9.15am - 01/05/2020 - School update

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope everyone is keeping well during this difficult time and we remain grateful for the support of all parents and carers as the lockdown continues.

As we begin a new month we have set out one or two important messages below.

Advice for families
We attach a Surrey CC leaflet 'Stay Safe at Home' and there is a link below to another source of advice for families during these difficult times.

Online lessons
We have been impressed by the way the vast majority of our students have settled into the new working routine. We are seeking to liaise with those who are finding working without the one-to-one support of staff a challenge and we greatly appreciate the work of parents/carers and other family members who are acting as teachers at this time.

Public exams
Working in departments, teachers are now undertaking the process of producing grades for public exams in 2020. This is a responsible task and we are printing below the warning that has been sent to all schools. “It is important schools and colleges do not share provisional grades, nor rank orders, with students or parents and carers. This is to protect the integrity of the teachers’ judgements, and to avoid teachers, heads of department or heads of centre feeling under pressure to submit a grade that is not supported by the evidence." Any attempt to influence teacher judgements will be reported to exam boards.

Trips and visits
You will be aware that we stopped taking payments for future trips and visits as soon as the lockdown started. We are working hard with trip organisers and our insurance company and will update you as soon as we have more information. Thank you for your patience.

Year 12 work experience
We have decided to cancel the Year 12 work experience week that was scheduled for the second half of term.

Free school meals
In the last few days, we have contacted all families in receipt of free school meals giving details of the new Government voucher scheme. We hope this will prove useful in the weeks ahead.

Masks from the DT department
I am sure you will want to join us in saying thank you to Mrs Barnett, Mrs Haines-Gilbertson and many other staff for the work they have been doing to manufacture face masks for key workers. At the last count, over 3000 had been sent to care homes, hospitals and other local settings.

We will update you if the situation changes nationally over the next few weeks.

Best wishes

S Crabtree/A Powell
Headteacher/Head of School