Headteacher Update 22nd October 2021

22/10/21

Dear Parent

Today is the last day of the half term; students return to school on Tuesday 2nd November. On Monday November 1st we have an INSET day for staff covering further aspects of wellbeing and mental health for students and staff; safeguarding and curriculum development.

It has been a very busy half term and we have tried to keep things as normal as possible for our students in school; they have responded fantastically well and they deserve a break – once they have completed all of their homework of course!

DRESSING APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WINTER MONTHS

The clocks will have gone back by the time we return after half term and the usual reminder about dressing appropriately for winter weather is now due. The time for summer uniform has now finished so after the break students should wear school trousers or skirts with black tights. It is also crucial to remind students that we will continue to aid ventilation over the winter months by keeping the windows open in classrooms – so they may need to wear a plain T-shirt under their school shirt and a school jumper under their blazer. 4 layers of protection should be sufficient to keep warm and be compliant with school uniform requirements. Sensible coats and an umbrella are also recommended for the walks to and from school and between buildings.

COVID-19

You will be aware by now that vaccinations for 12 – 15 year olds (and students who are 16) are available at vaccination centres; these are available to book online or you may be able to attend a walk in centre. Please check the details first if you are accessing the latter. Attached to this email is another letter from the CW&C Director of Public Health.

As cases nationally continue to be at fairly high levels we have decided that there will be no events in school after half term that would require large numbers of adults to gather together. We have already announced that Parent Evenings will remain online for this academic year and, unfortunately, this also means that there will be no face to face Certificate Evening in November.

At least half of Cheshire West’s secondary schools have needed to impose restrictions such as wearing of face masks this half term and so far this has been something we have been able to avoid. The fact that we have maintained many of the processes we had in place last year could well be a major factor in this.

Many schools have also had considerable staff absence due to Covid-19 this half term. At this point I think I should remind parents that should staff absence reach a certain point, a Health and Safety risk assessment may suggest that we will take the decision to close a year group due to the number of adults available to teach in school.

YEAR 7 COGNATIVE ABILITY TESTS

Our refurbished gym has been used this week for Year 7 Cognitive Ability Tests; the Year 7 students have been exemplary in their approach to these tests – particularly when we consider that this is the first time they have ever been assessed under such conditions.

 

Thank you for the ongoing support you provide for your children and their education and I hope you are able to enjoy the half term week with those you love.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland


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