End of Term Update from Mr Wilding
Posted 3rd April 2020
Mr Wilding has published an end of term update.
To all parents and carers.
We have reached the end of what I was expecting to be a challenging term, being my first as Acting Headteacher. No one could have predicted, though, how challenging it has turned out to be.
As a school we have done our very best to put procedures in place for setting of work and for regular communication with parents and students. I would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to get in touch, especially for the overwhelmingly positive responses we have had. It is much appreciated.
As mentioned in my previous updates, I have now asked all staff to stop setting work for students and to observe what would have been the Easter holiday period, until Monday 20th April. I believe we all need time to rest and recuperate, especially our students who have been through such a stressful time over the last 2 weeks. For staff, also, it is vital they can spend time with their families to reflect on recent events and to rest, so we can all come back stronger at the start of next term. As no new work will be set over the next 2 weeks, we would also not expect students to be doing any ‘catching up’ of work they are still to complete; there will be plenty of time for this when next term begins. We have tried to send out as many ideas for exercise, relaxation and other non-work related activities as possible and I hope there are enough ideas out there to keep all students occupied.
School will remain open over Easter for vulnerable children and children of key workers, where this has previously been arranged between parents/carers and Mrs Bunting. This will be along the lines of a holiday club and no school work will be set.
Earlier today, emails were sent to students in Year 11 and Year 13, from Mr McElhone and Mr Archer, respectively. These messages include a link to a letter sent to all schools this morning by OFQUAL related to awarding of GCSE and A Level grades. As this information has only arrived in school today, we will be taking time to read through it carefully and fully assess its implications. We would, therefore, respectfully ask if no related questions could be emailed to school at this present time. Staff will be working on the awarding of these grades from the start of next term and OFQUAL have allowed a significant period of time for this process to happen.
Please keep safe over the next few weeks and thank you all again for your support.
Mr J. Wilding