Headteacher Update

October 2020

A very long half term is now heading towards its conclusion. The resilience shown by our students has been pretty impressive bearing in mind that many had not been in school for so long, so I am sure that they are looking forward to a well-deserved rest at the end of next week – I know the staff are! There will be some minor amendments to the start and end of the day for some year groups after half term so please do look out for a letter that will be heading home early next week which will tell you everything you need to know.

Earlier this week you will have received information regarding our remote learning programme and asked to complete an online consent form. If you haven’t already done so, please can you complete the form at the following link: https://bit.ly/3743dc1

A copy of the information sent home can be found here

Part of our remote learning package includes Bedrock Vocabulary. We have invested in this innovative literacy improvement tool as it helps children to learn very important academic vocabulary, whilst encouraging them to read regularly. Many students are already accessing Bedrock but we would like everyone to get involved. Mr Gibson has circulated all login details via SMHW and Google Classroom. These can be re-issued by request to david.gibson@ntlp.org.uk In addition, weekly challenges to support literacy across the curriculum are issued as part of the ‘Communication’ programme on SMHW and Google Classroom. All students are encouraged to commit to exploring these activities.

Despite the worrying rise in cases locally, we continue to be fortunate in that we have had no further reports of positive test results for students or staff. I am also pleased to report that there have been no further cases reported following the self-isolation of students in Year 8.  There continue to be a small number of students self-isolating due to positive tests in a household.

It seems we are again entering a period of speculation of what is going to happen next in terms of lockdown measures, but as far as we are concerned we will continue to do our very best to keep everyone safe and support students so that they can do their very best in school.

I hope that you all have a safe and restful weekend.

Jonathan