Headteacher's Message, Thursday 2nd April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Normally at this time in a term I would be writing a cheerful newsletter to you, full of all the exciting things that had been going on at school. How different this year is. We are beginning to hear of losses in families to the Coronavirus. I wish you all strength and resilience in this very difficult period.

I would like to thank all of those parents/carers who are working supportively and positively with us to try and maintain children’s learning as best we can at this time.

Please note the following important information:

1.       School will remain closed for the majority of students until further notice.

2.       School has been partially open for a small number of students up till 2 April. School is now closed to all students for the next two weeks. School will open again, but only for a small number of students, who fall into the categories below, on 20 April.  These categories are:

·         Children with an EHC plan

·         Children who are vulnerable under the Government’s definition

·         Children of parents who are keyworkers under the Government’s definition

If you have a child that fits any of these categories and you urgently need support with supervision of your child, or would like to discuss support with supervision from 20 April, please contact us on office@cressex.org  The mailbox is being monitored daily and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

3.       Teachers will not be setting new work or activities on-line during the two weeks over Easter. They will start setting on-line work again on 20 April.

4.      We have today issued free school meal parcels for the Easter period. If you would like a free school meal parcel for the week beginning 20 April, please let us know via office@cressex.org . Let us know your name and contact details, and the name/s of your child/ren.

5.      There is a great deal of advice and information going around about how to stay positive and how to keep children safe from on-line risks during their extended time at home. Here is the Government’s updated advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers . I have put a very helpful booklet on ways of maintaining wellbeing on the school website [link here].

6.       Parents of students in Year 8 will receive information in the post about students’ option choices shortly.

7.       We are still waiting to hear the promised information about the awarding of grades for students in Year 11 and Year 12. When we know more, we will be in touch.

With all good wishes,

 

David Hood
Headteacher