Last week the government published the much anticipated guidance about plans for schools to open to all pupils in September. We welcome the government's announcement that all pupils can return to school in the new term and we are already planning to welcome your children back.
However, school will not be quite the same as it was before it closed in March following the Covid-19 outbreak. As a school we now have to consider how we manage the logistics of having 1200 pupils on site in a way that is as safe as possible. This will mean some changes to the operation of the school day and there will be strict codes of conduct put into place to support pupils in maintaining appropriate distancing. As you can imagine, this is a considerable logistical challenge, given the nature of our school site and the number of pupils on our roll. The senior leadership team will be working on these plans over the next few weeks and during the summer holidays.
With such a short amount of time to plan for September, work will now need to begin to prepare the school site and staff will need time to come into school to prepare classrooms and curriculum plans for the new academic year. School will close to all pupils on FRiday 10th July in order for us to start work on the premises next week.
Before the end of this term I will write to you with arrangements for the start of term for each year group and letters will also go out to Y11 and Y13 students about how they will receive their results from centre assessed grading.
It seems a very long time since school felt 'normal'. It will be wonderful to see all of the pupils again in September as we adjust to a new 'normal'.