Welcome to the first governors’ blog of the new academic year....16th October 2020
Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 11:36am
Welcome to the first governors’ blog of the new academic year. Firstly, I would like to say a big welcome to all of our new parents and children. I hope you have managed to settle in well in what is a more than unusually uncertain time for all of us.
I would also like to welcome back our ‘old’ children and parents. It is always a joy to see the children back in school after a long summer break it is even more satisfying this year given the extended time off children have had. As a parent, I can understand that there may have been some anxiety about the return to school and I am pleased to see that attendance is so positive.
Governance still continued during the lockdown period and subsequent re-opening although our role did change during this time. We have been involved in discussions about the re-opening plans and risk assessments and will continue to monitor and discuss the school’s Covid-19 response in our monthly meetings.
The main focus of this blog, however, is to recognise the work of all of our school staff from March until now. School remained open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children during the lockdown and staff played a vital role in ensuring that those key workers were able to fulfil their duties and respond to the ongoing crisis. Children were also provided with learning support at home including videos from the teachers and some stellar assemblies from Mr Bousfield and Miss Hacking! I confess that I performed particularly poorly in the virtual sports day! Teachers were also available for any parents who had concerns about their child. This took place in the context of ever-changing advice and guidance. Going forward, teachers are planning for remote learning in the event that children are required to learn from home whilst also providing the usual support, teaching and inspiration to our young people. Their role in helping children navigate these difficult times cannot be underestimated.
It is also important to recognise the work of the cleaning and caretaking teams who have ensured that increased cleaning measures. This has been vital in enabling the school to re-open. Thank you!
Lastly, but certainly not least, thank you to the administration teams who provide vital support to parents and allow our teaching teams to focus on what they do best.
Debbie Tomkinson, Chair of Governors