Update from the Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

As we approach the end of the third full school week in lockdown I wanted to write to you to update you on developments at the school.

I hope that Teams learning has been working for you this week and that your son/daughter has been able to settle back into a routine.  We do recognise the difficulty that there is at times to access Teams, either because of computer access, or download speed, and we also do recognise that some of the time it will be difficult to support your son/daughter with the learning – all that we ask is that our students do what they can to the best of their ability.  If your son/daughter is finding a subject or a lesson difficult then please do encourage them to contact the teacher in question.

We still have no clear idea of when or how we may be returning to school.  The next announcement on lockdown is due on 11th May and we are hoping that at this point we may have some further clarity.

Well done to Willoughby Liley who has won this week’s ‘Lockdown Learner Wall of Fame’ prize – his enrichment project to create a stool was superb (there is a video of Willoughby making the stool on the website).  There was some stiff competition this week as well from Tom Hayman, Tonia Lamenyuy, Natalie Nowosad and Jack Newman.  Please keep sending work through and keep an eye on the ‘Wall of Fame’ that will be updated again by the start of next week.

As of Monday we are beginning the process of contacting all families through a phone call.  Members of staff will be making the calls throughout next week, please do let them know what has worked well and anything that hasn’t.  When they do phone it will be through a withheld number.  If they can’t get hold of you they will leave a message or they will contact you through an email to try and arrange another time to call.

Next week we will publish the schedule for the Year 10/12 assessment week and also full details on how students can access the assessments through Teams.  I will be writing to all Year 10 and 12 students explaining the reasoning and importance of these assessments.

Transition projects for students moving from Y11 into Y12 will also be available on Teams from 11th May.  Again more details will follow next week.

At the start of next month we are having to move to the Government scheme for free school meals.  If you are in receipt of the vouchers, we will contact you next week about the change and how the new voucher system will work.  You may have also seen an announcement by the Government regarding laptops for students.  We have applied for a number of these laptops but have not heard anything back as yet – again we will keep you posted as and when we know more.

As always thank you for your continued support of the school.

Take care and best wishes

Adam Darley
The Purbeck School

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