Weekly update from the Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer

As we draw to the end of the first week back after the half term break I wanted to catch up with you all about the latest developments at school.

In line with the request from the Department for Education we are gearing up to welcome back our Year 10 and Year 12 back in to school, it will be lovely to see them all again (I hope they feel the same way!). This is quite a logistical operation with the restrictions that are in place due to Covid-19. As you can imagine there has been lots of thought into how we can safely bring students back on site and we have written to all parents and students in those respective year groups about how we intend to return from the 15th June. Inevitably, in the short term school will look, feel, and be a very different place due to the need to ensure that students stay in socially distanced ‘bubbles’. As the economy starts to open up again we are starting to have more requests for students to return to school in other year groups, and although it may be frustrating, can I remind everyone that the school is only open for those groups of children defined right at the start of the shutdown.

This week has seen the start of the Transition projects for Year 9 students. As a result of this their timetable has been changed to incorporate this new system, this will allow Year 9’s to focus on those GCSE options for next year and hopefully give them a real head start in those subject areas. Year 7 and 8’s continue to work in Teams, with some subjects moving to more project based themes to allow students a greater depth of learning in some areas.

We had another bumper week for the ‘Lockdown Learner Wall of Fame’ in the week before half term and this week, well done to everyone who made it. Jake Welsh (Yr9) has won the voucher this week for his excellent design and making of plant and bird boxes, as well as producing a detailed and developed English GCSE answer.

Once again can I take this opportunity to thank the site team and the cleaning staff here at school, who have been ensuring that the site remains safe and clean for students to use. Now that we are preparing for Year 10 and Year 12 students they have – amongst many other jobs – been moving furniture, installing new soap dispensers, taping off certain areas of the school, and deep cleaning  – thank you.

I will write again next week.

Take care and best wishes

Adam Darley
The Purbeck School

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