Letter from Mr Jackson – 1st May

I hope you are safe and well.

There have been a number of press articles speculating when and how schools will start to re-open when the current restrictions are eventually eased. The next review of the existing ‘lockdown’ rules is Thursday 7 May, and more information about this may be released at that time. In the meantime, school continues to remain open to the children of key workers and some students deemed as ‘vulnerable’, in circumstances where there are no alternative childcare arrangements.

I would like to thank you for your continued support in helping your children maintain some semblance of normality by ensuring they work to the best of their ability on the tasks set by their teachers. We understand that this is not always easy, for a wide variety of reasons, but it is important for students to continue their learning wherever possible.

Whilst next week does contain a bank holiday on Friday 8 May, the school will be open all week for those children who need to attend and teachers will be setting work as if it were a ‘normal’ working week. I am very grateful to all our staff who are very keen to support our students, and our fantastic key workers, during this incredibly difficult time.

I hope parents of Year 11 students received Miss Marsland’s letter yesterday, outlining the availability of our ‘bridging units’ to help students gain a better understanding of the demands of
studying post-16. It is essential that students who are considering studying A level, or equivalent courses, read the letter carefully and complete the relevant units of work.