Headteacher Update 25th September 2020

25/09/20

COMPULSORY FACE COVERINGS IN COMMUNAL AREAS FROM MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER

The local Public Health Board has advised schools that they now strongly recommend the use of face coverings in schools. Consequently, we will introduce compulsory face coverings for students and staff in communal areas from Monday. Face coverings should be worn in corridors and the canteens when not eating (medical exemptions apply). It is not a requirement to wear them outside and in lessons (personal choice). They should be plain in style (this means I will be unable to wear my Walsall FC face mask) and students should have a sealable plastic bag to put them in when not being worn.

Generally we have had another really positive week in school; and although the Prime Minister’s words on Tuesday were not what we wanted to hear it was very encouraging for him to stress again that keeping schools open was one of the government’s key priorities.

PERIOD 6

Year 11 have responded incredibly positively to the opportunity they have had of having an extra lesson every Monday to Thursday. We are very confident that this provision will help us all when it comes to making up time for face to face contact lost during lockdown. In fact, it is proving so successful that we are looking seriously at making this a permanent feature of our Year 11 provision. Watch this space.

SCHOOL DAY AND PARENT PARKING

The tweak to the ending of the school day appears to be working well. The traffic around school has cleared well before other schools leave the campus and the slightly amended leaving times of Years 7 – 10 have given a more gradual departure.

I am sorry that we have no solution to parking and pick up points. All I can do is ask you to park considerately and if you are near the school please do not leave your engine running whilst you are waiting. I have also been asked by Sainsbury’s to remind you that their car park is for customers only.

STUDENTS TRAVELLING TO AND FROM SCHOOL

Thank you for the support of parents for ensuring that your children travel to school sensibly; please continue to remind them that the Rule of 6 applies to groups walking to and from school. Similarly we are very grateful for your support in encouraging your child not to visit shops on the way to school – by working together as a school community we can reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission and also student and staff absence from school.

CHEWING GUM

I hope it is obvious why this is not allowed. We are now actively considering issuing the very small minority of students who still think it is acceptable to chew gum in school with same day after school sanctions.

BAD WEATHER AND SCHOOL JUMPERS

You might wish to consider the possibility of purchasing a school jumper in the near future. Although this is an optional uniform item students will find it useful in the winter when, although the heating will be on in school, windows will be open!

TEACHING AND LEARNING FOLDERS

You may have noticed, your child has been given a folder with a mini whiteboard, rubber, pens and a paper copy of the knowledge organiser (knowledge organisers can also be found on the website).  These will be used within lessons to aid teaching and learning, therefore please ensure your child has them everyday.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland