6th November 2020

Dear parents and carers,

As you will be aware, the regulations around Face Coverings in schools have changed. A letter was sent to parents yesterday about this and there is further guidance in the newsletter this week. Students and staff need to wear their face coverings at all times unless they are outside, in lessons or eating.

We will be enforcing the regulations fully so please do all you can to support this and if you need to have conversations with your child to ensure they understand what is expected, then this would be appreciated.

Learning remains at the heart of everything we do. Being on time for school is therefore critical and the vast majority of students manage this every single day so thank you to them. We do though have some students who are persistently late. We will therefore be introducing stricter sanctions for students who are late (assuming it is not because of a late bus for instance which is not their fault).

School uniform is really important as it shows that a young person wants to belong to our community and that they are proud to be here. It is worn with pride by the vast majority but some students do struggle to look neat in it with untucked shirts, poorly tied ties and wearing hoodies. So a reminder that we will continue to tighten up on this too.

We are still aiming to avoid having any/many visitors into school and if you can avoid coming in then please do so. With COVID cases nationally rising dramatically and rising locally, be it at a much lower rate, we need to avoid contact if at all possible.

Finally – with all this enforcement of rules and regulations it can sometimes appear that schools have lost the point of what they are here for. We have not – we care hugely about our young people and we are aware that this can be a very stressful time for all. If you know your child is struggling emotionally or with their mental health then please talk to us about this so we can make sure we support as much as we possibly can.

Many thanks,

Mr Parr-Burman