Welcome to my weekly blog.
Our cautious approach to returning to school is working – I would now like to see more students take up our offer.
We are in the second week of the new Year 11s coming back for one day a week.
We have experienced a 50% take up, which is about the average across the country. By the end of this week, all Year 11s would have had the opportunity to spend some limited time in school.
Those students attending have enjoyed it and colleagues have been delighted to teach them.
It has been terrific to reopen formally although, of course, we have offered places to entitled children during the lockdown period.
Attendance of those new Year 11s is voluntary only until the end of this term.
Compulsory education, announced yesterday by the Secretary of State for Education, will resume in September.
I suggest this is even more of a reason for our new Year 11s to take up our invitation to attend before the end of term.
It will get them back into the habit of attending school.
We appreciate it is a big step – it has been for colleagues – and we are here to help them overcome any understandable anxieties about returning.
We will be repeating these last two weeks in the final weeks of term so there are opportunities for those Year 11s we have not seen to return. We look forward to welcoming them.
If parents have any issues they wish to discuss, please contact tutors or heads of year.
Colleagues continue to maintain contact with Years 7, 8 and 9. It is important they do not feel forgotten and we cannot wait to welcome you back formally in September.
We await details from the Government on how this will be done and will communicate as soon as we hear.
Colleagues and I continue to appreciate the support we are receiving from parents during these extraordinary times.