On Monday, the Prime Minister announced that the wearing of face masks in secondary classrooms will no longer form part of the government’s guidance to schools from the start of next week, Monday 17th May.
Following discussions within the Trust in light of this announcement we have decided that we will continue to advise and encourage the continued use of face masks in classrooms, corridors, dining hall queues etc until half term, at which point it will be reviewed. Please note the use of the terms ‘advise and encourage’. Please find below a letter from Mr Wes Davies, Trust CEO, outlining the rationale for this.
Our students have been excellent in their response to our requests throughout the pandemic, and in particular over the use of face masks and lateral flow testing since we returned to school in March. We are very grateful for the tremendous support that we have received from parents and carers in making this successful. Whilst I’m sure that we would all like to see an end to the need for their use for a whole range of reasons, this prudent approach is the right one. We shared this message with students in tutor time this morning and their response was as it has been throughout: mature, considered and supportive.
Although we currently live and work in an area with very low rates, this was also the case for schools that have seen recent outbreaks. Our procedures have helped to secure those very low rates and have kept us free from any positive cases amongst students since we returned to school in March. It therefore makes sense for us to retain these procedures for a couple more weeks before reviewing the situation again. This is especially the case as Years 11 and 13 enter the final two weeks of their crucial assessment period. We have all worked so hard, students and staff, to make these assessments run as smoothly as possible, and it would be a shame to jeopardise this process at this point.
It is also worth noting that the use of lateral flow tests has been crucial in identifying school outbreaks where they have occurred, so please do continue to encourage your children to do these tests twice weekly.
Thank you for your continued support.
Take care and best wishes
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This is just a reminder that students should continue to test twice weekly on a Monday and Thursday morning. All results need to be logged on the NHS app (as per page 15 of the instruction booklet) and with school via the following link:
The Test Centre ID is SPPU.
Any positive results must be reported to school via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as the result is known and also with the NHS; a positive lateral flow test will need to be followed up with a PCR test.
If you have any issues with the kits, please contact Mrs Perry on email@example.com
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Following the recent retirement of Gillian Bradley after around 20 year’s service to the school as a Governor / Chair, we have appointed a new Chair of Governors, Chris Hallam. We have also recently welcomed 3 new Governors onto our Governing Body, they are Liam Jackson, Michaela Bell and William Bates.
Behaviour for learning and Rewards and Engagement Policy
Our priorities are to ensure that everyone is both safe and making the most of their learning in lesson. The Rewards and Engagement Policy has been developed to reflect both our aims and values as a school and the current situation; we want to make sure that, whatever the circumstances, the experiences and learning encountered by everyone on site, students and staff alike, are as positive as possible.
As before, parents and students can view the behaviour log on mobile devices through the ClassCharts app. Should you require any help at all in setting that up, please speak to your child’s Progress and Achievement Manager (PAM) in the first instance. It is worth noting that a significant proportion of students start this year with a good number of accrued reward points from their work during the closure period. As a result, many students are already ‘buying’ rewards and these will start to be distributed from next week.
In terms of day to day practicalities, before lockdown, almost 85% of all points awarded were for positive behaviours. That picture will continue, and hopefully become even more dominant, given how well our students have returned this year. However, where issues do occur, specifically in classrooms, we will follow the procedure below;
We will then require that a responsible adult come to school to collect the student in question at 3.50 p.m. We want to ensure that we work with families to ensure that behaviour is as strong as it can be to create the most effective and safe learning environment. The conversation at that point will focus on how the next day will be better.
Given what we have seen so far, we hope that the higher levels of this ‘ladder’ will not need to be used very often at all. Our students are generally fantastic; they are caring, respectful, happy and keen to learn. With those attitudes, the above only serves as a reminder of how we ensure that we effectively serve the needs of the vast majority of our school community.
After Easter we're offering extra PE for Year 7. If you'd like to join, please go and change in the sports hall after period 5. Please note, there are no school buses when sessions finish at 4:20 so students are responsible for making their own way home. We hope to see you there!