Headteacher Update 18th June 2021

18/06/21

Dear Parent,

I hope you and your families are well.

COVID-19

We have had a further case in Year 9 this week as well as two cases in Year 10. When we are informed of a case we have a set process to follow; we know that it is disappointing for students and their families when they are told to self-isolate; particularly when this means that the student must not leave the house at all – but they are the regulations we must all follow. Similarly, face coverings must be worn on public transport – including trains and our school buses; and we continue to encourage students to travel directly to and from school. If your child is not told to self-isolate they should be in school. Please remember to email lnaylor@hartfordhigh.co.uk to report a positive test result.

We have now had instructions from the local Public Health Board regarding what we can and cannot do in school for the rest of the summer term. There can be no Sports Day, inter-school sport, Commendation Days, assemblies, Reward Trips or Year 6 induction days. We do feel that we can be compliant with guidelines by holding a socially distanced Summer Concert (outside with a maximum audience of 30 in family bubbles) and for the moment we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the Year 11 barbecue with the hope that we may be able to hold it in July.

It is heart breaking to have to have to tell you all this; please be assured that we are doing all we can to ensure as much normality as possible in all other aspects of school life.

POTENTIAL EXPANSION OF THE SCHOOL

You received an email on Wednesday regarding the proposal of Cheshire West and Chester Council to expand Hartford Church of England High School to 1,200 capacity and increase its Published Admission Number (PAN) to 240 from 210 with effect from September 2022. The governing body was approached by CW&C in February and has considered the matter very carefully since then. If the scheme goes ahead we would increase the number of students in school by 30 each year over the following five years; it could only go ahead with the addition of a further new build to the school accommodation.

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure that there are enough school places in the local area. The need to expand the school has arisen from analysis of the present and future need for secondary school places in the Northwich area.  In reaching this conclusion, the Local Authority has considered the local birth rate, planned housing developments and parental preference as expressed through the admission process.

A public consultation (from 16 June to 13 July) on this proposal is now open and we encourage you to consider the full consultation document that is available on the Council’s website:

www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/HartfordCEHSconsultation

UNIFORM

We have received some excellent feedback from parents regarding the uniform and we very much appreciate this. As a result of this feedback we have decided that:

  • Those students who are wearing shoes/trainers with logos that look like shoes will be allowed to wear them until they need replacing. We are then asking families to replace these with shoes that are compliant with the uniform policy. Any footwear that clearly looks like they are trainers will need to be replaced, however.
  • Our summer uniform will allow students wearing skirts the choice to wear them with black socks (below the knee).

 

YEAR 10 PERIOD 6

We will send out details of a remote information evening meeting about our plans for Period 6 in the next couple of school weeks. Year 10 students cannot wait to get going on this!

SUMMER WORK

If you have been onto the campus recently you will have noticed that we have scaffolding around the ROSLA block. This is so that we can replace the roof which must have been in place since it was built in 1970. For those of you interested in the history of the school this was the block added to the old boy’s school to facilitate the Raising Of the School Leaving Age (hence ROSLA) from 15 – 16. Once this work has been completed we will be refurbishing Mr Cooke’s Science lab over the summer holidays.

Work will also start next week on the Caritas gym. This will undergo complete refurbishment over the next 4 months and part of the work will involve the creation of a mezzanine classroom as well as a modern gym and dance/drama area on the ground floor. We are very excited by this development as it will allow us to modernise the one area of the school that hasn’t been touched this century – in fact probably since it was built in 1963 which makes it older than me. Just!

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland