Re-opening of schools 11.05.20

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you are well and enjoyed the bank holiday. It was lovely to see some of the community events that were happening around where I live and I hope that you were also able to take part, or at least see what was happening, in your area.

As we are now aware there was little information yesterday in the briefing from 10 Downing Street regarding secondary schools. In terms of what is happening with schools we expect to continue as we have been over the last two weeks running up to half term. For the time being we know that our school will only remain open to the children of key workers, those supported by Social Services and students who have an EHCP. We have written to the families in these groups to also inform them that we will be open over half term (Tues 26 May to Friday 29 May), except for the Monday bank holiday.

In terms of any future re-opening plans the objective of the trust, Education South West and Coombeshead Academy is to maximise the effectiveness of teaching and care for our students, whilst safeguarding the health and well-being of everyone on site. At present the trust are working through various options which we will be adapting once the government announces, in detail, when and how schools will re-open to those students facing examinations next year.

Thank you for your continued hard work with home schooling. I know that so many of you have become dedicated teachers working many hours alongside your sons and daughters to support them with the completion of their work. We are truly grateful for everything that you are doing to help them to continue to make progress during school closure.

Although teachers are unable to mark and send back work for logistical reasons, they are keen to see what the students have done each lesson. Please encourage your child, if they have access to the internet, to upload their work to ePraise or email it to their teachers.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and hard work.

Take care and stay safe.

All good wishes.

Your sincerely

Robert Coles Headteacher