Dear Parents and Carers
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and support throughout this difficult time. We are extremely proud of our students and the way they have adjusted to remote and independent learning. I do appreciate that this is not an easy time and lockdown will have presented with many different pressures along the way. It has been a year like no other and I’m sure we’ll emerge into a different sense of normal when we get through it. The time has given us the opportunity to reflect on many things but hopefully we will all value the importance of education that much more and not take it for granted. The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement also gives us a reminder that part of our job as educators is to lift the blindness and ignorance that still exists in our world today.
We have just a few weeks to go before the end of the academic year. We’ve been able to open our doors at last to our Year 10 and 12 pupils in small numbers and they have displayed an overwhelming sense of relief (if not joy!) at being back in the building. It is very frustrating that we’ve not been able to do that for our Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils. Any steps forward have had to be carefully planned to follow DFE and robust risk assessment guidelines. To facilitate this, it has been necessary to create several pods to accommodate limited numbers of students and ensure clear social distancing. I am pleased to report that this has been very positive thus far and it has been lovely to see these students.
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The term dates for the next academic year have been approved by Governors and now appear on our website. Given the circumstances, please be aware that the arrangements for the beginning of the year may change. Who knows where we’ll be up to by then? As you know, I will be leaving SJP at the end of this academic year and I will write to you before I go to sign off. Mrs Sharratt, our new Head Teacher, will also write to you before the end of term as she prepares to take up her new role in September. A reminder that school will finish at the earlier time of 3.10pm in the next academic year following the consultation we had.
Keep safe everyone and it will be great to see our pupils in Years 7 to 9 engaging face to face again soon.