Changes to the start of term

Dear parents,

I hope you have been able to enjoy the Christmas holidays so far, despite the restrictions of tier 4. It has been really worrying, though, to see how rapidly the new variant of the Covid virus has spread throughout the South East over the past fortnight.

Yesterday, the Government announced changes to the start of term for secondary students, in the light of these increased rates of infection across the country. This now means that students will return to school as follows:

Tuesday 5th January to Friday 8th January

  • Only those students from Year 7 to 11 with Critical Worker parents (or who are classified as vulnerable) will attend Key Worker School on site; they will complete the same work as students accessing remote education at home.
  • All other students must attend lessons at home, using the remote education set on Google classroom.
    Some remote education learning will be ‘live lessons’ and some will be pre-recorded lessons. All students will follow their normal timetable and should do their schoolwork at home using the same timings as the school day.

Monday 11th January to Friday 15th January

  • All Year 11 students now return to school for normal lessons on site.
  • Students from Years 7-10 attending Key Worker School continue to complete their lessons on site accessing the remote education set in Google classroom.
  • All other students in Years 7-10 continue to access remote education at home.

Monday 18th January onwards

  • All students return to school for normal lessons on site.

Key Worker School

  • We have already allocated places for all of the students in Years 7-10 in line with the responses made to the [email protected] email address up to 23rd December.
  • Given the changes to the start of term outlined above, I now need to ask parents of students in Year 11 who are critical workers (click here to see who qualifies) to email a request for a place to [email protected].

On Site Covid Testing

We are still aiming to commence Covid testing on site next week, once we have received the testing kits and training and have assured ourselves that we are adequately prepared to be able to safely deliver this commitment for our staff and students.

I will write to you again with updated information next week. In the meantime, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Nys Hardingham