13th November 2020

Dear parents and carers,

I wanted to focus all of my blog this week on Face Coverings. Most importantly I wanted to give real heartfelt thanks to all the parents and carers who have supplied their children with face coverings and have encouraged them to wear them. I really appreciate that for some young people this is something they do not want to wear. So, your support as the adults in this is vital and welcomed.

There have been some colourful and interesting face coverings in school this week. The response in complying with government guidance by our students has been excellent. Wearing a face covering greatly reduces the risk of transmission and therefore helps in saving lives and protecting those around you. I like the NHS poster with the slogan ‘I wear this to protect you, please wear yours to protect me.’ Students and staff need to wear their face coverings at all times unless they are: – outside – in lessons – eating.

We need to focus on supporting our whole community and clearly if absolutely everyone wears a face covering then we are all taking this step to help protect each other. For every person who does not wear one, then the risk to others increases slightly. But there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering and we must all be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. Please trust us to manage this, which may involve some contact with parents/carers, so we are all confident that as a community we are together on this issue.

I think we all appreciate too that there are a very few people who are sceptical about the science behind the current pandemic. I have had some conversations with people for instance who believe it is “all a government plot” or that it is “made up in order to allow the government to exert undue control over our lives”. Everyone is clearly entitled to their opinion but the vast, vast bulk of society understand the seriousness of the current situation, and we will therefore continue to take the health and safety of our learning community very seriously and continue to follow the current Government guidance.

I would like to finish by confirming by real thanks to all the young people who are, almost without exception, obeying the guidance and conforming and joining our community together.

Many thanks

Matthew Parr-Burman