Weekly update from the Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope everyone is well and managing to stay healthy and positive as the restrictions to lockdown continue to slowly ease.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming back some of our year 10 and 12 students next week. Year 10 students are being invited in for one day each week, based on their House. Below are the days for each House:

Monday/Kestrel; Tuesday/Kingfisher; Wednesday/Skylark; Thursday/Swift

Just a reminder that all students should be dropped off at the back of the school in the sports centre car park, and then all students should enter through the Main Reception. School will finish at 3pm from next week (this includes key worker children).

The school buses will be running and are aware of the changes to the timings of the day. They are not insisting that students wear facemasks, but please be aware that from Monday if a student is using a public bus to come to school then they may well require a face mask.

One plea from me is for students who are returning to remember to bring in their school equipment (pens/pencils/earphones for the PowerPoint presentations) and a packed lunch.

This week would have been the formal end to the GCSE/A level exams, and although I am sure that many year 11 and 13 students have welcomed not having the stress of the examinations, I know that many would have relished the challenge of taking on the exams that they had prepared for. As I mentioned last week we will be contacting all of our year 11 students shortly to ensure that they have plans in place for next year.

It is lovely that we are able to fill the ‘Lockdown Learner Wall of Fame’ every week. This week the award goes to Harry Hann in Year 9 for his excellent extended writing on ‘The Sign of Four’ in English. Well done Harry!

I know that it is a continual battle to stay focussed and energised with school work when it is all distance learning. We are, as a school, looking at ways we can develop some of the things that we do on Teams to encourage engagement and variety. We will continue to explore all avenues to try and engage our students. We do not have any details as yet about returning to school in September and when/if we do hear anything we will of course inform you all.

Stay safe and best wishes

Adam Darley
The Purbeck School

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