YEAR 10 LETTER
I am writing to you with regard to the recent government announcement pertaining to the gradual reopening of schools.
As you may or may not be aware the Department for Education published a document stating that primary schools will reopen on 1st June 2020 and that from the same date ‘secondary schools, sixth form, and further education colleges (are) to begin (facilitating) some face-to-face support with year 10 and 12 pupils, although we do not expect these pupils to return on a full-time basis at this stage’.
Clearly, due to the nature of the statement different schools and Local Authorities are interpreting what has been published in many different ways. Indeed, the only general consensus appears to be that any return to college for year 10 students from this date will look very different to the educational experience that they were accessing prior to the lockdown.
As a result of this new government direction we have been looking at various models to facilitate some ‘face-to-face support’ for our Year 10 students in an environment that is safe for everyone.
We are aware that managing the arrival of students at staggered, set times, in very small groups, over a longer period of time would seem most sensible. We are confident that what we will offer need not necessarily be significantly different to what we are presently offering to the students who have parents/carers who are key workers and who have been attending college since the lockdown was initiated.
As a parent myself I appreciate that there will be a degree of uncertainty and anxiety around the current situation. Again I must stress that as always the college will do all we can to minimise risk. With this in mind the college will begin to reopen to Year 10 students from Monday 8th June 2020 unless the government advice changes.
We will be inviting students in on a rotational basis with a maximum of thirty-six Year 10 students attending college on any one day.
I will be writing to you during the week commencing Monday 1st June 2020 with more details on how the programme will look but I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate the college’s intentions to you and to give you time to digest this.
Where students are unable to attend please be assured that we will not be challenging this. We will however be completing safeguarding checks in line with our revised procedures.
We hope that you will see this as an opportunity for your son/daughter to begin some form of reintegration back into college life in an environment where they can receive some direction on what work they should be looking to complete over the summer holidays. At the same time staff will be offering them support and providing them with a platform to discuss any concerns they may have.
The college will close on Friday 22nd May at 3.30pm for Half Term and re-open for the children of key workers on Monday 1st June 2020. During this time and the week following, we will prepare the building for Monday 8th June when our Year 10 students will commence a gradual reintegration into college.
The next scheduled release date of work for collection from college and for listing on the college website is Friday 5th June 2020.
Please take care and stay safe.
Mr M Haworth