Dear Parents, Carers and Students, 


It is strange to think that by the time the summer holidays start next week, the lockdown has lasted for four months! Although many restrictions have now been lifted, it certainly does not feel like we have, as of yet, returned fully to normal life and we know that it will take time before normality is fully restored. However, we are thrilled that all our students will be returning in September. 


Our main priorities as we reopen fully, are the safety of our students and staff and delivering a full curriculum during the school day, ensuring that students’ educational experiences continue to be broad, balanced and rich. As a result, we have drawn up specific plans, in line with current Government guidance, which will allow students and staff to return to school safely, reducing the contact between different year groups, and enabling us to deliver teaching, learning and assessment in all subjects as far as is practicable.  


We are also acutely aware that students’ experiences during the lockdown have varied significantly and some students have coped with the implications of being locked down at home more easily than others. We will be working closely with students to support them through any difficulties they have experienced and may continue to experience as we return through our PSHE and wellbeing programme. 


However, in order to ensure that students’ return to school and the Government’s plans for the Autumn Term are viable and sustainable, we have had to prepare for a new ‘norm’ and school life will look different for the academic year, even if we are able to make some changes at the end of the Autumn Term to ease the measures we have to implement. 


Today’s communication sets out key information that parents, carers and students need to be aware of before the return in September to help prepare for the changes to school life. We will be supporting students with this upon our return, spending time going over routines and expectations in much more detail during the first week in September. 


I have prepared a video ( ) which goes through the key points set out in the information sheet that has been attached for those who prefer to access the information in this format, but I would recommend keeping the information sheet for reference in September. You will also find a number of other documents attached to the email, such as the Student Code of Conduct which students and parents/carers will need to sign and return to school on our return. The Risk Assessment although also attached here has been published on the website and will be updated to reflect any changes or additions to measures. Link to the website: 


We will also run virtual Information Evenings for each year group in September where we will have the opportunity to update you on any changes and provide further information for the year ahead.  


All that remains is for me to reiterate my thanks to all our families for your continued support; it has certainly made a challenging situation easier to manage with the kindnesses shown and positive messages shared with us as a school and with the staff directly. Have a wonderful summer. 


Kind regards, 


Mrs Walter 


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