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Posted on: 19th Jun 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

I hope this update finds you and your families well.

You may be aware from the recent briefings from Downing Street that there have been changes in national expectations regarding wider opening of schools.  I stated in my update last week we would continue with our risk assessed approach to increasing the number of students attending each site, whilst maintaining an awareness of the infection rate (R Number).  With this approach in mind, we will be using the coming weeks to create a timetable of dates to provide each student with an opportunity to return to school for at least one occasion before the end of the academic year, before a potential return to school in September.  

This phased return of students will be on the basis of student and family need and a risk assessed approach to each child’s wellbeing.  I anticipate that in the first instance, the maximum number of students attending each site on any one day would be 25, this would ensure current social distancing measures are adhered too.

During your weekly contact commencing Monday 22nd June, the Form Tutors will discuss with you and your child your thoughts about a return to school on the basis as outlined above.  If you feel you child remains safer at home, I will fully support this decision.  The proposed return of students is in keeping with the easing of lockdown restrictions and we continue to follow all guidance as provided by Public Health England, Central and Local Government.  If you do have any concerns regarding our ongoing support for your child, please raise these with the Form Tutor in the first instance and if necessary, a member of the  Senior Leadership Team will get back to you.

We are waiting further information from Central Government regarding recent announcements relating to a £1 billion of funding which will be made available to provide ‘catch-up’ tutoring for students.  As soon as we receive detailed information on how this might be used for our students, we will share this with you.  

I wish you all a restful weekend

Mr Steven Ackerley - Executive Headteacher 

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