HEADTEACHER NEWSLETTER

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RETURN TO SCHOOL

Friday 5th March 2021

Well, here we go again! Another return to school full opening day. Let us hope we have a longer go at it this time. I am sure there will be a lot of relieved parents on Monday morning. It is important now, more than ever that you encourage and help your child to attend school full-time. Not only for their academic studies but for their mental well-being too. Young people need to see their peers and mix with others for their social progression.


We will be operating the same system of controls we did in the Autumn term. There is a letter in the important information section about the cleaning of the school, classrooms and equipment. We do need your child to wear a face mask in school, when moving around and whilst on our transport. Staff will be adhering to the face mask rule also and if we do have visitors to our school, we always make sure social distancing and safety controls are met. If you have any concerns about your child returning to school, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss further.


For the last two weeks, we have been asking parents/carers to complete a consent form so your child can receive 3 lateral flow tests in the first week back. We will aim to carry out the tests Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have consented to testing, your child will also receive a home testing kit on Friday, so you can continue to test them twice weekly. If you need any information regarding home testing please see the letter, we have posted on the home page or call school and we can advise you.

The government has announced the further roll-out of lateral flow testing (LFT) for wider members of the school community and this includes:

·               households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils

·               households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary staff


Click here for more information.


I encourage you to take part in this programme, as it is intended to further reduce the rates of transmission.  By doing so, we can all work together to make the school a safer place.

With regards to Year 11’s and exams, we will be issuing Teacher assessed grades as per the Governments instructions. I cannot stress enough; how important it is for all year 11’s to attend fully from now until June. The time out of the classroom and the missed work will mean we need to catch some students up. We have put some interventions in place for this. Please keep an eye out on TEAMS for extra revision and homework. My staff have been working extremely hard to get assessments and extra studies in place, so we can equip our students with the best knowledge to achieve the highest grade they are capable of. We will keep you updated with key dates for work to be completed and inform you of any holiday sessions we put in place for catch up work.


Finally, I would like to point you in the direction of a VLOG our Headteacher Terry has done from his allotments. There are some particularly useful gardening tips for any budding enthusiasts out there. Head over to that page for some green fingered fun!


We look forward to receiving all our students back on Monday. Have a great weekend!


Caroline

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Friday 12th February 2021 - Happy Friday and happy half – term!

Well, what a start to the new year it has been! I think this half – term break is much needed, and I am sure you are all looking forward to some time off from the home schooling and juggling work/school/home life. I think many of us are missing routines, we all need structure in our lives, especially young people. As much as we might long for a return to normal, it is important that we all continue to follow the government guidelines so we can all keep safe and have some normality again.

Here at impact our attendance is increasing every week. We now have around 32% of our students coming into school. The rest are working remotely, whether that is online or using work packs. I would like to point out again that Impact is open to ALL our students. If you do wish your child to attend school during this lockdown, please contact reception to discuss. We are operating weekly tests for staff and students – (consent is needed).

During this time, we have all had a lot to cope with, the student’s well-being is always a priority for us. Last week we had Children’s mental health week, there are lots of resources available online to offer advice, help and support. We regularly include mental health resources for students and parents in our work packs and during phone calls home. If you are concerned about yourself or your child, please get in touch with our safeguarding and pastoral team.

During a lockdown, something that will always make me smile is when I walk around school and see learning taking place. I have witnessed some excellent lessons this term from all years, and I am especially pleased with the level of commitment from the Year 11’s, to complete work for their forthcoming assessed grades. I am entering them for their exams this week also, so this always seems to make it more real for them. We have seen a cold weather patch this term and even a snow day, however, this does not stop the popularity of going to the allotments on Meadow road, our students still want to look after the chickens and tend to the plants. This provides a good release for them in this difficult time.

We are all waiting for the Government announcement next week, until then we will continue to open school or for those not attending provide remote learning and do safe and well checks as usual. Thank you to our wonderful staff and students for all the support and commitment to impact. School re-opens on Monday 22nd February. Have a lovely break from it all!


Caroline