Update for parents: Friday 3rd July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

The government issued guidance yesterday to support the full opening of schools in September 2020. We are currently working through this detailed guidance to plan for all children to be back on campus in the week beginning Monday 7th September 2020. We had already planned to have INSET days on Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September and therefore we will have plenty of time to make sure that the site is ready for students to return.

The Aspirations Academies Trust fully supports the government’s desire to get all children back to school, full time, in the autumn term. Having had the year 10s and year 12s back in school in recent weeks we know how important face-to-face contact is for a wide variety of reasons. It has been a joy to have these students on campus and we are all looking forward to welcoming all year groups back in. In our preparations for full opening we will be working within the guidance to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all students, staff and visitors to the campus.

If you have a child who will be taking GCSEs or A levels in the summer of 2021 it would be useful to note that currently there is a national consultation taking place for these exams to start much later (Monday 7th June). If this were to happen it would mean that exams are likely to run into July. I thought it best to make you aware of this in case you were starting to plan holidays for next year.

I am required to present my full opening plans to the Trust on Monday 13th July for scrutiny and ratification. I will, therefore, send you another letter before the end of July outlining detailed arrangements for our September start.

In the meantime you might be interested to know that there is also some updated guidance for parents; this is the link to this guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

I will write again soon

Yours sincerely

Sylvia Thomas