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    Return to School Monday 8th March

    4 March 2021 (by Stephen Walsh (walsh-s))

    Dear Parent/Carer

    I would firstly like to extend a big thank you for all of your support in helping us to ensure students can quickly return back to school. A number of parents and carers have volunteered to help with the testing process which means we can quickly get students back to the important business of learning, socialising, questioning and developing inside the building. The commitment of the students and the parents/ carers in the last 12 months has been nothing short of exceptional however we all recognise the importance of having our students in the building. I would firstly like to extend a big thank you for all of your support in helping us to ensure students can quickly return back to school. A number of parents and carers have volunteered to help with the testing process which means we can quickly get students back to the important business of learning, socialising, questioning and developing inside the building. The commitment of the students and the parents/ carers in the last 12 months has been nothing short of exceptional however we all recognise the importance of having our students in the building. 


    All of our staff can’t wait to see the students returning to their lessons and there is a feeling of excitement and anticipation building already. The Government and media are highlighting the opportunities to ‘catch up’ on any learning gaps that students may have. We have a very straight forward strategy to ensure this happens at pace in the coming months.

    1) High standards of behaviour for learning from all students at all times. 

    2) Allowing for high quality teaching and learning in all classrooms. 


    To ensure this happens it is essential that we remind students and parents/carers of some important points. 


    Expectations
    We will continue to have high expectations of all of our students. We have some well-established routines which we will continue to use to help students settle and begin learning as quickly as possible. We expect students to follow clear prompts and to communicate in a professional and respectful way. We understand that some students will be nervous, others will be excited and many will be relieved to be back so it is important we support each other in a positive way.


    Uniform
    We will expect students to be in full school uniform when they return to us, including blazer (or polo shirt for some year 7 students), shirt, tie and smart school shoes. We do however recognise the challenges of sourcing some parts of uniform especially when students have outgrown their current one. We do have a small stock of items in school and will try out best this week to reach out to those needing support with this. Student will not be allowed to wear coats, sweatshirts and hoodies in the school building unless directed by staff. Please reply to our uniform MyEd message which will give you the chance to seek support if you need anything specific.


    Equipment
    At the time of the Christmas break we sent a message to explain that students would now bring their own equipment with them, including pens, pencil, ruler and rubber. This is still the case and we hope you were able to take advantage of the stationary bus that visited the community during lockdown. We do have a limited supply of equipment available in school which we will provide to those students that need it but would ask where possible that students arrive ready and prepared with their own equipment.

    Student Wellbeing
    The most recent lockdown has brought a variety of new challenges to us all and I could not be prouder of how our whole community stepped up to support us. We want to ensure that as students return we give them the right support to remove as many barriers to learning as possible. Between now and Easter the focus of ASPIRE sessions will be mental wellbeing with the promotion of strategies and support that students can access. We remain in this together and the community spirit which we are all so proud of will be more important than ever as we begin to emerge into this next stage of learning. 

    Yours Faithfully,

    Mr Parry

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