19th March 2021


Dear parents and students,

It has been a very busy couple of weeks with the Asymptomatic LFD testing and I am very proud of all of the students who have been part of this process. It has been an important part of supporting the schools to reopen to all students and return to providing face to face education to the 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 if 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 the 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 your PCR test. National guidance must then be followed. All LFD tests carried out at home must be reported to the Government portal and also 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. Any positive cases, please also report 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.

Year 11 and 13 particularly need to focus on the next couple of months of their learning and work to ensure that they are giving themselves the best opportunities to provide evidence of the grades that they deserve. We cannot stress enough that this period of time is vital and could still make a difference. With regard to the exam year groups, anticipated leaving dates have been provisionally agreed for both year groups. Friday 21 May for Year 13 and Friday 28 May for Year 11. Please be aware that these are subject to change if national guidance gets updated.

Please can we remind the Year 9 parents that the deadline for submitting the Year 9 Options Forms is Friday, 26 March. Please see the school website for the fantastic subject videos and all of the relevant information, if your child is still undecided. If you have any unanswered questions then please contact your child’s Head of Year in the first instance.

We have one more week of the half term left and we do expect the students to focus on their learning and their behaviour up until the end of the last lesson on the last day. We expect their uniform to be worn correctly and their attitudes to be positive. It is important that on returning after Easter they come back knowing our expectations will be the same.

Matthew Parr-Burman

Executive Headteacher and Head of Medina College