Siblings of pupils isolating (08/09/2020)As you may be aware, pupils in year 7 at our local secondary school are now self-isolating. Guidelines are clear that this does not preclude their siblings from attending school. Please send your child to school 'as normal' today unless there are other factors preventing this.
Please avoid arriving too early to school today (Monday 7th September 2020). This particularly applies to Base pupils and pupils in year 3 who are scheduled to arrive between 9am and 9.10am.
Support and Report - useful contacts in difficult timesPlease click on the following link to access the right people or organisations when faced with significant challenges at home: 'Support & Report'
To wrap up...I would just like to say a massive 'thank you' for all of your wonderful support this year. It has been a tough old time and we are far from through it yet, but if we keep working together, for the good of the children in our school, then I am sure we won't go far wrong.
September return to school - I have deliberately avoided going into too much detail about our plans for September. Much more information will be forthcoming in the week commencing August 31st. At this time, we are considering separate entrances for each year group, lengthened lunch times, staggered play times and incorporating the whole school community into our hygiene plans. Start and finish times will vary by no more than 10 minutes from the current arrangements and we fully recognise that our new starters in year 3 (as well as their parents or carers) will need plenty of detail about where to go, what to do when they get here and what to expect, come September - a great starting point though is our prospectus which can be accessed from the home page of this website.
Pupil Reports - Most people have had them but for those pupils who didn't attend school this week, they will be sent out in the post today
School Uniform - We expect pupils to be wearing school uniform from their first day in school but arrangements around PE and PE kit are uncertain at this time.
Respectful behaviour towards our staffPlease be aware that the verbal abuse of staff by parents, carers or grandparents will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Please also recognise that, if you are asked to collect your child from the hub, or from the CICUP provision, for whatever reason, then you must do so immediately and without recourse to unwarranted criticism of our staff. If instances of such behaviour occur, I will, through our governing body, seek to protect our staff through any reasonable means avilable to me.
Update for pupils' return to school on June 29thEarlier this week I drafted a letter to all parents about the return to school for our pupils on June 29th (this is the 'Check-In, Catch-Up and Prepare' (CICUP) provision that all schools in Wales will be providing).
Unfortunately, there is still some uncertainty around some of the fundamental principles relating to this issue. To avoid confusion and the need to retract any statements made, I do not therefore envisage sending a letter (the one drafted or otherwise) to parents about the CICUP provision until at least the early part of next week.
As schools and workplaces re-open, the need for childcare becomes a priority. If you are a Key Worker and require an emergency childcare placement at your local HUB, please click on the link below. This will take you to the BCBC page which will give you more information as well as the link to apply online for emergency childcare.