Welcome back from the Head
I hope that you have had a good summer and enjoyed some time with your families and friends.
Over the summer break, we have been focused on ensuring that we are ready to welcome all the children back onto the site for the start of term. Our aim is to ensure that school life is as normal as possible and that the children will be able to make the most of their usual broad curriculum, supported by our pastoral care.
Mrs Barraud, the estates team and teachers have also been hard at work with all the usual preparations for a new school year. The Pre-Prep has received a makeover; classes have been moved to different rooms to suit our increased pupil numbers, new outdoor areas have been created and planting, repairs and decorating have made the whole department look fabulous and will provide a first class learning environment for all.
Elsewhere in the School, the remaining classrooms and the corridor on the top floor in Great Roke have been redecorated and re-carpeted and will house Years 7 and 8 in our new Covid restructure.
On our return to normality, the top floor will house our library, learning resources, dedicated learning support, staff offices and mathematics department.
A few housekeeping messages follow:
- – Please remember to sign your children up if they are staying on beyond the usual finish times published in the guidelines.
- – If you have recently returned from abroad, please follow any Government directives on quarantine and inform us of the country you visited and your timeline for isolation.
- – Currently, all events involving parents such as attending assemblies and the BHCC Hog Roast will not be possible. We will be constantly reviewing our procedures and guidelines in line with Government updates and advice from our professional associations and will inform you of any changes
- – With regard to uniform please refer to the ‘School uniform for September’ letter sent on 15th July about our expectations for uniform in the autumn term. We will understand if it has not been possible to purchase certain items of clothing given the current circumstances. Prep children will only be in full uniform for one day per week and therefore we will not enforce the wearing of a blazer if a new one needs to be purchased or if new school shoes are needed an appropriate alternative may be worn. However, please note that as soon as guidelines change and schools return to normal we will expect all our children to be in full uniform.
- – Face coverings will remain optional on the school premises. However, in light of the recent Government update that comes into force today, if new local restrictions are imposed staff and children in Years 7 and 8 will be required to wear face masks when moving around indoors and when social distancing is difficult to maintain in communal areas.
- – Parents are also encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school.
- – To preserve the surfaces of the astro and tennis courts, it would be useful for all children to have alternative footwear to their sports trainers for use on the adventure playground and when attending Forest School / Adventure Club.
I look forward to welcoming all our children back over the coming days. It will be wonderful to have all staff and children back at Barrow Hills to begin the new academic year.