Weekly update from the Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer

As we enter the last week of term we are already busy preparing for the full reopening of the school in September.

The main focus is to remain as safe as possible whilst at the same time functioning as an educational institution.  We are going to be offering a full curriculum to the students next term, although there will obviously be some restrictions on what we can and can’t do.

I want to start flagging up some of the changes that the students will notice when they come back to school so that we can all start working together to make the full reopening of the school as successful as possible:

  • we will be introducing a one way system around the school, to try and ease congestion and unnecessary passing of students in the corridors. If you know the school, you will be aware just how narrow many of our corridors are, so a one way system will ease this.
  • there will be an expectation that students are regularly washing their hands and that they ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’. We have had an 30 extra hand dispensers allocated around the site.
  • we will ensure that year groups do not socialise together, as we will have strictly designated areas of the school for each year group.
  • classrooms will be arranged in line with the DfE guidance (where possible) and staff advised to socially distance (where possible) in the classroom.
  • there will be regular cleaning of rooms during the school day.
  • there will be extra cleaners during the school day to ensure that touch surfaces are regularly cleaned.
  • all areas of the school will be ‘deep cleaned’ over the summer holiday.

Before the start of next term I will write with a full list of changes including drop off/pick up points; where we will expect students to enter the school; information about the restrictions to the café/canteen offer; and much more.  However, it is quite possible that the guidance may have changed again by then, so I am keen to only send you information that we know is correct for September.  Therefore I will write at the beginning of September to ensure that we have considered the latest guidance.

The standard of work produced by some students has once again been exceptional.  I think there may be more students on the ‘Lockdown Learner of the Week’ than ever before.  This week the winner is Ella Christopher in Year 8, for exceptional Drama work, well done Ella, enjoy spending the voucher.

As per the Government guidance we are expecting all our students to return to school following the normal regulations around uniform, hair colour and piercings.  If you are unsure about any of these issues then please consult the website, in particular pages 12 and 13 of the information booklet that can be found here https://www.purbeck.dorset.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/New-Parent-Information-Booklet-20-21.pdf . I know that some parents/carers may be thinking now of buying uniform over the summer, we would ask in particular that shoes are black shoes (no canvas, no logos), and that trousers are charcoal grey (not black, not skinny fit), PMG and Joys are our official stockists.

I will write again at the end of next week for the final time before the summer break.  Thanks again for everyone’s support this term.

Take care and best wishes,

Adam Darley
The Purbeck School

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