30th March 2020
I hope this finds you well, and that you are coping with these unusual circumstances.
We continue to remain open to provide support for a small number of pupils whose parents are critical workers and unable to keep them at home or with significant wellbeing and welfare vulnerabilities. Numbers fluctuated between 2 – 8 last week, with minimum staffing provided to reduce social contact. Nearly all of our pupils and staff have been working from home.
Next week will be the Easter holidays, and it is important that everyone takes a break from schoolwork, both pupils and staff alike. The school will be closed for this period, and teachers will not be setting work for the pupils. After the Easter holidays work will resume again, with homework set and contact maintained between staff and pupils. We are making every effort to ensure that all of our pupils are being monitored and to check that they are all okay. Please make sure that your daughter has made contact with her pastoral tutor, or other teachers, during the course of this week. If you have any concerns or issues, please let us know so that we can try to help, and provide support where it is needed.
Clearly the impact of the Governments strategy on the number of people with the virus is not yet clear and we are unlikely to see much change at the end of the current 21-day lockdown period. We may however have a better idea of what is likely to happen as we move into the summer term and I will continue to keep you updated on any changes or developments.
Thank you all for your support in these challenging times. It is a very unusual period, and not one that we have had any training for. We will make it through this and return to normal. Our focus must be to stick together, to support our pupils and to take care of ourselves. For those of you who are ill, self-isolating or caring for loved ones, we send you our best wishes and support.