End of Term letter from The Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer,

This term has been quite different from any other term that any of us have known. One way systems, face masks, cleaning rooms down, self isolating, have all become aspects of school life that we have now embraced as the norm.

I would like to publicly thank all the members of staff at this school for their dedication, hard work, and professionalism. They have enabled the school to run smoothly in extraordinary times. I would also like to thank all of our students who have taken on board all of the many changes in their stride. However, I think that we are all ready for the break!

The school remains part of the track and trace system up to and including Christmas Eve. Therefore, if your son/daughter tests positive for Covid-19 and was showing symptoms on either the 19th or 20th December then please let me know at adarley@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk  At this point we will then contact students who may have had close contact and ask them to self isolate.  We will not ring as we have done before, but send an email, both via SCOpay and the SIMS Parent App, so please keep an eye out for anything sent from the school.

Looking forward to next term we will be starting the options process for Year 9 students and information will be sent out in the first two weeks back after the holidays regarding this. Although we are still locked down in tier 2 as I write, there is a silver lining for Year 11 and Year 13 students, as they can use this time wisely to revise for their next set of mocks that will take place at the end of March (I am sure they will be delighted!).

Thank you for your support throughout this term, it has been very much appreciated. Please remember that we break up slightly earlier this Friday (at 1.10pm – buses are picking up at that time) and that we return to school on Tuesday 5th January.

Finally, on behalf of us all at The Purbeck School can I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Take care,

Adam Darley

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