As this half term comes to a close

(Posted on 22/05/20)

Welcome to this week’s blog.

This has been another busy week in school for those dozen or so students who attend and have attended regularly since 23rd March.

The team of staff on duty each week have been very inventive in the nature of the activities they have planned. This week, Mrs Roberts’ team have been working around the national theme of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Activities this week have included producing some Tie-dye T-shirts, some craft work around the theme of mental health, some creative art work using Paint Republic and this afternoon – a fun run!

Tie-Dye t-shirts  


Wellbeing craft work

This picture was painted during a Paint Republic online art lesson that the staff and students completed together.

Every week, I’ve been really impressed by the efforts of students and staff and the creative work they have produced.

It’s not just teaching staff who are busy in school during Emergency School Provision. Our support staff are busy dealing with the myriad of new regulations that have come into force from the Department for Education – of which there are several on a daily basis, they are also still preparing for events such as Year 6 transition and this week a mini-version of the school magazine, The Swan, will be published. Our site team are also busy sprucing up the building, including making some major alterations to some classrooms. We are about three or four full-sized classrooms short for the expected increase in school roll next year and they are making sure that we utilise all available space in school.

Our uniform supplier, Uniformity is busy preparing to supply uniform in preparation ?for the Autumn Term. At present, and in accordance with government guidelines, Uniformity’s Handbridge premises are closed and it is expected that there will be restrictions on the operation of the shop for some time. For this reason, we would ask that orders are placed online by 6th July 2020.  ?This will allow sufficient time for exchanges to be made, if required, and to avoid delays due to the anticipated additional demand for the delivery service. There are various delivery options available:

    1. Delivery to home (fastest delivery method) a delivery charge of £6.00 applies
    2. Collect from the shop by pre-arranged appointment– Uniformity will contact you to arrange collection
    3. Delivery to school by pre-arranged appointment – You will be contacted to arrange a collection time. For current Year 6 students please add your child's name and the name of their current primary school to the name field.

I have, today, written to all parents, carers and students, outlining our plans for school provision from 1st June.  This letter has been posted on the school website and the link to this has been sent to parents and carers in an email.   Whilst we have tried to give as much detail as we can regarding the government’s intention for schools to open more widely, there are still a lot of unknowns and at the time of writing, we are still awaiting the Secondary School Guidance document promised by the Department for Education. So there are still lots of caveats to the plans we have made. We will keep you regularly updated.

The May half term holiday would normally take place next week, so staff will not be setting any home learning. This is a time for everyone to take a break and to focus on family life and some relaxation.

Thank you for your continued support.

DP Jones









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