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Week 16 Update - 15th January 2021

Well done to all of you who have attended your lessons and completed your work this week.  83% of students have accessed online learning this week.  A special thanks to all of the parents who have helped students over the last week. We will be rewarding our Home School Heroes with special postcards so keep an eye out for these coming through the door.  We want this figure of 83% to increase and I know that the Heads of House and pastoral team have been ringing round to support an increase in the uptake.  We have approximately 20 students awaiting Chromebooks and we have 80 on order - we have been given a delivery time of 1 - 5 weeks, not quite Amazon Prime! Let's hope that it is 1 week rather than 5.

Students in Years 7 to 9  should have received an email from Miss Linsey about our reading challenge; reading is vital to progress and we want as many students as possible signing up for the challenge.

After seeing the pictures this week of food parcels that some families were receiving I was very pleased that we have always issued vouchers.  We have always used the in school cost of Free School Meals.  From the week beginning 25th January we will increase this amount to £15 per week.

We have made some changes to the arrangements for the children in school and as the numbers are higher than the first lockdown we need a more formal structure.  All students coming into school will need to be in uniform from Monday. 

Testing

We have staff training next week and a final check from Public Health York on Wednesday. After that we will start testing staff and then students who are coming into school.  The school hall has been used for many things but never as a test centre. 

As well as all of the other things that we are doing, we have not lost sight of our aim to return the school to a Good Ofsted judgement.  We have been ready for an inspection since March last year however COVID has changed the timeframe and the way we are to be inspected.  We have been informed this week that from January 25th schools that are in special measures such as ourselves can expect to be inspected virtually on the remote learning provision.  Upon returning to school we expect a full graded inspection. Can I ask that if you have a spare 5 minutes that you fill in the parent view survey on the Ofsted website? The link is https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ you then have to register and give your views, good or bad, about the school.  

Year 9 Options

Look out next week for the subject videos that will help you choose your options

Have a great weekend and as we enter week 3 of school closure lets keep motivated and keep working.

All the best,

Rod Sims