Parent Bulletin 12/07/21

Parent Bulletin 12/07/21

Last week

It was fabulous to welcome next year’s Year 7 into school for a short while last week as part of their induction. We have also planned an amazing week of summer school for them during the holidays which the vast majority have signed up for.

Parents/carers of the current Year 7 will have received information about a trip to Leeds Castle in the last week of term. We have arranged this as we are very aware that this year group had a significant part their time in Year 6 disrupted by COVID-19 and then there was further disruption once they started secondary school. We hope this trip will go some way to enabling this year group to get to know each other better and provide a lasting positive memory of their time in Year 7.

Over the past week there have been a small number of positive COVID-19 cases in school, matching the trends locally and nationally. Parents/carers will be aware that the current government policy for secondary schools is that we identify proximity contacts who then have to isolate for 10 days. This policy remains in place to the end of term, but it has been stated will change in time for September. Whilst it serves the purpose of reducing transmission in school, it does unfortunately mean increasing numbers of children are then unable to attend school, meaning yet more disruption to their education. Our teachers will do their best to ensure learning resources are available as soon as possible in line with our policy for home learning. This can be quite a challenge given the same teachers are often still teaching others in school. It cannot be understated the level of disruption to our normal routines that even one or two positive tests can have, not least the workload of all staff concerned. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will always do our best for all students and we value the huge amount of supportive messages we have received from parents/carers.

It was very unfortunate that some of Year 10 had to isolate on the day we had arranged for the Sixth Form taster sessions. For those who were still able to attend, the sessions still ran and were very well received. At the last minute many teachers had to change their plans so that they could still involve those who were isolating at home. All students have been sent a link to all session resources across all subjects so they can still take a look at these, not just for the subjects they selected on the day.

September 2021

The government has asked secondary schools to plan to test all students and staff for COVID-19 on their return from the summer holidays. The guidance could well change again, but currently this would mean that we will need a staggered return in September. Each person needs to be tested twice in the first week back. There is evidence that the Lateral Flow Device tests are considered more accurate when administered within the controlled environment of a school “Asymptomatic Test Site”, compared to when the tests are administered at home. We will write to you soon to confirm arrangements for that first week back.

Year 8 Modern Foreign Languages

Students in Year 8 have selected their language choice for Years 9-11. We are pleased to inform parents that all have been allocated their preference.

Results Days 2021

Parents of Years 11 and 13 have been sent information today regarding how the results days will be arranged and how we will support students during this time.

Holiday, Activities and Food Programme

The London Borough of Bromley would like us to share with parents/carers details of this programme, which can be viewed in the link here.

The programme provides free holiday club places including activities and healthy meals during the school holidays for families with children and young people from 5-16 years old. The programme is for children who are also in receipt of benefits related to free school meals, including specific provisions available for children with SEND or additional needs. They can enjoy fun activities that will enable them to develop new skills, build confidence and meet new friends, take part in creative and physical activities, learn about food and cooking, and enjoy free nutritious meals each day.

There is also opportunity for children that are not eligible for benefits related free school meals to pay to attend.

In addition to this programme, families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85 per cent of their childcare costs. Please read the Universal Credit and childcare guidance on the GOV.UK website to find out more.

If you have any queries about the programme that aren’t related to booking, please email HolidayActivitiesandFood@bromley.gov.uk.

Please also note the information below about the Summer Sports Camp.

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