Welcome to my weekly blog.
Obviously, it was not the first week back after Easter anybody had anticipated but, nevertheless, we have had a positive start to the new term.
Engagement from students with our online learning offer has been good, though teachers do understand it is more difficult for some than others.
We have had a drive on academic work because we are trying to limit the gaps in learning when we get back into the classroom.
The Academy closed indefinitely is affecting different year groups in different ways.
In Year 10, with exams less than a year away, inevitably there is going to be more work to get through.
In Year 7, we know a lot of students are missing friends.
We are acutely aware of these anxieties. They all need constantly reminding that school is open and people are here for them, whatever their circumstances.
They should not get stressed about academic work. It is completely different to working in a classroom together and they should not put too much pressure on themselves.
We simply ask they do their best.
It is important while online they stay safe and look after their mental health and wellbeing.
We are pleased so many students are in a routine and working regularly and we are appreciative of the help and support they are being given at home.
We need to remember why we are all making these sacrifices.
Social distancing is key to reducing the coronavirus infection rates.
The sooner we are on top of this pandemic, the sooner we can get back to some form of normality.
Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
Finally, Ramadan Mubarak. May this Ramadan bring immense joy to families who are celebrating Ramadan. Best wishes to all who are fasting at this difficult time.