Message to parents and carers, 1st May 2020, from David Hood, Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing as another week of lockdown comes to an end, and a new month begins. I am sure that for all of us, these times represent a strange mixture of calm and, on occasion, deep frustration. I hope you are generally managing to keep your spirits high; and our best wishes go to all of you celebrating Ramadan in very unusual circumstances.

Please note the following:

1)      Through various avenues we are becoming aware of students using their mobile phones inappropriately. Please be proactive with regard to monitoring how your son/daughter uses their phone to avoid causing distress to themselves and others, and potentially committing a criminal offence (e.g. by sending sexual images).

2)      As I have previously said, many students are continuing to engage really well with the learning prepared for them by teachers. Many congratulations to them and thank you to you for supporting them. But unfortunately some are not. This week we have made parents’/carers’ email addresses available to teachers. If the teachers need to contact students because they are worried that work is not being done, they will copy parents in. We ask please that you support your child/ren to keep learning as best you can. Do ask us if you have any questions or would like some advice.

3)      Thanks to the sterling efforts of school staff we have managed to sign up for the Edenred Free School Meal voucher scheme. We know that some have had problems making the vouchers work; hopefully these have all now been sorted out. Please contact Edenred using the details they provide if you have any questions. You can now also use the vouchers at Aldi and McColls (including RS McColls and Martins).

4)      The Government has made some important announcements over recent days.

a)      Laptops are being made available for some disadvantaged students. The Local Authority is responsible for managing this process and we are waiting to hear more from them.

b)      The Prime Minister has said that he will shortly be presenting plans to start easing the lockdown. We do not know what this involves, but will keep you informed as soon as we find out more. For the time being the lockdown continues unchanged.

5)      We are in the process of putting together the Centre Assessed Grades for GCSEs and BTECs that we are required to submit for Year 11 students. Students will receive their results on 20 August 2020. We are not allowed to share the grades we are submitting with anyone other than the official agency dealing with them. Please be assured that we are doing our best to assign a fair and representative set of grades to each student, that will give them the opportunity to go on to the next stage of learning that suits their abilities and aptitudes.

6)      I am sure that you will be aware of various community groups offering support. I recently received the communication copied at the foot of this email, which I am pleased to pass on. Please do contact the group if you think they can help in any way.

With best wishes from all of us at Cressex,

 

David Hood
Headteacher
 

Subject: High Wycombe District Coronavirus Mutual Aid Group

 Hi, 

I am one of the coordinators for the High Wycombe District Coronavirus Mutual Aid Group https://wycombe-mutual-aid.org

We are a group of local High Wycombe residents who have come together to support the community and ensure that nobody is left isolated or without support during the Coronavirus crisis. We are providing practical help for example shopping deliveries and prescription pickups as well as moral support check-in and chat phone calls. 

I was hoping to be able to work together with Cressex Community School and was wondering if you would be able to create awareness of our organisation to your students, staff and parents should anyone require any assistance. 

For individuals in need of support, they are able to contact our group at wycombe-mutual-aid.org/get-support or by calling 01494 911229.