enforced closure.  The initial group of pupils was absolutely superb. The pupils’ attitude to learning, given the amount of time spent at home, was exemplary, as was their respect for the social distancing measures put in place.  The pupils I spoke to were all positive and clearly happy to be back in school.

The school felt it was important for all pupils to have a ‘rounded’ week of lessons, including option subjects, and pupils seem to have really appreciated this approach.  We are one of the few local schools to adopt this, as many other Secondary schools are only offering face-to-face support in English, Maths and Science. 

All pupils have appreciated the individual and bespoke programmes created and the level of support each have received – thank you to all colleagues for your meticulous planning on this. 

I am sure the next three weeks will be equally positive, with the second group welcomed back today.

The Government’s stated intention is for all pupils to return in September and that is to be welcomed.  However, I would like to make it clear that secondary schools have received no guidance so far on how this is to be achieved and we cannot make any decisions or plan until we receive the guidance. We will update parents as soon as we can.

I would also like to thank parents for the positive responses we have had to teachers calling home regarding work. The school’s intention is to ensure that all pupils get back on track before the summer holiday period.  But pupils and parents can be reassured that the school will operate a curriculum recovery plan at the start of the next academic year.

This will help us recognise where pupils are with their learning and address any gaps in knowledge. It will also help with any understandable anxiety issues.

For current Year 10 pupils, we are aware that exam boards are consulting with the regulator Ofqual about content in next year’s examinations. We will, of course, keep pupils and parents updated.

And finally, with the annual Year 5 Open Evening not taking place in its usual way last Monday, a virtual tour, fantastic work across the school, and contributions from Year 7s can all be viewed on Facebook.  Thank you to the participating pupils, I am so proud of you all.  Hopefully, the school will be able to go ahead with the planned face-to-face open evening at the start of the next academic year on 15th September. 

 

Thank you and, as always, I hope you and your family keep well and stay safe.

Mrs Dewland

Principal