We hope that you and your family are well.
As you will be aware, we have been working hard to ensure we can safely widen the re-opening of our academy to more pupils and we have been delighted to welcome back increasing numbers following our conversations with parents and carers. It has been so lovely to see these children and we thank you for your support in ensuring that they have been able to adapt to the new arrangements.
We are also delighted to see the return of the physiotherapy service and other specialist support.
No doubt you will have also heard in the media, following the Prime Minister’s statement, that it is the government’s aim to see more children return to school. Over the next few weeks, we aim to extend our provision to further children whilst maintaining the measures set out in our plans and risk assessments. We appreciate that it may not be possible for all children to return before the end of term, however we will continue to ensure that home learning opportunities are of a high quality and that we are here to support you with this in whatever way we can.
As yet, we are not in a position to share detailed plans for September as we await further government guidance to inform this, however we will ensure that arrangements for transition provide the right opportunities and support all our pupils. In the meantime, we are continuing to assess pupil progress and you will be provided with an annual report in the second week of July – after which you are welcome to discuss this with teachers via a phone call should you wish, either before the end of term or on return in September.
You may also be aware that the government has announced that additional funding will be provided to all schools in England to help put in place catch-up support for pupils where it is needed. We will be planning to ensure that this is used to the maximum benefit of pupils in the new academic year.
Throughout the lockdown, many children of keyworkers and other identified groups have benefited from attending the childcare provision. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff for supporting this wholeheartedly. Now that things are returning to a ‘new normal’, it has been agreed that childcare through the summer holidays will not be provided.
If your child is a recipient of the free school meals scheme, we are pleased to advise that the voucher arrangements will continue throughout the summer break and our expectation is that these will be supplied through the same e-voucher scheme currently in place.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions or concerns, and we thank you for your ongoing support.
Pauline Corfield, Senior Principal
Courtney Hoop, Principal