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We’re delighted to be able to announce the details of our open e-vents for September. Students and their parents will be able to access and experience a whole range of virtual experiences and activities which will help them make a decision about their secondary school in September 2021.
Families are encouraged to register their interest in our open events so they don’t miss out on any of the planned activities. The form takes 2 minutes to fill in and can be found here: CLICK HERE
Principal, Craig Cooling, said: “We’ve come such a long way in the past 12 months despite the pandemic and I am delighted to see that the progress we are making is being recognised. Our open events last year were a huge hit and this year we look forward to building on that success.
“Of course, we are disappointed that we can’t invite families in through the door but safety comes first for everyone. We’ve been meticulous in our planning and communications throughout the pandemic and it’s really important that we provide a safe, enjoyable experience for one of the biggest decisions that a family will make together.
“These open e-vents will give families the opportunity to make the right decision for their child’s education. We are a digitally capable school with a large community on social media, we’ll be engaging with prospective parents and utilising some of the skills that we’ve learned over lockdown to provide some fantastic content for the whole family to enjoy.”
What a strange few weeks it has been as we all try to adapt to a different way of living! However, it has been really lovely seeing some of the children back in school and I know teachers have enjoyed their phone calls with families and hearing about all the lovely things that the children have been doing at home.
We are now trying to turn our attention to plans for the end term, summer holidays and of course how things may ‘look’ in September.
The summer term will end on Friday 17th July and from this point on, the home learning will no longer be provided as we hope the children and their families will be able to enjoy a rest without the additional stress of completing work. You have all done an amazing job over the last few months and we appreciate that this will have brought its highs and lows.
We have also made the decision that this year, we will be unable to offer any form of summer provision for the children. This is due to low staffing numbers and maintenance work that includes new roofs and heating systems that need to be carried out over the break without children in school buildings. We realise this may be a challenge for some families who will have child-care implications, hence we are trying to provide you with sufficient time to enable you to make alternative arrangements.
We are now beginning to devise our plans for September as we are looking forward to welcoming all the children back into school. However, we are not yet in a position to share these plans as we are still awaiting further guidance from the government. Hopefully, we will be able to include a further update for families, alongside your children’s reports which will be sent out by post on Friday 10th July.
Should there be any further changes following the end of term, these will then be shared via the website.
Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times.
The closing date to register for the Girl's High entrance test is Friday 3rd July.
Registration should be made via their web site www.wghs.org.uk
The Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading for pleasure programme designed for children between the ages of 4 and 11.
CLICK HERE for the website which is free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home.
It's free, local and inclusive
- The Summer Reading Challenge is inclusive of all primary school aged children and all stages of reading development
- It's free to take part - families can sign up by visiting the Summer Reading Challenge website and can access e-books and audio books for free via their local library service until the libraries open fully.
- Children set a personal reading goal at the beginning of their Challenge and receive digital incentives along the way when they log their books on the website to encourage them. There's a digital certificate for everyone who finishes the Challenge
So, log on, sign up and take part in this amazing challenge! Share your certificates with us in school so we can celebrate your reading success. 😊
I hope the letter continues to find our families in good health.
I will attempt to make sense of the mass of advice, changing plans, differing opinions and legislation that circulates at the moment.
We now know that the advice is that other Primary Year groups will not be returning to school for the remainder of this term. We will however continue to welcome children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 all in line with the current plans that we have shared with you.
Sadly, it is not going to be possible to welcome children from our Nursery classes back to school this term. We have found we need to use Nursery space in order to continue our Reception provision in line with social distancing also Early Years staff are required to support Reception also.
Provision for our families in vulnerable circumstances will continue throughout the rest of this term. This is also true for Key Worker families (outlined on the Government list) however in some of our schools this provision is becoming oversubscribed; individual schools will advise on this.
The picture for Year 6 is confusing as we now know secondary schools are unable to provide a three week transition programme in their schools as was outlined by the City Council. They do plan to provide children with a secondary visit and perhaps a work pack. Because of this change, Goldthorn Park, Palmers Cross, Edward the Elder and Elston Hall have all chosen to keep our Year 6 children in their own school in line with our current arrangements, until the end of term.
Secondary schools may well now advise you of their individual transition arrangements as they will make these independently.
Staff from your own school will share any particular plans they have for Year 6 as we approach their leaving time, now we are aware the children will be with us until the end of term.
We have no further information around returning to school in September; as soon as we do be assured we will consider our plan and contact families. I do know our EYFS teams are planning their admission and transition arrangements and they will send you details in the very near future.
In looking ahead in such uncertain times our provision of before and after school child care clubs will not begin immediately when we return in September. It will of course be our aim to continue this as we always have but to plan this immediately in such uncertain times may well cause more problems than it solves.
Annual reports are being completed by teachers and will be posted to families from the 10 July.
A final note to explain schools will be open to appropriate groups this Friday 19 June – it will not be an INSET Day as previously planned.
Thank you for continued understanding in these challenging times.