We have had a wonderful start to the term! Attendance has been excellent and the pupils have been very happy to return to school to start learning again and meet their friends and teachers. I would like to congratulate Year 7 on the outstanding impression they have made on the staff in our school and a big thank you to the parents and carers who have supported
them in making this significant transition.
What is clear is that schools are not returning to life as it was before lockdown. All schools have had to work extremely hard to introduce measures to keep pupils and staff as safe as possible and it is no different at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School. We are pleased with how our new school day is running, with pupils having separate zones for social time, staggered break and lunchtimes and different entrance and exit points. We also have additional cleaning of touch points and toilets throughout the day. I would like to reassure parents and carers that pupils passing each other in the corridor is considered to be of minimal risk and in a busy secondary school with limited space, is also unavoidable. We are doing everything we can to keep school safe.
We are aware of the increasing infection rate in Birmingham and we have had a confirmed case of Covid-19 in our school community. We acted swiftly and have taken all of the necessary precautions; there are lots of schools in the same position and we are following all guidelines.
Finally, please know that all of you remain in our thoughts and prayers.