Headteacher's Blog

Update - 19 March 2021, Mr Wallis

March 19th 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

The return to school from lockdown has been a great relief for everyone and it’s been heartening to see the school full of smiling students again.  We’ve had a very busy first two weeks back with all students needing to take their three tests alongside the full return to lessons and by Thursday, our amazing testing team had managed to complete the task.  Over 2,500 tests in all and I think we all feel reassured that in all of this we have had no positive cases detected.  Students have received their self-testing kits today ready for the next two weeks.  There are three tests in each kit, two for next week and one for the final week of term which of course ends on Thursday 1st April.  Instructions for the use of the tests are in the kits themselves and there are details here about how to report test results.  We suggest tests are carried out on a Sunday and Thursday evening at home and we ask that you inform us of any positive test result so that we can identify any close contacts here in school.

The students have been well mannered, thoughtful and respectful in how they have approached the return to school.  The maturity everyone showed in moving from classroom to testing centre and through the testing process allowed us to complete the task incredibly smoothly and that positive mindset has been evident as I’ve moved around the school this week.  Our therapy dog, Maui is also showing great manners as he helps some of our students settle back.  We had a remote visit from Ofsted this week and the students involved in this were incredibly positive about school, both during lockdown and as we’ve returned.   We look forward to sharing this report with you when we receive it.

It’s really important for students to feel that they belong to a community again and a big part of that is taking pride in our uniform.  Thank you for your help with making sure school uniform is worn, this week uniform has been noticeably better throughout the school.  Today we have seen many students substituting some of their normal uniform for something red in celebration of Red Nose Day.  For me, the ‘extra’ things such as red nose day that we do in school are what make the difference and help us come together more and it’s so good to see these things returning.  School clubs are running again and these alongside other projects such as the Eco-Committee, our garden project in Lowenporth and the Shelfie competition will help everyone get back to normal and ready to progress on into the future.

The staff and students I’ve spoken to this week are all pleased to get back to normal and enjoying the return of all these opportunities.  That said, I think everyone has also found this week quite tiring so I hope you all manage to have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend ready for another great week next week!

Best Wishes

Jem Wallis

 

Dear Parents and Carers

The return to school from lockdown has been a great relief for everyone and it’s been heartening to see the school full of smiling students again.  We’ve had a very busy first two weeks back with all students needing to take their three tests alongside the full return to lessons and by Thursday, our amazing testing team had managed to complete the task.  Over 2,500 tests in all and I think we all feel reassured that in all of this we have had no positive cases detected.  Students have received their self-testing kits today ready for the next two weeks.  There are three tests in each kit, two for next week and one for the final week of term which of course ends on Thursday 1st April.  Instructions for the use of the tests are in the kits themselves and there are details here about how to report test results.  We suggest tests are carried out on a Sunday and Thursday evening at home and we ask that you inform us of any positive test result so that we can identify any close contacts here in school.

The students have been well mannered, thoughtful and respectful in how they have approached the return to school.  The maturity everyone showed in moving from classroom to testing centre and through the testing process allowed us to complete the task incredibly smoothly and that positive mindset has been evident as I’ve moved around the school this week.  Our therapy dog, Maui is also showing great manners as he helps some of our students settle back.  We had a remote visit from Ofsted this week and the students involved in this were incredibly positive about school, both during lockdown and as we’ve returned.   We look forward to sharing this report with you when we receive it.

It’s really important for students to feel that they belong to a community again and a big part of that is taking pride in our uniform.  Thank you for your help with making sure school uniform is worn, this week uniform has been noticeably better throughout the school.  Today we have seen many students substituting some of their normal uniform for something red in celebration of Red Nose Day.  For me, the ‘extra’ things such as red nose day that we do in school are what make the difference and help us come together more and it’s so good to see these things returning.  School clubs are running again and these alongside other projects such as the Eco-Committee, our garden project in Lowenporth and the Shelfie competition will help everyone get back to normal and ready to progress on into the future.

The staff and students I’ve spoken to this week are all pleased to get back to normal and enjoying the return of all these opportunities.  That said, I think everyone has also found this week quite tiring so I hope you all manage to have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend ready for another great week next week!

Best Wishes

Jem Wallis

Assistant Head – Welfare and Safeguarding

 

 

Posted @ 13:56 on 19th Mar 2021 Back