Covid-19 Update 20th March 2020

20/03/20

Dear Parent/Carer

Yesterday we said a very sad farewell to our Year 11 students. The current circumstances have meant that they have been unable to complete a rite of passage that all young people should have. I promised them that we would hold the government to account to ensure that they would receive the results they deserved for their hard work over the past five years; we will miss them a great deal but we will still celebrate their achievements at the annual Certificate Evening in the autumn.

Today I have spoken to all students about the need to ensure they stick to routines in their school work over the coming weeks. I reminded them of my newsletter to all parents yesterday: that they will need a structured approach to what they do in terms of their school work. Please feel free to blame me for the following:

 

  • Insisting that they do some school work during every week day they are absent; children love a timetable and routine and will thank you for keeping them to it. A good starting point will be to use your child’s usual school timetable. We will leave it up to you to decide whether to set extra homework!
  • Turning off the Wi-Fi when appropriate (you know where the switch is!)

 

I reminded students of the indomitable British spirit and my complete faith that we would rise to the challenges ahead. I led prayers for those who are most in need at this current time and we finished with our school prayer.

All staff will be in school on Monday and we are already working on how we can remain open on a skeleton staff to educate a limited number of students, continue to set work for all students and monitor what they are doing. This will allow us to adhere to government guidelines regarding social distancing. For those affected, school will be open from 8.00am to 4.00pm and normal dress codes will apply.

I will continue to email parents at least twice a week over the coming months. This will consist of a combination of specific updates and thoughts on issues relevant to the school and education in general. I have always taken the view that schools are so much more than examination centres and current events only go to emphasise that point. Please feel that you are able lean on us for support over the coming weeks and months.

Hopefully by Monday I will have acquired some new black shoes!

In Caritas et Veritas

Mike Holland