Arrangements for Beginning of Term 2022

Dear Parents

As we break up for Christmas today I wanted to write to remind everyone about the start of next term.

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

  • Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 should return to school as normal.
  • Years 8, 9 and 10 are expected to complete the remote learning work set for each of their timetabled lessons on the school’s VLE.

Thursday, 6 January 2022

  • All students are in school as normal.

As I have previously outlined, students will be asked to take a supervised Lateral Flow Test on their return to school. This will be done during one lesson on their first day back in a supervised area; we can only do this for a set number of students each day, which is why we are having to stagger the start of the term.

If you would like your child to undertake this supervised test and you have not yet managed to return your completed consent form, then please use the following link

to give us consent electronically https://williamhoward.fireflycloud.net/reply-slips/covid-testing-consent-form-jan-2022.  Given the greater level of social mixing over the Christmas break, it is clearly beneficial to everyone that we identify any potential Covid-19 cases as soon as possible. The supervised tests will hopefully limit potential disruption to students’ learning at the start of the term.

Obviously, things may yet change. I very much hope they don’t, but we live in interesting times. If there are any developments that affect the planned start of the school term, we will of course write in good time to all parents if or when any changes in plans have been announced and worked through.

This term has been a highly successful one and the students should all be proud of what they have achieved this year. I would also like to thank the staff for their ongoing commitment to ensuring the students enjoy a rich and varied experience in school. There has been much to celebrate and I know everyone richly deserves the upcoming break.

I wish everyone a wonderful, restful and joyous Christmas.

Yours sincerely

Chris McAree
Headteacher

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