Coronavirus Updates/School Reopening Information for Parents & Carers

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1st March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

I hope this communication finds you well.

Following a period of relative quiet, the Prime Minister’s announcement that confirmed that schools will begin to re-open from Monday 8th March 2021 has provided hope that a return to some sense of normality is not too far away.

For our Primary Schools, all pupils will return to school on Monday 8th March whilst our secondary school pupils and sixth-form students will have a phased return that week due to the requirement to test pupils on site, for whom consent has been given. For secondary pupils and sixth-form students where consent has been given, they will have three tests in total, spaced between 3 and 5 days apart, so that they can become familiar with the testing process before being given lateral flow device kits to test at home. Further details will be provided by our secondary school headteachers regarding all return to school arrangements. Whilst testing for secondary pupils is not compulsory, we do encourage our parents and carers to support the national effort to control transmission of the virus by providing consent for their child to be tested.

Another significant development, as we look forward to re-opening our schools, is that all secondary pupils and sixthform students are now expected to wear face-masks in classrooms, in addition to wearing them whilst moving around the school buildings. Further information will be provided by our secondary schools about this.

For our Primary School pupils, the Department for Education has confirmed that Statutory Key Stage 1 and 2 tests and teacher assessments planned for summer 2021 are cancelled. Schools will continue to use assessment during the summer term to: inform teaching; give you information about your child’s attainment in their annual report; support your child’s transition to secondary school if they are in Year 6

For Year 11 pupils and Year 13 students, schools are slowly receiving more information about how grades will be awarded this year following the cancellation of the summer GCSE, A-level and Vocational exam series. Ofqual and the Department for Education have confirmed that Students taking GCSE, AS and A levels, will receive grades based on teacher assessment. The exam boards will support teachers to reach their judgements by providing guidance and training. Once more, further information will be provided by our secondary schools and sixth-form regarding what we will be doing to ensure that our pupils and students achieve the grades that they deserve in the summer.

We are very excited about welcoming your child(ren) back to school. We want them to return to a calm, caring and encouraging environment which is sensitive to their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We would like you to support us in encouraging your child(ren) to get involved in creative, sporting and social activities so that they can once more feel part of our safe, inclusive, happy and inspiring school communities. We will also be doing everything we can to sensitively identify any gaps in knowledge that may have been acquired during lockdown and any new learning and progress that has been achieved.

May I conclude by thanking you for your continued support and I wish you and your families ongoing good health and happiness.

Yours sincerely,

Covid-19 Pupil Testing:

Please see below an important letter from the Headteacher regarding Covid-19 testing for LDA pupils from 8th March 2021. Please also see below the Privacy Notice and a letter from the Headteacher regarding Pupil self testing.

Please also see below a letter from the Headteacher regarding pupil self testing. This letter is for the parents/carers of the pupils who have taken part in testing in school.

Please click here to report a pupil home test result.

Covid-19 School Infection Survey Testing:

Dear Parent/Carer, as you are aware the school has agreed to take part in a National Study through Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Many of our Year 8 and Year 9 pupils have already been involved in the previous rounds of testing and I am writing to inform you that the next round will take place on Monday 10th May 2021 within the school day.

For those of you who have previously registered your child to be a part of the study, you do not need to register again and your child will automatically be tested as part of the ongoing study.  However, if you have not already registered and wish your child to join the study please follow the link below and complete the registration form.  You will then be sent an email to verify your details.
Office for National Statistics Schools Infection Survey Portal (oc-meridian.com)

The closing date for registering your child for this round of testing is midnight on Wednesday 5th May. (Anyone who registers after this time will only be able to join the study in June)

Please note that involvement in the study is completely voluntary and you can withdraw your child at any point.  If any pupil tests positive for Covid 19 or produces positive antibody results, this information will be shared with the school, Public Health England and NHS Track and Trace.

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