I wanted to write to you, to mark the end of this half term and to update you on the further progress that the school has made to date and to outline our preparations for the remainder of the academic year ahead.
Wales completed the move to Alert Level Zero on 28th January 2022 as case rates of COVID-19 have reduced from the levels seen around the Christmas and New Year period, and now appear to have stabilised. Crucially, as noted by the Chief Medical Officer in a recent statement, although community rates remain at high levels, the progress made by the vaccination programme means that hospital admissions and direct harms are much lower than what has been seen during previous waves of the virus.
Therefore, the Welsh Government have outlined that schools should plan to move back to using the Local Infection Control Decision Framework from the 28th February 2022.
As a result, when pupils and staff return to school on Monday 28th February 2022, the following measures will be in place:
- LFD tests are encouraged to be taken twice a week.
- Face coverings should be worn when moving around indoor communal areas outside of the classroom, such as corridors, where physical distance cannot be maintained, however, they will not be required to be worn in the classroom.
- Appropriate levels of cleaning and ventilation will remain in place.
After half term we will be changing the structure of the school day in recognition of the changes to COVID-19 guidance. Therefore, when pupils return to school, the day will be structured as below:
|Registration||08:35 – 08:55|
|Lesson 1||08:55 – 09:55|
|Lesson 2||09:55 – 10:55|
|Break||10:55 – 11:10 (15 mins)|
|Lesson 3||11:10 – 12.10|
|Lesson 4||12:10 – 13:10|
|Lunch||13:10 – 13:50 (40 mins)|
|Lesson 5||13:50 – 14:50|
This is to ensure that registration can take place at the beginning of the day where form tutors will be focusing on pupil timekeeping and uniform. It is expected that ALL pupils arrive to school on time. If your child is continually late, this has a detrimental impact on their attainment and therefore a sanction will be issued. I also expect all pupils to attend school wearing the correct uniform. If your child does not wear the correct items of clothing, they will be sent home to change.
PROGRESS AGAINST ESTYN RECOMMENDATIONS
Over the last half term, we have continued to develop and implement strategies to improve the quality of learning and teaching within the classroom. Estyn recently undertook a visit to the school where they recognised the range of professional learning offered to improve the quality of teaching. They also recognised that the new behaviour for learning strategies were having a positive impact on pupils, with many pupils behaving well in lessons and around the school.
To enhance our communication with parents, we will now be sending all communication out via Class Charts as well as our normal methods. It is also imperative that you log in to Classcharts to enable you to monitor your child’s behaviour in school. If you do not have the login details for Classcharts, please contact the school and these will be provided to you.
GCSE QUALIFICATIONS 2021 UPDATE
Recently Qualification Wales announced that all exams will go ahead in the summer 2022. The examination timetable is available on the school website:
We continue to have contingency plans in place in the event of disruption to these arrangements, therefore, it is imperative that your child attends school and completes all the classroom-based assessments. The evidence from these will be used to support any school-based decision making in the event of any further disruption to exams. If you have any queries regarding the examinations in the summer, please contact your child’s Head of Year in the first instance.
Finally, can I thank you once again for your ongoing support to the school. I wish you and your family a relaxing half term break.
Mrs D Gill