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Beginning of term arrangements: Headteacher's letter to parents 31.12.20

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you and your families are safe and well.

I am sorry to be writing to you during the holiday period but thought an update regarding the start of our term was needed given the announcements made yesterday by the Secretary of State for Education. If you heard the announcements made yesterday afternoon, you will know that I am having to alter the plans we had in place for January due to the changes made by central government. I apologise in advance for the inconvenience these changes will cause to you and your families.

Our term was due to start on Tuesday January 5th for students, with the learning of some year groups taking place online, but with students in Years 11 and 13 coming on to site for their lessons as usual. However, this will no longer be possible given the current circumstances and the new arrangements are as follows: 

- All year groups will have online learning commencing on Wednesday January 6th. The details for this (whether these will be live lessons or work set via Class Charts) will be confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

- Children of key workers and those who require support for learning will attend school from Wednesday 6 th January to access their lessons. These students have been identified already and their parents have confirmed their attendance on site – but please note this will now be from Wednesday 6th January and not Tuesday 5th January as previously indicated. The additional time is required to ensure that the infrastructure and planning is in place to deliver as many live lessons as possible to our students.

- The week commencing January 11th, will see Year 11 and Year 13 students return to on site lessons with other year groups continuing their learning online.

- The week commencing January 18th will see all year groups return to lessons on site.

Unfortunately, the Sixth Form Experience day for Year 11 which was due to be held on Tuesday 5th January will have to be postponed. I will ensure the new date is agreed as soon as possible once we have been able to reschedule the plans which we had in place.

Public exams planned for next week will still be taking place. All 6th form students involved in these exams should still attend school on the days required for their exams as specified by their exam timetables.

We are currently involved in planning for the Lateral Flow testing which all secondary schools are being asked to make provision for from January onwards. When we know the details of what these plans involve and what the implications are for students, I will obviously share these with you.

Thank you again for your patience and support. I wish you and your families a safe and happier new year.

With every good wish

Niamh Arnull