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12/01/2021   Priory School - Update Message 12.1.2021

Dear parents and carers,

Firstly, I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your support since the start of this term.  I write to you deeply saddened that we find ourselves within another national lockdown.  I appreciate how such a situation affects our young learners and have some appreciation of how difficult this situation is for many families. 

As you are aware, the school is operating with a reduced capacity providing face to face education in the first instance for those children whose parents or carers are key workers.  In addition to these learners we continue to review a safe working capacity in school and will gladly welcome more learners back into school when it is safe to do so.  I know all families will appreciate that the current message from government is to ‘stay at home’ where possible. 

This decision does not suggest that schools and colleges are no longer safe places for young people. Instead, limiting attendance is about reducing the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households.

We have resisted closing schools until now, but in the face of the rapidly rising numbers of cases across the country and intense pressure on the NHS, we now need to use every lever at our disposal to reduce all contacts outside households wherever possible.

There are many factors which involved in our risk assessments which ensure we continue to work in a safe manner to protect all.  We continue to review the national and local circumstances and ensure we are doing all we can to include as many pupils within school.

As the national lockdown is expected to last until at least mid-February we are exploring alternative methods to engage learners within their education whilst they are working within their home.  You will be aware that as of Monday 18th January we will be rolling out a number of virtual remote learning experiences. We really hope as many pupils will take up this offer of education and we look forward to working with pupils virtually.  Over the coming days you will be sent more information regarding this arrangement in preparation for lessons.  To ensure you are prepared you may wish to download the Microsoft Teams application in advance as you await further instructions.  If you are using a tablet or iPad this can be sourced through your application store.  If you are using a laptop this software can be downloaded here https://teams.microsoft.com/uswe-01/downloads . 

If you are using the software on a PlayStation or Xbox there is not download requirement. Instructions of how to log on will be sent shortly.

Once again thank you for your continued support.

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

Headteacher