Letter from the Headteacher - 24.6.2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you are well and continuing to remain safe?  As we move swiftly through this final half term of the year I wanted to get in touch and update parents on the current situation at South Craven.

As a school we are continuing to provide care and support for vulnerable students and the children of keyworkers in the LRC.  These sessions have been staffed by our teachers and support staff since the 23rd March and will run until the end of term.  Our teachers also continue to set work for all of their classes via Google classroom and we often showcase some of the superb work being produced on our social media feeds.  We are regularly reviewing how well our students are getting on with the work and we have been extremely impressed with so many of them.  We hope that they will keep their efforts up as we move towards the summer break and I will be able to send lots more reward vouchers out to them.

Last week saw the first week of the face to face sessions for our Year 10 and 12 students.  Over 80% of Year 10 students attended their welfare and review sessions and the vast majority of Year 12 students got to meet up with their subject teachers to review progress.  There has been a lot of positive feedback from staff and students about the sessions but the best thing was to see lots of smiling (and often tired!) faces in school as well as hearing the buzz of activity going on in our buildings again.  These sessions allowed us to focus on how the pandemic has affected the students, have the opportunity for really useful discussions about any issues, review academic progress and get the students moving in the right direction for September.  It was obvious that many of our students have got a very different routine in place, with many of them going to bed late and getting up late so the return to school was a big shock for some of them.

The Year 10 and 12 sessions will continue until 10th July and whilst the other year groups will not have the opportunity to come into school they may be able to take part in live lessons, if this is suitable for the subject being taught.  Full details of any upcoming live lessons will appear in students’ Google classroom folders.

At this point last year we were saying goodbye to our Year 11 and 13 students as they completed their final exams and went off to enjoy their extended summer break.  Things have obviously been very different for them this year but I can confirm that the school has now completed the GCSE, A-Level and vocational Centre Assessed Grade process and sent the details off to the relevant exam boards.  In the near future we will make contact with all the year 11 students who wish to study with us next year and give them all the key information about South Craven Sixth Form.  We are also sending out regular emails about various college courses available to Year 11 students and anything relevant about university and progression for our Year 13 students.  Before the end of the year I will also be in touch with full details of the Year 11 and Year 13 results day process so you know exactly what to expect on those days.

On Friday the Government released details of their “Billion pound Covid-19 catch-up plan to tackle the impact of lost teaching time.”  We have read the guidance carefully and I can assure you that we have already started to plan clear strategies on how to support students in all year groups when they return to school. At the moment we still await full details about the broader plans for bringing more students back into school in September and I will inform you as soon as we have more information.

Finally, I want to issue my usual offer of support to you as parents.  Below is the link to our support websites, which are there to support children of all ages during this time.  Please remember that your child’s form tutor and Head of Year are available if you have any questions or concerns and you can contact our safeguarding team at any time via email at safeguarding@southcraven.org

Thanks as always for your strong support.

Kind regards

Martyn Hill


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