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End of Half Term Newsletter 28th May 2021

28th May 2021

Dear Parents, Families and Carers,

As we reach the end of half term, I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to you, for all of your support to the school this term. The sun is at last making an appearance and the temperature is eventually warming up so I hope you get opportunity to enjoy it next week.

It has been a busy few weeks in school and the children and young people have been really enjoying their learning both inside and out. It has been good to see so many happy faces each morning when we meet and greet; the children are settled and really pleased to be back in school. We now have two minibuses and we have been so pleased to see so many classes taking advantage of this and getting the children out to country parks! I had the pleasure of taking the Lookout class to B & M to purchase items for their new sixth form chill zone! The new build completes next Friday 4th June and I am delighted with how it looks – plans for the ‘Grand Opening’ are starting to take shape!

The children have been brilliant at taking on board the new school hygiene systems, demonstrating that they know and understand how these apply to them in their lessons, at playtime and out of school too. This has really helped us in keeping the school open!

As lockdown eases, taking a rapid COVID-19 test twice a week, even if you do not have symptoms, will help us stay ahead of the spread of the virus, particularly as new strains appear. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and are spreading the virus without knowing. This includes those who have had their vaccine. I want to thank you for your continued support for testing. Over 40 million tests with staff and students have now been conducted as part of the education testing programme. If you need more test kits then please do let us know and we can provide you with more!

After the holidays in line with government guidance for schools staff may choose not to wear face masks. Our medical team will continue to wear masks, gloves and aprons for any interventions that they need to carry out. As always I remain highly vigilant to any changes to guidance or local outbreaks and should anything change then I will continue to risk assess and act accordingly.

We have recently successfully interviewed Learning Support Assistants and a class teacher who will be joining our growing team ready for September; they will

be introduced to you as appropriate. We currently have 122 on roll – the school is so full and busy so the new building will allow us the freedom of more space and more classrooms!

So, have a wonderful break and we really look forward to welcoming the children back on June 7th.

With warmest wishes to you all,

Donna Luck

Head Teacher