Headteacher's Blog

Update - 18 December 2020

December 18th 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

The year 2020 will be remembered for a long time in the way that we have all had to change the way that we live! It was great to see children return to school in September after the lockdown. Children quickly settled in to school and we moved to a more normal delivery of lessons. Thankfully we have not seen the disruption that schools in other areas of the country have seen so far and we have been pleased that lessons have continued, with some adjustments for the whole term.

I am sure we are all aware that this is not guaranteed to continue and we must keep following the steps that prevent the virus from spreading; by wearing a face covering, washing hands regularly and keeping a distance from others. I would like to thank you for all the positive messages that we have received in school this year. Students and staff have worked together really well despite the difficulties.

We were surprised by the Government announcement yesterday. We have been fortunate to only have a very few cases of Covid-19 in Falmouth. Last week in the newsletter I told you that we would not make last minute changes as this causes disruption to families, however the Government announcement means that the start to next term will change for some students.

  • Monday 4 January 2021 will be a staff training day (INSET) – no students should attend
  • Tuesday 5 January 2021 will be the start of the Spring term
    • Students in Years 11, 12 and 13, children of keyworkers and vulnerable children should attend school as normal
    • Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 (not included in those above) will need to access remote learning from home. An email has been sent to students with information about this.
  • Exams in the first week back for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 will go ahead as planned. These are for Year 10 Child development, Year 11 retakes of Child development, Year 12 and 13 engineering and Year 13 creative media
  • Monday 11 January 2021 – all year groups return to school

The Government has a definition of key workers (now called ‘critical workers’) and vulnerable children which is found at this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision. Dr Fox will send an email home with more information about this.

We have also been told that schools will be sites for testing of children and school staff. We do not have detailed information about this. As Cornwall is a Tier 1 the impact may be different here and as soon as we hear anything we will let you know. The Government has said it expects that all students will be tested and any close contacts to a positive case will be tested in this way by schools.  Again, we await clarification on this and we will inform you when we know more.

Can I remind you that should your child have fallen ill with Covid-19 symptoms on either of the last 2 days of term and they have tested positive, please email enquiries@falmouthschool.net to let us know. Schools have been told to identify close contacts and inform parents. We hope that we will not need to do this in the holidays, but this is our role in the Test and Trace system. Please do not ring into school as staff will not be in the building; only emails that give information from parents about positive Covid-19 cases will be dealt with in this time.

It is a shame that this newsletter is full of these arrangements. This week has been full of the usual excitement in the lead up to Christmas! One of our school bands has written their own Christmas song, I have seen many secret Santa presents being exchanged, dodgy festive ties and this year’s remote version of the 12 days of Christmas! Please have a look at these on the website or social media – the school’s virtual advent calendar (in the news tab of the website) has a wide range of positive activities here at school throughout December.

I hope that you and your family have a fantastic Christmas and we all look forward to 2021.

Best wishes

Alex George

Interim Headteacher

 

Posted @ 11:45 on 31st Dec 2020 Back