Principal's Update 19th March 2021
I write to you as our first full week for all students has come to an end alongside our in school testing schedule. It has been another busy week across the school but one that has brought us comfort in routine and familiarity. Hearing the consistent buzz in classrooms of students learning and the general chatter that arrives at break and lunch is a small thing, but something we have missed dearly since December.
Covid and Testing
Our programme of testing students has now come to an end with the exception of a small number of students who signed up late or missed one of their three tests through absence. All students who have completed the guided tests in school will be issued a home test kit to begin using every 3-5 days. We will issue further kits for testing over Easter in due course. I would like to say a huge thanks to all the members of the community who volunteered to help us out in our testing centre. It has been lovely to see people freely giving up their time to support us and has been a pleasure to work alongside them over the last fortnight.
We have had three confirmed cases of Covid-19 since students returned to school, one in Year 7 and two in Year 8. Those students identified as close contacts have been contacted and have begun a period of self-isolation in line with the advice from Public Health England. If you have not received an email regarding this, your child is fine to continue coming to school as they are not a close contact. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
We understand there have been some issues for a small minority of students around the purchase of uniform. We are pleased to share with you news that Uniform Direct are offering a call and collect service. To place orders, parents can call 01332 342569 between 10am-1pm on Mon, Weds, Fri or Sat.
Thinking of Teaching is a series of events to promote routes into teaching and is the proud partner of the George Spencer Academy SCITT which provides high quality school based teacher training across our network of schools. If you are considering a career change or have friends and family looking for new and exciting opportunities you can find full details of primary and secondary teacher training at http://georgespencerscitt.co.uk/ . The next event is on 20th April - join for an immersion in lesson observations, testimonials from trainees and information about pathways into teaching:
- Virtual in-classroom experiences
- “What’s it really like?” video of a current SCITT trainee or NQT
- Details regarding the routes into teaching
- A live Q&A session with a member of the SCITT team and current SCITT trainee
- Group discussion focusing on key issues in education
Please click here to book a place on this free event.
Year 11 and 13 gradings and parents evening
A reminder that the parents evenings are coming up over the next couple of weeks: Year 13 Wednesday 24th March 4:30pm – 7:00pm and Year 11 Wednesday 31st March 4:30pm – 7:00pm. These will be virtual and details of how to book your appointments and access the evening will be distributed in a separate communication. If you do not receive this, please contact the Year Manager or Progress Leader for your child’s Year Group. Our teachers will be able to talk to you about how students are progressing and what they need to do to over the coming weeks to provide the evidence we need for grading them. Teachers will not be able to let you know the grade they will award a student as this will be determined through an in school process and subject to both internal and external moderation.
Whilst the end appears to be in sight it is important we all remain vigilant. In school we will continue with our expectations around distancing, hygiene and face coverings as it is the best way to maintain the security and safety of our student body during this period. Thank you to all our families for supporting us with this. I wish you all a safe and relaxing weekend.