6th November

posted 6 Nov 2020, 06:58 by Liz Pattinson
Dear Students/Parents/Carers,

I hope that all students and families were able to enjoy a well-deserved rest over the half term. 

Following my letter on 23 October which discussed the review of our Risk Assessment and outlined the plans for phase 2 of our Covid plan, there are a few factors which have changed. I am immensely proud of the way that all of our students have adhered to the new rules around face coverings. We have not had any issues with students not complying with the rules and the atmosphere around school has been supportive and relaxed.

As you will know from the Government’s recent announcements, a further national lockdown is upon us. This time the intention is for schools to remain open. At 3.30pm on Wednesday 4 November 2020 the Government released the following guidance:  

'In schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated and further education colleges, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. Face coverings should also be worn by pupils in year 7 and above when travelling on dedicated school transport to secondary schools or on public transport to college.'
Given the heightened alert following the Government's announcement of a lockdown, it is only appropriate that our measures continue to be as rigorous as possible. The latest Government guidance also makes the expectations around corridors and communal areas clear. 

Therefore, from Monday 9th November it is mandatory for all students and staff to wear a face mask when in any corridor or communal area of the school. This is only slightly different from our current rule which only applies outside of a year groups pod area. Face coverings are not mandatory currently when in lessons or in the pod social areas where a number of students eat and drink. However, we feel that it would be a good habit for students to wear their face coverings for as much time as possible throughout the school day. 

I am very confident that this tightening of the rules will cause no issue for our students and they will show the mature attitude to the current situation as they have done throughout these challenging times.

Once again I thank you all for your ongoing support.

Yours faithfully,

Mr D. Mayhew