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12/05/2021

Letter from Mr Mirams - 12th May 2021

Dear Parents

 

I am writing to update you on various changes and activities that are taking place as we move to the end of this term and obviously the final term of the academic year.  It has been a challenging year for all in our school community and as I have said previously we hope that we can move to some normality as we move towards the summer holidays.  I hope this letter provides a clear direction going forward following recent Government announcements, updates in guidance for schools and communication that I have had with the Local Authority and DFE.  As always I will make decisions in line with the guidance and what I believe is right for our school as a whole and it will be impossible to please all members of the school community with our next steps.

 

In regard to Covid the guidance states that we should still maintain “systems of control” and should consider how to minimise contact across the sites and maintain social distancing wherever possible.  This is unlikely to change until June 21st which is in the middle of a term.  It is therefore, highly likely that the organisation of the school will remain in pods until the end of the academic year due to the significant reorganisation that is required prior to a return to normality in September.  I would therefore, like to outline the next steps of the school. 

 

YEAR GROUP PODS:

These will remain across both schools until the end of the academic year and there is very little change at Primary to the current systems we have in place.  At Secondary Year 11 and Year 13 will be leaving us on 28th May and therefore we are reviewing all Secondary pod locations to ensure that Year 9 and 10 have access to the facilities they need with their option choices.  As in previous years we have decided to re-timetable the whole Secondary so that Year 9 can begin their GCSE options.  Please be aware that there are changes to the entry and exit points of the school for year groups from the start of Term 6.

 

YEAR

POD LOCATION

SCHOOL GATE

SCHOOL ENTRY EXIT POINT

LUNCH AREA

7

SCIENCE

TOP GATE

SCIENCE LOWER HEART DOORS

HEART (OLD YEAR 9 AREA)

8

MATHS

BOTTOM GATE

PUPIL ENTRANCE

AS BEFORE

9

TECHNOLOGY

BOTTOM GATE

PUPIL ENTRANCE

SPORTS HALL

10

HUMANITIES

TOP GATE

MAIN RECEPTION

HEART (OLD YEAR 11 AREA)

 

TERM 6 START OF THE DAY:

At Primary the same arrangements are in place for the start of the day until the end of the academic year. 

 

From Term 6 the expectation at Secondary will be that gates will open at 8.30 am and pupils should go straight to their forms.  We will be reducing the staggered time and all pupils are expected to be in their form classes by 8.40 am and anyone arriving after 8.45 am will be marked as late. 

 

LUNCH ARRANGEMENTS:

We are now providing a normal lunch service for all pupils at Primary and I would draw your attention to the new menu that has been started this week.  At Secondary all pupils will now start lunch at 12.00 pm and will end at 12.30 pm and once again can I remind parents to use ParentPay to pay for school lunches. 

 

END OF THE DAY:

Once again there are no changes to arrangements at Primary.  At Secondary we will be reducing the staggered exit times and year groups will be leaving between 2.25 pm and 2.30 pm following the school prayer and notices at the end of the day.

 

FACE COVERINGS:

From Monday, 17th May Secondary pupils will no longer have to wear face coverings in school but we will support those pupils who still wish to do so.  We have been advised that staff at both schools should minimise possible risk by wearing them between lessons and in normal communal areas. 

 

At present at Primary drop off and pick up we would ask that all parents continue to wear face coverings as they do now.  Any visitor entering the school site must also ensure that they currently wear face coverings.  We will continue to review this as guidance changes in Term 6. 

 

LEGAL NAMES:

Following DFE guidance we have reviewed our procedure regarding the reporting of pupil information.  From this point forward we shall only be using pupil’s legal forename/surname and gender on all school documents such as pupil profile reports and Academic Overviews.  This is already in place for exam registrations and exam certificates. 

 

YEAR R, 6 AND SIXTH FORM TRANSITION:

Transition will be carrying this year as usual and there will be more information coming out from the school in the coming days.  Most of these activities will take place after June 21st when restrictions are likely to be further lifted. 

 

YEAR 6 TERM 6:

From Term 6 Year 6 pupils at St George’s Primary will be coming over to the Secondary for afternoon lessons but should still be picked up from the Primary at normal times. 

 

We are also in the process of organising a number of activities to ensure that the Year 6 have an enjoyable final term at Primary.  We will be in touch with you over these in the next couple of weeks.

 

YEAR 11 END OF TERM ARRANGEMENTS:

I am pleased to announce that this year we are aiming to have a Year 11 leavers prom at the school, as well as other events and opportunities as we move towards the end of this term.  On 28th May the Year 11s should come into school in full uniform when we will be providing breakfast, shirt signing opportunities and a final leavers worship.  They will then be departing the school site at 11.00 am.

 

END OF TERM ARRANGEMENTS:

At the Primary the end of term on 28th May has the same timings as every other day.

 

At Secondary the Local Authority have agreed that the school day for pupils on 28th May will finish at 12.10 pm.  This is to ensure that the school can reorganise in regard to Term 6 and changes in Pod arrangements.  Lunch will still be provided and pupils will be dismissed at 12.10 pm in a staggered fashion. 

 

TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES SECONDARY:

All pupils have been working extremely hard on ensuring that they provide teachers with as much evidence as possible for grades to be assessed for the summer examinations.  Once again, I would like to thank the staff for managing the increased workload that this has created and for the support that they have given the pupils during this challenging time.  Once again, I would like to remind both parents and pupils that the school is not in a position to discuss grades until results day in August.  Information will be coming out to you in regard to how the results day will be organised to ensure that pupils also get support with transition and next steps in their education. 

 

PRIMARY CATCH UP:

In Term 6 some children will be invited to catch up sessions after school with class teachers.  We cannot emphasise enough the importance of this and would ask that you support with your child’s attendance if they are invited. 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support as we continue to make changes moving forward.  Our aim is to introduce more normality in term 6 across both schools, despite current restrictions and we hope that we can move towards normal working in September once we have had the summer holidays to reorganise the schools.  As always we await each Government announcement, follow the advice we are given and still try and provide the best opportunities we can for all pupils. 

 

We are more than aware of the challenges that every individual in our community has had to face and I do hope that this correspondence provides some clarity for the next few weeks.  I would like to reiterate once again the gratitude that I have for the way in which pupils, parents and staff have worked together to get us to this point. 

 

God Bless You All

 

Adam Mirams

Headteacher