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Update from Mr Wilding - 8th June 2021

Posted 8th June 2021

Mr Wilding has sent out a message to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers

Greetings from LCS and welcome to the final half-term of this school year.

'De-bubbling' and easing of Covid-19 restrictions

We are awaiting further information from government over possible plans to ease our 'bubble' restrictions in school. Consultations on possible changes to the school day post 'de-bubbling' have now closed for staff and parents/carers and I will be meeting Year Councils over the next two weeks to discuss plans with students. Results of the Parent/Carer consultation will be shown on our website soon and any changes to the school day will be communicated to all staff, students, parents and carers once decided and as soon as timescales for easing 'bubble' restrictions are clearer. I would like to thank the near 700 parents and carers who took the time to respond to the recent consultation.

For the time being, and at least until the previously published date of 21st June for the next government review, we will continue with the current arrangements as they are in school. We are making some minor changes to timetables and 'bubble' areas for some Year Groups now Year 11 have finished 'face to face' lessons, to allow students to have more access to specialist classrooms, particularly in Technology and Science. These changes have been communicated separately, where appropriate.

Parent Governor Election

Votes for the recent Parent Governor election have been counted and the top 3 candidates were as follows;

  • Candidate E - SW 53 votes
  • Candidate B - SK 32 votes
  • Candidate F - MJ 23 votes

Candidate E has, therefore, been elected to the school's Governing Board as a result of the election process. Thank you to all parents and carers who took part in the election process.

Covid-19 testing

We continue to ask all staff and students to test at home every Sunday and Wednesday evening. Results should be reported to the NHS and to school via the regular, established channels.

All schools have been asked by the DfE to continue requesting students to test regularly and to stress the importance of regular testing in keeping Covid-19 cases in school as low as possible.

I would respectfully ask all parents and carers to continue to follow the government's Covid-19 guidelines on testing and self-isolation and also remind all parents and carers that students must not come into school if they, or any members of their household, have Covid-19 symptoms, have a positive test result or are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test.

It promises to be a very busy few weeks before the end of the school year and I would be grateful if all parents and carers could continue to check emails, as well as the school website and social media accounts for updates. I will do my best to keep everyone informed of any announcements.

Thank you.
Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 27th May 2021

Posted 27th May 2021

Mr Wilding has sent out a message to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers

Greetings from LCS.

As we approach the half-term break, schools have again been asked to continue Covid-19 contact tracing into the holiday.

During the school holiday from Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June, any reporting of positive Covid-19 cases should follow the same procedure as during previous holiday periods.

INSET Day - Monday 7th June

Please remember that Monday 7th June is an INSET Day and school is closed to students. Students return to school on Tuesday 8th June.

COVID Testing and Reporting During Half-term

If your child develops symptoms of Covid-19 within 48 hours of last being in school and ultimately receives a positive test result, please contact us using the school telephone or email system (admin@ address) between 9am and 10am from Saturday 29th May to Thursday 3rd June.

Please remember that students testing positive from a home Covid-19 test must then book a confirmatory PCR test. Please contact school immediately if your child tests positive as a result of a home Covid-19 test and again when you receive the confirmatory PCR result.

When you call or email school, you will receive a message containing a dedicated telephone number for you to text a message including the following information:

  • Your child's name and Year Group
  • The date they first became symptomatic
  • The date your child tested positive via a home test
  • The date the confirmatory PCR test is booked
  • A contact number for a member of school staff to call you back

There is no need to contact us if your child develops symptoms more than 48 hours after last attending school, but please remember not to send your child to school on Tuesday 8th June if they, or any member of your household, has any symptoms of Covid-19, has tested positive through home testing and is awaiting a Covid-19 test result or isolating as a result of a positive PCR test.

Schools have been asked by the DfE to continue encouraging students and families to test over the holiday period and to report test results. The link for reporting results to the NHS is below:

Please continue to test on a Sunday and Wednesday evening and as well as reporting results to the NHS portal, please also report results to school by using the link which has been sent to all parents and carers via email.

When we return for the last half-term of the academic year, we are expecting new guidance on Covid-19 restrictions in schools, which we expect to come into effect from 21st June. The parent/carer consultation has been extended until 4pm tomorrow and I would encourage as many parents and carers as possible to contribute to this, so we can gain an accurate picture of opinion.

PE Lessons

With the consultation pending and while we await further government announcements, nothing can be confirmed at this stage. I can confirm, however, that we will be looking to start full PE lessons again from 21st June, if government guidelines allow, and students will be expected to have PE kit from this date.

We would like as many students as possible to be wearing full school PE kit from 21st June, but in order to make things easier for parents and carers we will accept a plain red Polo Shirt (with collar) instead of branded LCS kit. Students should wear blue shorts/track-suit trousers and red socks, as normal. Plain red Polo Shirts are available from many outlets from around £5.   From September, I would ask all parents and carers to ensure students are wearing full LCS PE kit, but I accept it is unreasonable for us to insist on this at present.

Music Lessons

We are also hoping to re-start Music lessons for all Year Groups from 21st June and any students interested in this should talk to their Music teacher.

I hope all our students enjoy a well deserved holiday from Friday and I look forward to seeing them all again on Tuesday 8th June.

Thank you.
Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 25th May 2021

Posted 25th May 2021

Mr Wilding has sent out a message to parents and carers of students in Year 11.

To all parents and carers of students in Year 11

We have been contacted by the Local Authority this afternoon, over a potential Covid-19 related issue in Year 11. At this stage we are not being advised to completely close the Year 11 'bubble', however it is necessary, as a precaution at this time, to minimise the mixing of students in lessons and around the school building.

