Letter to Parents

Dear Parent/Carer

As you are no doubt aware, the update from the Government is for secondary schools to continue to operate as we have been doing; this means continuing with online provision via Microsoft teams and an onsite provision for keyworkers and students with an Education Health Care Plan.  We are busy planning for a return to school for Year 10 during Term 6.  Dates for this return have yet to be released.

It has been great to celebrate the outstanding commitment to learning shown by students through Headteacher’s awards and online vouchers.  I am asking for weekly nominations from teachers, for students, producing excellent work and going the extra mile in their learning.

Our online provision continues to operate well through “Microsoft Teams”.  Thank you to the parents for the encouraging and positive feedback regarding the lessons we are providing for students during this time.  If you are concerned about accessing online learning, we are able provide updated work packs for students.  Please contact the school to request the packs by calling main reception or sending an email to office@churchmead.org

Year 11

Today would have marked the start of the GCSE exams. Our thoughts are with our Year 11 students as they now start study leave. I look forward to seeing them in the near future, to thank them for their contribution to their time at school and to formally say farewell.  Please see the separate letter for Year 11 parents that has been sent out today.

Year 10

Year 10 provision is one of our current priorities. Our next round of school exams will be in November and following an extended time out of school, it is very important that students continue to engage in their lessons. Students in Year 10 have now received information on applying for Headboy, Headgirl and senior prefect applications.  May I remind you the deadline for applications is Tuesday 19th May.  We will be holding online interviews after half-term.

I want to assure parents that our onsite provision for Year 10 later next term will take into account the very latest advice from the Government on social distancing.  We are looking carefully at class sizes, procedures for break times and lunchtimes and the learning activities the students will engage with.  Rebuilding the confidence of our school community after such a long time out of school is paramount. The Churchmead staff team are dedicated in providing the very best service to our students and their families.

Years 7,  8 and 9

The latest information is that Year 7, 8 and 9 are unlikely to be in school before September.  We remain committed to our online learning programmes.  Work pack provision is also available for students until the end of the academic year.  Please contact your Tutor or Head of Year if you require further support.  Furthermore, I am aware that Year 7 and Year 9 student progress evenings have had to be postponed.  We are looking into alternatives to this through telephone consultation.  In the meantime, if you do have any concerns, please contact the school.

New Lockers

There is great news on the School Council’s proposal for new lockers and 100 lockers have now been installed.  Information on how to rent a locker for the year will be coming out shortly. Our hope is to grow the number of lockers over the next year so that all students who require a locker, will have access to one.

Stay Safe

The consistent message throughout this extended period of being out of school is to stay safe.  Our weekly theme this week, is serving others and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage our students to take a moment to reflect on how we can best serve other people in our families and our households.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours faithfully

Mr Chris Tomes

Headteacher