Please click here to download a copy of this letter dated 16th July 2021.
Dear Parents and Carers,
At the end of a challenging year for everyone in our school, local and wider community, I would like to thank all of you for your support of the school. I am incredibly proud of our students – their resilience, compassion and strength of character has been truly outstanding, and I hope they all enjoy a well earned break this summer. I am sure you will join me in also thanking our excellent teachers and support staff who have worked so hard for the young people throughout the pandemic.
Below is an outline of arrangements for the start of the new term. In line with government guidance, and to allow for on-site lateral flow testing, the start of the school year will be staggered.
Please be reminded that Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th September are training days and only staff will attend school.
According to current guidance, all students will be offered two lateral flow tests on their return to school in September. Arrangements for this process will be published during the Summer holidays and the start of term will be very slightly staggered to allow this to happen.
How the tests work
In-school tests will be supervised by trained staff. Most students will be used to the process by now, but we assure new Year 7 parents and carers that we will be particularly careful with the supervision of their children, for whom this may be new. Students will swab themselves. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, this time using a double nasal swab. Results (which take around half an hour) will be shared with the individual participant. Parents/ carers will also be informed of positive tests.
During the holidays, we will be sending out links to an electronic consent form and a privacy notice for you to opt into testing. The testing is voluntary and students will not be tested without consent.
Arrangements for Testing Wednesday 8th September
Year 7 Transition day (Arrival 8:45am)
Year 8 to Year 10 on the Learning Portal at home (unless being invited in for testing)
*Year 11 are on Work Experience week beginning the 6th September.
*Year 12 and Year 13 timetables will begin on Monday 13th September
Year 7 – test 1 (morning)
Year 10 – test 1 (afternoon)
Exact times for testing will be shared with Yr10 parents over the Summer holidays.
Thursday 9th September
Year 7 and Year 8 in school.
Years 9 + 10 on the Learning Portal at home (unless being invited in for testing)
Year 8 – test 1 (morning)
Year 9 – test 1 (afternoon)
Exact times for testing will be shared with Yr9 parents over the Summer holidays.
Friday 10th September
Year 7 to Year 10 students in school.
6th Form – test 1 (morning)
Yr11 students who are not in placements – test 1(afternoon)
Exact times for testing will be shared wit h Year 11 – 13 parents over the Summer holidays
Monday 13th September
Year 7 to Year 13 students in school.
Year 11 students who have been on work Placement – test 1.
All students will receive their second test during the course of this week.
I wish you and your family all the very best for the summer. Take care and stay safe.
Mr B Robson