Headteacher Update 12th March 2021

12/03/21

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you have been able to enjoy the return to some semblance of normality this week now your children are back at school. We are so pleased that students are back with us.

TESTING

By the end of today we will have carried out over 4000 Lateral Flow Tests at school (including over 3000 this week) At the time of writing this email one of those tests was positive and we have acted according to requirements in terms of test and trace and self-isolation. I can understand how frustrating this is for students and families in this position – particularly following 8 school weeks of remote learning – but as a school we have no choice but to follow the regulations laid down to us.

YEAR 11 TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES

We have been very impressed with the focus shown by Year 11 students in lessons this week. They have been working very hard in lessons in preparing for their first assessment point which will take place before the Easter break. On Tuesday 16th March, Year 11 parents and students will receive an online presentation explaining in detail the process for Teacher Assessed Grades at Hartford (Year 11 parents also received an email regarding this last Monday).

EASING OF LOCKDOWN: OPENING UP OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES

As far as possible we are keeping things as normal as we are able to at school; this includes restarting many of our extra-curricular activities. If the programme for easing Lockdown goes to plan we will also be looking to open our outdoor facilities for community use (3G pitch and Netball/Tennis area) from March 29th and indoor facilities (Sports Hall) from April 12th.

If at all possible we will also be looking to hold a Community Open Day in July – a chance for current and future families to come and see the fantastic facilities our school community benefits from.

PARKING

I have mentioned this issue before and did warn you that I would probably need to return to it! Please park safely, thoughtfully, responsibly and legally if you are picking up and dropping your children off at school. We realise that there are probably more cars coming to and from school at the moment as fewer people are using public transport, but under no circumstances should parents park in the bus bays or in a way that restricts the road to one lane. We have no solution to the problem and I can only repeat my request that parents drop off and pick up well away from the campus.

I hope you are able to enjoy your weekend.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland