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Government announcement – phased reopening 

May 15th, 2020

As I am sure you will have seen last weekend, the Prime Minister announced plans to ease some of the current lockdown measures as part of a “conditional plan” to reopen society. The plans include the proposal for a phased reopening of primary schools from 1st June beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children. No date was given for the reopening of secondary schools as yet, however, those students sitting exams next year (Year 10 and Year 12) will be prioritised. They indicated this will allow students to get some face-to-face contact with teachers to support their home learning.

It’s a very unsettling time for us all but rest assured that we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure we’re ready to receive some Year 10 if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.  I will only invite those students back when and if the assessment of the risk is that it is safe for both children and staff to do so.

I want to reassure you that we’re not going to be pressuring any student to come into school. We’ll keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so you and your child can make an informed decision about whether to come in. I will send further details to Year 10 parents next week.

Just as we have done over the last two months we will continue to provide parents with regular updates and will continue to share any further information as soon as we can on the timescales for the reopening of schools and the measures we are adopting to help keep students and staff safe. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on the home learning opportunities available for all our families which will include reviewing what we currently have in place. Further details on ‘Home Learning’ will follow towards the end of next week.

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