Dear Parents and Carers,
The safety of every pupil, staff member, and those who work in the school building guides how we bring our school community back together.
The letter last week shared key information that informed our planning for a safe return to the school building for pupils and staff. Additional sets of guidelines from the Department for Education, Public Health England, the Local Authority, and Unions continued to be released throughout this week. A briefing this morning also included new information from the government’s SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) Team specifically for schools.
We are working with the Local Authority to introduce key measures that will support that process. This includes changes to our school building to support social distancing and additional hygiene measures to limit cross-contamination. The leadership team is working very carefully with key organisations such as Local Authority Transport and the Building Team to ensure measures are in the best interest of our pupils and staff. They are also planning how an adapted curriculum will be facilitated safely within the ‘protective bubble’ across the zones of the school.
The Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body have discussed the risks and agree that the safest option for the first two weeks after half term continue to be the Virtual School. The leadership team will assess the Department for Education, ‘SAGE’, Public Health England, Unions, and Local Authority developments during that time to confirm the cohorts that will be part of the pilots from Week 3.
Thank you to every family for completing the Parent Survey and speaking to members of the Senior Leadership Team this week. This is a very important part of the planning process. We support the decisions that many families have made on keeping their child at home within the Virtual School for the rest of the school year. We do understand why and are not pressuring any families to return until they are confident with the COVID-19 context for London and local communities. The positive feedback you have provided on the role of the Virtual School during this time is deeply valued and appreciated. The school is completing a review of the Virtual School with the Parent Council and will share developments after the half term break
It was powerful to hear that many of you were focused on the safety of our staff alongside your own child. This is such a sign of our community. We wish you and your family a safe half term, and a warm Eid Mubarak to every family celebrating Eid-al-Fitr this weekend.
Vijita Patel Rebecca Shaw Peter Sprinz Jonathan Hilliard QC
Principal Vice Principal Chair of Governors Vice Chair of Governors