Headteacher Update 27th November 2020

30/11/20

Dear Parent,

TIER TWO

We now know that when the second national lockdown ends next week, Cheshire West and Chester will be placed in Tier 2 restrictions. We also have some light at the end of the tunnel regarding three successful vaccines that will hopefully mean that by early summer 2021 most restrictions will end. Until then, at school, it’s the new normal as normal!

The Local Authority has asked us to remind families of the following:

This week the borough's COVID-19 infection rate has been the highest in the Cheshire and Merseyside area. We can all play our part to turn this around by following these simple measures.

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wear a face covering
  • Make space by keeping a two-metre distance from others where possible
  • Get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Students and families are also reminded to follow the COVID-19 safety measures we have in place at our school.

  • All adults to wear a face covering when visiting or entering the school
  • Parents/carers to arrive and leave promptly when dropping off/collecting their child – please do not congregate; and maintain social distancing as we know that the virus is easily transmitted from person to person. 
  • Students are to avoid congregating outside school and mixing with students from other schools and should go directly home. 

HSE VISIT

On Thursday 26th November we received a visit from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This was a random visit looking into the Covid safety of schools in the North West of England. We were judged on a number of areas including: risk assessments, management of risk arrangements, hygiene and cleaning, ventilation and actions relating to suspected cases.

The top grade is ‘Sustainably Compliant’ and I am delighted to say that we were given the highest grade in all areas with no recommendations for further action. We continue to work on becoming even better at how we do this but I am so pleased for the encouragement this gives to staff who have worked very hard on ensuring that we comply with guidelines that we had never even considered a year ago. This also reflects very well on our young people and the way in which they have adapted at school.

We were the first secondary school the inspector had visited where all the students moved around school to all of their lessons and he was very pleased with what he saw. By taking this approach we have been able to deliver our full curriculum from September with just a few tweaks based on individual curriculum area risk assessments.

AND FINALLY…

I am distraught that my mediocre League 2 football team has been placed in a Tier 3 area so I will be unable to see them play live any time soon. On a positive note, and something I should have mentioned last week, is that I have recently had another lockdown haircut. No-one has commented on this and I take that as confirmation that my home stylist has lost none of her skill with a blade. You may also be interested to know that my (not so new – April purchase) shoes continue to be very comfortable and show no sign of falling apart.

More from me next week. I hope you are able to enjoy the weekend.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland