Weekly update from the Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope that you are all managing to stay safe as we end the 6th week of lockdown.

Schooling continues to be very different and I hope that the online Teams lessons are continuing to support your child with their learning.  Students are continuing to produce excellent work and this weeks ‘Lockdown Learner Wall of Fame’ has been inundated with over 40 entries, well done to you all.  The winner this week is Daniel White in Year 8 for his project on Ghandi, congratulations, the vouchers are on the way to you!

We have been busy at school making calls to all of you this week, we aim to have spoken to or contacted everyone at the school by the end of today.  Hopefully this has allowed you to have a conversation with a member of staff and iron out any issues that you may have.  We have found this a very useful and positive experience and thank you to so many of you for your kind messages of support for the staff, it is very much appreciated.  This is something that we will repeat after half term, if the lockdown continues.

As far as the lockdown is concerned, we still have had no new information from the Government about returning to school.  I suspect that there will be something in the announcements next week, and it will more than likely be some sort of phased return for certain year groups.  When we know more we will pass it on, but rest assured that we will do everything that we can to try and ensure that there is a smooth transition back into school.

We have now moved from the Dorset Free School Meal scheme to the Government one.  New vouchers should be received by all those eligible.  There have been some issues with the scheme nationally, and if you are in receipt of a voucher and are having problems, then please do contact the school and we will do everything in our power to try and rectify the situation.

There has been some positive news regarding the cancelled ski trip in that we have now had it formally confirmed that there will be a refund.  Unfortunately, this will not probably come through until August (due to the number of cancellations that are being dealt with), but at least we can be assured that there will be a return of money.  The Battlefields trip will also be cancelled and we will go through the same process so will be expecting the same refund.

Later today we will be sending out the assessment week timetable for Year 10 and 12 students.  Assessment week begins on the 11th May and each day students will be expected to complete an assessment in line with the timetable.  The assessments themselves will be set in Teams and we will send exact instructions of how to access them next week.  Transition projects for Year 11’s coming back into Year 12 will also be available from the 11th May.  Mrs Rayner (Assistant Head in charge of Sixth Form) has written to all those Year 11’s who have applied to the sixth form this week and there will be details of how to access the transition projects to follow.

The school will be open over the May half term (as it was over Easter), but we will be shut for everyone on the May 8th Bank Holiday.

Take care
Adam Darley

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