Interim Headteacher's Blog
Update - 3 July 2020
July 3rd 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
We have just received some information from the Government about opening school in September. We expect more information to be released soon and we need to work out how we can apply the advice to Falmouth School but I am sure you would like to know some of the main headlines.
Many school arrangements will be as they were before lockdown. School will be open for all year groups and all students are to attend, with a few medical exemptions. We are planning to deliver all subjects and option courses. Year 11 students will be seeing all of these courses through to their exams the following summer, all being well. There will be some time dedicated to revisiting the topics that we have covered during lockdown as we are aware that some students may be concerned about this. We will continue with our usual high expectations of uniform, behaviour and attendance.
However there will also be many changes to ensure that we all stay safe, which you may have heard about through the media and we are working on these adjustments now. Wherever possible students will be kept in year group ‘bubbles’ and contact with other years will be avoided. We will manage this by placing restrictions on where and when children will be taught and have their breaks. Students are likely to have some lessons in one room rather than move around the school. This may seem strange for our youngsters, but along with good hand hygiene, promoting ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ respiratory hygiene routines and social distancing, these are the serious and important measures we need to take to keep the school community safe. We will send out more details later this term.
With the decline in the numbers of Covid-19 cases nationally we have also opened our Sports Hub for ‘Open Air’ sessions. Staff and visitors there are also expected to keep a social distance of 2m. Equipment is not shared and is cleaned thoroughly between sessions. Maintaining a social distance of 2m at all times when away from home is still very important for us all and I would ask that you remind your children that this also applies to them when out in public too.
The official finish date for Year 11 was at the end of last week and a separate message has been sent out to them. They have been a fantastic year group and it is such a shame that their celebrations at the end of an important year have been so badly affected. Before the end of term many Year 11 students have Falmouth College taster sessions to help prepare them for their next steps. We have also offered appointments on results days this summer for Year 11, 12 and 13 and we hope to be able to mark their achievements in some way in the future.
The summer term will end at 12.30pm on 22 July. The final work set on ShowMyHomework will be for lesson 1 on that day, to allow teachers to respond to work set during lesson 2. Our staff have provided support for key workers’ and vulnerable children since 23 March, through all holidays and bank holidays. In line with government expectations the school’s provision of this support will stop at the end of term. I would publicly like to thank all the staff for their hard work at home and in school in this time. Again many thanks to all of you who have also continued to help children with their studies whilst at home.
Posted at 11:40 on 3rd Jul 2020 Back