19th March 2021

Dear parents and carers,

We have now had a full week with all students back in school. I have been very pleased with the behaviour and uniform of most of our students. I know Heads of Year and Tutors have been working with parents and carers and the expectation is that after Easter, uniform is to be worn correctly and students’ attitudes to be positive.

It is a very important time for year 11 students. They need to focus on their learning and work to ensure that they are giving themselves the best opportunities to provide evidence of the grades that they deserve.  The anticipated leaving date has been provisionally agreed as Friday 28 May for Year 11.  Please be aware that this is subject to change if national guidance gets updated.  This means that year 11 students have forty school days left to show their teachers what they can do.  As there are no exams this year, these days are now even more important for these students.

Year 9 by now, hopefully, have viewed all the relevant information on the website and are in the process of choosing their options.  The deadline for submitting the year 9 options form is Friday 26 March.  If students are struggling and have any further questions, they can contact Mrs King, Head of Year, in the first instance.

I have been very impressed with how students have responded to the Asymptomatic LFD testing.  This has now finished in schools and we are in the process of issuing the home test kits.  It has been an important part of supporting the schools to reopen to all students.

Students who have been given consent to be tested and who have been tested in school, have now been issued, or are being issued today, with home test kits.  If you would like to receive a test kit to test your child at home but they have not been testing in school, please contact their Head of Year so that we can email you the consent form and book a time in school for them to be tested.  They will then be given a test kit at the end of that day to bring home.

As a reminder, if your child receives a positive LFD test result at home, you should book a confirmatory PCR test.  We would advise visiting a community or drive through test site as this is the quickest way to get tested, or you can order a home test kit.  It is important that your child and your household self-isolate until the result of the PCR test.  National guidance must then be followed.  All LFD tests carried out at home must be reported to the Government portal and on the school online form, whether the result is positive, negative, or void.  The links can also be found on the front page of the website. All positive cases should also be reported to anna.mursell@iwef.org.uk

If your child does display any symptoms of COVID-19, they, and anyone they live with, should stay at home, and not have visitors until you get their test result – only leave home to have a test.

We continue to push the importance of hands, face, space. Respecting each other and looking after each other continues to be key during these times, so please do remind your children that even as daily routines begin to start to be more ‘normal’, we still need to be vigilant and aware of our hand and respiratory hygiene.

Have a lovely weekend!

Karen Begley

Head of School