Change to Christmas Closure Date  – Parent Letter 10th December

Change to Christmas Closure Date – Parent Letter 10th December

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10th December 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you for your ongoing support. I am delighted that we have worked so hard together and have got through from September with minimal impact on learning for the vast majority of students, despite the challenges locally and nationally. Can I also take this opportunity to publicly thank the staff and students who have been resilient, determined and constantly positive in the face of significant change and challenge. It has been wonderful to walk around school this term and see high quality learning taking place all over the school.

Change to end of term arrangements:

You may have seen in the media that the Government have suggested that schools consider taking Friday 18th December as a staff training day rather than it being the last school day of term. This announcement was only made a few days ago, so it has left us little time to plan. We intend to follow the government’s suggestion and therefore the last day of term for pupils will now be Thursday 17th December when school will finish at the normal time of 3pm. Friday 18th December will now be a staff training day. I sincerely apologise for the late notice and hope that parents will still have sufficient time to put arrangements in place.

Year 11 Trial Exams:

Please can I remind all Year 11 students and their parents that major trial exams will take place in the new year. Students must ensure they get a proper break over Christmas but it is also important that they revise hard and are well prepared. Close on the heels of the trial exams in early February comes real exams for all Year 11 students that study Business or Health and Social Care.

Free School Meals – Christmas Holidays:

We were very pleased this week to finally get confirmation that we will able to provide supermarket vouchers to cover the Christmas period to all those students eligible for Free School Meals. We will be in touch with the usual voucher codes before the break. If you are unsure or think your contact details are not correct then please contact your child’s Hub team as soon as possible. If any parents have had a change of circumstances and think that they may be eligible for Free School Meals then please contact us. It not only provides your son or daughter with a daily amount of money to spend in the school canteen, but gives the school valuable additional funding to support their learning.

Covid over the Christmas Break:

A reminder that if your child has symptoms of Covid over the Christmas break, they must self-isolate in line with Government guidance. You should arrange for them to have a test and you must let us know the result. This is because we may need to undertake Track and Trace and contact other students or staff if their symptomatic period has covered any of their time in school. Please can I ask that if this does happen over the Christmas break you contact me directly. I am keen that the rest of the staff get a full and very well deserved break. My email is: If you are at all unsure what to do please contact me and I will do my best to help or offer advice.

A reminder that the symptoms of Covid are:

• A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back;
• A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour or 3 or more
coughing episodes in 24 hours, (if you usually have a cough it may be worse than usual);
• A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot
smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

May I also take this opportunity to remind you that if you have any safeguarding concerns over the
Christmas break, please contact the school safeguarding telephone line: 07724046375.

Finally, a reminder that school re-opens for all students on Monday 4th January.

Thank you for your continued support. I wish you all a restful and safe Christmas break, and we
look forward to seeing the students again in the New Year for another important term of learning.

Yours sincerely

Mr C Jupp