Welcome to my last blog of an extraordinary academic year.
March, when we last had a full complement of students and staff in school, seems a long time ago.
This week, we would ordinarily have been preparing for speeches and farewells.
Sadly, the restrictions mean we cannot get everybody together to celebrate achievements and acknowledge the efforts made by students and staff.
The pandemic has impacted on results day too. Normally, students would collect results and celebrate with staff.
Instead, our former Year 11s will be emailed their results at 8am on Thursday, 20th August, and colleagues will be on the end of a telephone for those wishing to discuss their options and any issues.
Letters have been sent to those affected outlining the details.
Our focus remains on the school’s full reopening in September.
By the end of the week, all parents will have received a letter about our plans.
We will be holding a staff induction day, to enable colleagues to familiarise themselves with the new school environment, as well as an inset training day, before we reopen on Thursday, 3rd September.
We are having a staggered start to the new term, with only Years 7 and 11 coming in on that Thursday.
Other year groups will follow over the next few days.
We will be using three different entrances and the school split into four separate zones, with one year group ‘bubble’ in each.
It is going to be different for students and staff and the staggered start will enable us to gradually build numbers back up in the academy and keep everybody safe.
The full details will be included in the letter home.
As I say, we have experienced an academic year the like of which I have not seen in my professional career.
We have got through it but not without the considerable efforts of my staff team.
I would like to thank them for what they have done during this difficult time and what they are doing in preparation for September and beyond.
I would also like to thank our parents who have been most supportive and understanding.
I hope you enjoy your summer break and I look forward to welcoming everybody back to a fully reopened, safe environment in September.