Letter from the Headteacher - 14.05.2020

Dear Parent / Carer

I hope you are all well and keeping safe.

I wanted to write to you following the various Government announcements and publications about the possibility of opening schools in the near future and what that will mean for South Craven students.

I have provided a link here to the published Government guidance for parents and carers about the re-opening of schools.

The document gives you all the details about the Government plans but below I have attempted to highlight the key messages from it for South Craven parents and students: 

  • South Craven School will continue to offer places to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers as we have done so since the start of this situation.

  • The government is asking the school to begin planning for the possibility of providing some face to face support for Year 10 and Year 12 students to supplement their remote education. There is no expectation that Year 10 and Year 12 will return to school on a full time basis and any return to school will only happen when there is confirmation that the conditions of the five key Government tests have been met.

  • There are no plans for a return of Year 7, 8, or 9 students to school in the foreseeable future.  The government decision has been made to focus on Year 10 and 12 because they are the year groups preparing for exams and could benefit the most from face to face support. 

  • The government have provided us with detailed guidance and support on how to implement protective measures in school in order to reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus when the students and staff return. We will now work with this guidance to ensure that there are clear plans in place to minimise the risk to students and staff when the face to face support begins.  As Headteacher, I want to reassure all parents that the safety of students will be the first priority in any decisions we make and any plans to reopen school will be communicated in full to you before they are implemented.

At this point I would urge you all to read the full guidance to ensure you understand all the implications of the new plans. It should answer any further questions or concerns you may have.

In other news, our teachers have been working hard over recent weeks to generate the Centre Assessed Grades for students in Years 11 and 13. We have also been receiving some explanations about what will happen with vocational qualifications for students in Years 10 and 12 as many students will no longer be able to sit key assessments during the summer term. We have already communicated directly to Year 12 students about the situation and will be doing the same with Year 10 students in the very near future.

Finally, I would like to ask you to please continue supporting your child to ensure they complete the work being set by teachers – we have been really impressed by the dedication and resilience of so many of our students and have given out many rewards over the last week. As always, I am aware that this remains a difficult time for many families and young people and want to direct you to the link below containing all the student support websites available as well as a new resource set up by NYCC to support the wellbeing and mental health of young people at this time.

Thank you for all your continuing support and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Martyn Hill

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