Letter To Parents 31.12.20

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                                                         31st December 2020

You will probably be aware of yesterday’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson. The following now applies:

  • all students (with the exception of the children of critical workers and vulnerable students) will work at home online.
  • Week commencing 11th Jan – Year 11 and 13 return to school.  All other arrangements will remain unchanged with the other year groups receiving online learning.
  • Week commencing 18th Jan – all students will return to school.

For those students who have an exam in January, we will be in contact separately to inform you of how this will take place.

All these arrangements and dates are subject to change depending upon what occurs nationally.

Online Learning

From Tuesday 5th, online learning will be live and will take place on Teams, your child should have a Teams page for each class that they take, and they will need to access it at their normal timetable timeslot e.g. open their tutor Teams page at 8.30 am and say hello to their tutor, then open their P1 Teams page at 8.50 am to see what work they have been given for their first lesson. Staff will be providing work in a variety of ways; live demonstration, videos, use of other resources – but they will be available to answer questions live via ‘chat’. Work will also be submitted via Teams for feedback.

Please ask you son or daughter to inform their tutor if they do not have IT access and we will try to loan them a laptop.

Mass Testing

This remains a concern, both in terms of logistics as well as the reliability of the tests themselves but it is the government’s intention that all secondary schools will provide testing.

Once we receive the equipment (it is due on the 4th January) we will then analyse the best way to make this available and update you accordingly, but may I clarify the following points:

  • The tests are voluntary, no-one will be forced to take one.
  • The tests are self-administered.
  • The army are not providing the school with any on-site staff.
  • This is not intended to replace the existing testing facilities at sites such as Creekmoor. The tests administered at sites such as these are far more reliable, and they would still be my recommendation.

Best wishes and happy New Year.