Important Letter from the Headteacher Regarding Returning in January

Dear Parents and Carers,

Yesterday afternoon, the Department for Education made a statement regarding the return to school in January in the context of rising infection levels.

From Tuesday 5th January, pupils in Years 11 and 13, along with vulnerable children and children of critical workers from all year groups, will return to school as normal. This also applies to pupils in primary, special and alternative provision schools and colleges.

Children who are classed as vulnerable will be contacted via ClassCharts, email and text message informing them of the process to book into Educare. Parents who are classed as key workers will need to access our website to book into Educare. The Educare facility will run from 9am until 3pm from Tuesday 5th January until Friday 9th January. Booking for key workers will be available on the website from Monday 21st December.

All other pupils in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will remain at home for the first week and engage in remote education provided by the school. It is currently planned that these year groups will return to school as normal from Monday 11 January.

Pupils in Years 7-10 and 12 will be expected to follow their normal timetable for each day, beginning with tutor time, and will be expected to access a mixture of live lessons and narrated PowerPoint lessons and members of teaching staff will be available online via Microsoft Teams for each of these lessons to help with any questions that pupils may have as they complete their work remotely. Information about what will be delivered/available and when will be communicated through ClassCharts.

In January, supported by Armed Forces personnel, schools will begin to offer rapid COVID-19 testing on site. We will update you as an and when this is available. Testing will of course be optional but strongly encouraged. Consent will be required from the pupil or parent as appropriate.

Thank you in advance for your support and we wish you a happy Christmas.

Yours faithfully,


K Dyke

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