Daily Update

18 June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I trust you all had a good day.

 

Provision for Next Week - Critical Workers and Vulnerable Groups

In order to book your child into our provision next week, please complete this form - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WB22JUNE/. This needs to be completed by Sunday 21 June 2020 at 5pm.

This provision is ONLY for  parents / carers  who are critical workers or who have children that are classed as vulnerable.

I wish to stress that parents/carers retain the authority to decide whether school is an appropriate environment for their children. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools will not be held to account for attendance levels. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the increased numbers wanting this provision, I have changed the procedure slightly.  Desks will continue to be thoroughly cleaned each evening, but students may not be allocated to the same desk each day.  This will allow us to deal with different students attending on different days.  The group size will still be maintained at a maximum of 15 students.

 

Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions - Week Beginning 22 June 2020

 The Year 10 sessions next week are shown below.  

 Group 5 and Group 6 need book an appointment time here - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UZTV_UPn_DwkVnB8CgPrPmWbWPinq1iDaPtRE6IoIHY/edit?usp=sharing

  

Date

        Group

        Time        

        Subject

        Room

Monday 15 June

        Group 1

        10:00 – 12:00

        Maths

        U01

Monday 15 June

        Group 2

        13:00 – 15:00

        Maths

        U05

Tuesday 16 June

        Group 3

        10:00 – 12:00

        Science

        U01

Tuesday 16 June

        Group 4

        13:00 – 15:00

        Science

        U05

Wednesday 17 June

        Group 5

        See above

        Academic Review

        Canteen

Wednesday 17 June

        Group 6

        See above

        Academic Review

        Canteen

Thursday 18 June

        Group 7

        10:00 – 12:00

        English

        U01

Thursday 18 June

        Group 8

        13:00 – 15:00

        English

        U05

 

  

Black Lives Matters Booklet

The recent events in America following the appalling death of George Floyd have echoed around the world. I’m sure you are aware that ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations took place on a global scale,  to raise awareness and to educate people about racial inequalities around the world and to highlight the importance of taking action. 

Under normal circumstances, we would respond to this proactively, giving opportunities for children to learn about key aspects of what has happened, ask questions and share their thoughts and opinions through discussion with their classmates and teachers. 

Our Promise#1 is unequivocal: “We will remain a small secondary school so that each and everyone of our students can feel happy, respected and known as an individual within our safe and accepting community”.  We  will not tolerate any manifestation of racism and acknowledge the role that our school can play in dismantling systemic racism. This may be through relentlessly reviewing our recruitment practices, our curriculum and systems and processes. We have made progress, but we also know that there is much still to do. We will listen to our community to drive change and to equip our staff and students with the knowledge they need to understand and address complex social issues, and to be aware of and combat racism. 

Finding the right words to discuss such difficult events is not always easy, even for experienced professionals, but addressing this challenge is part of the process which is needed.  Indeed, I found myself in a very uncomfortable discussion recently, where I did not have the words to express my objections to what I was hearing. This is something I will continually reflect on and will deal with differently in future.

It is important that we support you in talking to your child at home. While people around the world are taking action against racism, so should we and it is our responsibility as a community to ensure that our children help to change the world for the better. Discussions with our children are a very good starting point for this. 

In order to assist you with these discussions, I have attached a booklet ‘A Parent’s Guide to Black Lives Matters’ which contains resources, activities and advice for parents.  Although the booklet is a little simplistic and US-centric, it will provide a good start to later debates we will have in school.

  

Next Year’s Calendar

Several parents / carers has requested next year’s calendar.  Due to the uncertainty around at the moment, we still need to finalise the parents’ evenings, INSET days, etc, but I hope to be able to share it with you next week.

However, I can inform you of the term dates.  

 

Autumn Term

        Wednesday 2 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020

        Half Term 26 October – 30 October

Spring Term

        Monday 4 January 2021 – Friday 26 March 2021

        Half Term 15 February - 19 February

Summer Term

        Monday 12 April 2021 – Wednesday 21 July 2021

        Half Term 31 May – 4 June, and May Bank Holiday, 3 May

 

  

How to contact us

Can I also remind you that we want to do what we can to support our students and their families during this period.  

In order to help with communication, we have set up a quick form.  By using this form, we will be able to respond to you very quickly and it will allow our reception staff to remain at home.

If you need to contact us during this difficult period, please click here.  The form is also on our website under the 'Contact Us' menu item.

  

Take care

Desi

Desi McKeown

Headteacher