14 September 2020
We have received a number of questions, queries and concerns over the weekend about our move to the whole school starting at 9am and finishing together at 3pm and the removal of the staggered start and finish times. I am writing to answer those queries and also hopefully address some of the concerns that some parents have.
Firstly, it was always our intention to get all pupils safely back to school full time as soon as practically possible. As a result of running the school with all pupils back last week and the exemplary way the children have behaved, we decided to remove the staggered start and finish times from today. All pupils will start at 9am and will go straight in to period 1, this removes form time as per government guidance.
From 7 September 2020, we have had five different entrance and exit points for each year group bubble as well as five different social spaces. A number of staff are in these areas to supervise the children and ensure social distancing between year groups is maintained at all times. At the end of the school day, year groups will leave school through their own exit between 2.50pm and 3pm to ensure the year groups do not mix and adhere to social distancing especially over the bridge.
Operationally, there are challenges to the way we are working in school at the moment. It is a very dynamic situation and as a leadership team, we are responding to these challenges and making necessary changes as appropriate.
As ever, we appreciate all your feedback, questions and for voicing your concerns. It is only with this that we can work together to support our young people in the most difficult of circumstances.
Ms C Hayes