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Campus Reopening Update - 27 May, 2020

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Dear Parents,

Following my previous updates we are now entering the third and fourth phase of our reopening and we will be welcoming our Year 6, 7, 8, 9  & 12 (our year 10 and 13 students are already in school) students back to school on the 1st of June. As part of this reopening, we have been inspected many times by the full range of government agencies to ensure that your children return to a well managed and safe environment. These continued steps to complete reopening are very important and everyone is well prepared. Part of this preparation is to keep you fully informed as to the processes and systems in place as our students return to school. With this in mind I have attached to this email a range of documents which detail arrangements around this return to school.

Please can I ask you to read through these documents so that you are fully informed as to how we and the education authorities are ensuring the safety of your child. I would draw your particular attention to the adjusted timings of the school day. These adjustments are required of us by the education authorities so please do make note of them as they are variation on the normal routine. I realise that I have sent these documents before but we are required to ensure that everyone is as well informed as possible. I am very pleased to say that following our successful reopening for our Year 10 & 13 students the authorities have downgraded our risk category. This is testament to the hard work of all staff to get all the systems and processes in place to protect all of our community.

A new requirement introduced due to the larger number of returning students is the need to complete and return a High Risk Group Acid Test Acknowledgement. Please read this carefully and sign the document and ensure that your child has it with them when they return on the 1st of June along with the 14 Day Temperature Check Form. The High Risk Group Acid Test Acknowledgement proforma applies to the student and anybody who is resident in the students household. If either of these two forms are missing on the 1st of June students will not be permitted to board the school bus or enter the campus if being dropped off at school by a parent or driver. Bearing in mind that your child will have their temperature taken and the forms I have referred to collected at the bus stop if they are travelling by school transport, I would strongly suggest that a parent or family member accompanies our younger returning students to the bus stop just in case there is a problem with the temperature check or with either of the two forms.  The collection of the two forms will obviously only take place on the first day but the temperature checks will be every day. If your child or any member of their household falls into any of the high risk groups and you are unable to sign the form you will need to have a virus acid test and be able to provide documentation of a negative test before access to the campus can be granted. A list of places where a test can be obtained is also attached to this email Acid Test Hospital List. These requirements are all required for us to reopen so please bear with us on this as it is to safeguard the whole school community and ensure we can reopen.

As I have mentioned in previous emails and parent forum meetings, controls around who can and cannot access the school campus, during this period of reopening, is strictly controlled. I am afraid we will not be able to welcome parents onto the school campus yet. Only the returning students and staff associated with their direct teaching are allowed in. So I am afraid that parents and extended family members will be declined access. I would ask that you bear with us as we go through this very sensitive period of reopening. There are a couple of points in addition to the attached documentation that we are providing that I would like to emphasise. These are as follows:

  • All students must wear face masks at all times inside the building and only remove these to eat and drink or when they are outside. This is an absolute requirement of the overall infection control measures and I would ask that parents of returning students ensure that their child comes to school with a face mask. This applies to all staff as well.
  • During this very sensitive reopening phase, please can I ask all returning students to restrict their out of school movements to home and school and avoid visiting busy and populous areas and large gatherings. This measure is to reduce the risk of infection of our students and therefore reduce the risk of importing the infection into the school and putting our reopening at risk.
  • All returning students must remember to bring with them the completed high risk group/travel declaration form on Monday the 1st of June as I am afraid they will not be admitted without it.
  • All returning students must remember to bring with them the completed temperature check form on Monday the 1st of June as I am afraid they will not be admitted without it.
  • All returning students must inform us of their intent to return
  • Body temperature can be affected by many conditions so I would ask that if your child has any illness please do not send them to school and inform the school.

For those students who are still waiting for their return date, our virtual school continues and the developments within that programme will ensure, coupled with the additional tuition and support available next academic year, that none of our students will experience any disadvantage from this campus closure. Also some of our students in the returning year groups are not in Beijing and currently are unable to return. Again the virtual school will continue and the curriculum taught in the school will be reflected in the e-learning to ensure that no student will be disadvantaged as compared with their year group peers. Again the post reopening programme of additional support will also ensure that differences in learning, progress and attainment are addressed.

Our on-line parent forums continue and below please find the links for these. These have now been running for a long time and we at school find them very useful so I would encourage parents to join the ones that are most relevant to them and their child/ren. Your views are always welcome as it helps us continually improve the full range and nature of the support we offer to our students and wider school community.


Parent Online Forums Schedule

Wednesday 27th May 3pm Primary School Forum


Friday 29th May 9am Whole School Forum


Friday 29th May 4pm Whole School Forum

Best regards

Richard Thornhill


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