Letter to all families 2020-06-11

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11th June 2020

Dear families,

We are writing to you to update you on our current school activities and plans, and to thank you for your ongoing support throughout these challenging times.

Since the start of this half term we have welcomed our Year 6, Year 1 and Reception pupils back into school on a phased return in small groups. It has been lovely to see so many more children in our school and our thanks to all the families for supporting our new processes and procedures that have allowed to us to safely structure the return to school for these children.

Starting from w/c 15th June, we will also be working with our Year 10 pupils, again on a phased programme of small groups, to facilitate an opportunity to review their learning and progress at home, receive guidance on future work and tasks as well as check in with pupils about their general well-being.

Our provision for sessions for children of Key Worker families and those considered vulnerable by the government’s definition continues and we will be able to maintain this support until the end of the summer term.

Our remaining year groups continue to receive weekly work, challenges and feedback through our various eLearning platforms, all accessible at https://www.carrmanor.org.uk/elearning/ and we will continue to keep you updated on future opportunities and plans for us to widen the onsite offer for further groups of pupils.

Throughout this period of transition we continue to support our Year 11 pupils through facilitating access to learning materials for any Post 16 destinations, support with apprenticeships and support with preparing for future employment.

On Thursday 20th August we will be welcoming our Year 11 cohort into school to collect their GCSE grades and certificates and will be in touch with further details of this day in the coming weeks.

The INSET day previously shared with families and on the school calendar for 22nd June 2020 is no longer being held, and the school will be open on that day for the groups of children currently part of our phased re-integration programme.

For several years we have started the new academic year in June rather than the traditional September. This has allowed children to become familiar with their new timetables, teachers and courses ahead of the summer break allowing them to make faster progress when they return in September. With children currently learning at home, we have decided that for this year, all children will remain in their existing year groups until September. Accelerated qualifications for the current Year 9 and Year 10 children, that were due to commence in June are currently being considered; we will communicate further about these courses once we have clarity from the government on when we are able to welcome these year groups back into school.

For our Year 6 cohort moving into Year 7, we are currently planning how we can modify and adapt our effective induction programme due to the current circumstances and we will be in touch shortly with those families to inform you of how we will continue to support your children as they make their exciting transition into Year 7 this September.

We recognise that this has not been an easy time for any of our pupils and families, and recognise the varied experiences that many children will have had at home throughout these unusual weeks and months.

As part of our planning and continued support for our school community, we are using a RESTORE approach to ensure that we enable pupils, families and staff to re-join together safely, effectively and on a firm platform to move forward together. Please see enclosed an outline of this model that explains the key areas that we are ensuring we consider when planning for our children, families and staff. Please read through this leaflet and familiarise yourself with the language and content as we will be using this framework throughout the coming weeks and months as we restore and reset our school community.

We are committed to ensuring that the health and well-being of all our school community is prioritised and that we offer the right space and opportunity to allow our children to manage the events that have happened globally and personally for them, and therefore be in a stronger position to progress and move forward.

The support from our families has been constant and much appreciated. Thank you to those who have taken the time to feedback that the assistance and guidance offered by school has been effective and well received.

We will continue to update you and provide relevant information as and when further guidance from the government is issued, and in the meantime we hope that you remain safe and healthy.Kind regards,

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely

Simon Flowers
Executive Principal

Lucie Lakin