For tomorrow, Wednesday 26th May, we are asking all students in Year 11 to attend for their exams only.Students should arrive at the normal time of 8-30am at the Fresco Drive entrance and will be directed straight into the exam room.

All students will sit their Maths exam tomorrow, which should finish around 10-30am. Most students will leave school at this time and should go straight home. Students then sitting the Further Maths exam and any pre-arranged 'catch-up' exams will remain in school and leave when these exams are completed, which should be around 12-45pm.

Once at home tomorrow , students, parents and carers should monitor email communication, for updates from school later in the day. Students should use the time at home to prepare for any remaining exams.

At present, the plan is for all remaining exams to run at the scheduled times, but it may be that students are asked to only attend at exam times and not for full days, for the remainder of the week.

We apologise for the short notice and emphasise that, at this stage, these measures are purely precautionary. Further details will be shared with students, parents and carers when we have them.

Thank you.
Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 19th May 2021

Posted 19th May 2021

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon, from LCS.

Thank you for your support so far this week over changes to face mask guidelines. Students have been sensible in following the new guidance and requests for exemptions have been actioned.

Please remember to contact Ms C Barrows (School Medical Officer) if you would like to request an exemption for your child.

Parents, carers and students in Year 11 were emailed earlier this week with details of our planned Remote Learning programme after May half-term. All relevant details and explanations of our plans are contained in the email and students will receive further information during an Assembly tomorrow.

We will be inviting a small number of Year 11 students to attend 'face-to-face' after May half-term, until TAGs are submitted to Exam Boards on 18th June, and will be contacting those students, parents and carers individually.

The main reason for my update today is to share with you a consultation document (link below) in order to collect the views of parents and carers on two main issues. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have needed to move to virtual Parents' Evenings this year, as well as finishing school at the earlier time of 3pm. As part of our post-Covid recovery strategy over the rest of this term and next academic year, I am interested in the views of parents and carers on these two issues and responses received will inform our future plans.

Parents and Carers have been emailed a link to the consultation form. Please submit your responses by 5pm on Wednesday 26th May.

As well as these two issues, there is also an opportunity for parents and carers to tell us of any other aspects of the school's work over the last year they would like to see continue, or be reviewed. This final question in the consultation is optional, but all views and comments will be considered.

School staff are also being consulted on the above issues and we will be discussing our plans with our Student Council. Once agreed, any plans made will be a for the next academic year and will be reviewed again for September 2022.

We continue, at present, to plan for potential easing of 'bubble' restrictions from 21st June, but this will depend on future government announcements. I will continue to keep all parents and carers informed of any developments.

Thank you.
Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 13th May 2021

Posted 13th May 2021

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Greetings from LCS.

I hope you are all well. I would especially like to wish Eid Mubarak to all our students and families celebrating today.

You will be aware that earlier this week the government announced a change to the guidelines on use of face coverings in schools. The new guidance, which comes into force on Monday 17th May, states:

"Based on the current state of the pandemic and the positive progress being made, it is no longer necessary to recommend the additional precautionary face covering measures put in place from the 8 March. From 17 May, in line with Step 3 of the roadmap, face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils in classrooms or communal areas in all schools. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms. In all schools we continue to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).

Children and young people aged 11 and over must still wear a face covering on public transport. In accordance with advice from PHE, they must also wear a face covering when travelling on dedicated transport to secondary school or college. This does not apply to children and young people who are exempt from wearing face coverings."

We will be following this guidance as a school and students will be informed in Assembly tomorrow morning of the changes to face covering rules. Students will also be reminded of the continued importance of social distancing and hygiene, to help maintain the current low number of cases in school and in the community.

We will continue with our strict organisation of students into 'bubbles', until which time government guidance allows us to review this.

I am aware that some parents/carers will be concerned about this change, but that some will also be pleased that face coverings are being removed. The guidelines do allow for face coverings to be brought back into schools in specific localised circumstances, in consultation with the Local Authority, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely over the next few weeks.

I would ask all parents and carers to be particularly vigilant and to follow the guidelines for testing and self-isolation. If students are sent into school against these guidelines, the hard work and planning we are putting in to running the school on a daily basis can be severely undermined and the risk of Covid-19 spreading in school and in the local community is much greater. Students must not come into school if they have tested positive through a LFT or PCR test, or if they or any member of their household have symptoms of Covid-19 and/or are awaiting a test result.

Exemptions for students needing to wear a face covering for medical reasons still apply from earlier in the school year and our Medical Officer, Ms Barrows, will be re-issuing exemption cards to these students. If a parent/carer would like to request an exemption for their child and did not do this earlier in the year, they should email school via the admin@ email address, for the attention of Ms Barrows.

I will be contacting you several times over the next few weeks, with details of a consultation over Parents' Evenings and timings of the school day, as well as, hopefully, our plans for coming out of our current 'bubble' organisation after 21st June; this will depend on government guidance changing accordingly.

Thank you for your continued support.
Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Job Vacancy: School Medical Officer

Posted 12th May 2021

Job Vacancy: School Medical Officer

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: School Medical Officer.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Mathematics

Posted 12th May 2021

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Mathematics

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Teacher of Mathematics.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

LCS Students: Help Design the Front of School!

Posted 11th May 2021

LCS Students: Help Design the Front of School!

The LCS Art Department is calling on LCS Student artists and designers to help design 2 murals for the front of the school.

The project is open to all LCS Students and is based around the three key aims of LCS: Learning, Caring, Succeeding.

You can download a document containing the project details and entry forms below:

Entries must be submitted by 25th May 2021.

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