Letter from Mrs Jackson – 22nd May 2020

Dear Parents/ Carers

As we approach the end of a half term, I would like to express my most sincere thanks for your support during these challenging times.  The staff at St Benedict’s have been working extremely hard over the last few weeks and I have been incredibly proud of the way everyone has risen to the challenges of home learning.

The Governing Body met yesterday to discuss the Government’s announcement that secondary schools should offer some face to face provision for Year 10 and 12 students to support their home learning. There were many factors to consider, and most importantly was the health and safety of all staff and students.

Leaders and Governors have decided to take a very cautious and phased approach to any re-opening for face to face contact with students.  This will give us time to respond to government guidance and ensure there is a robust risk assessment in place.

The following has been decided:

St Benedict’s school will re-open in a very limited capacity to Year 10 and 12 students from June 15th at the very earliest ONLY if it is still government advice to do so, and if the risk management process is complete.  Parents will have the final decision as to whether or not they send their child to school.  A parent who decides not to send their child to school will not be penalised.  Home learning will continue as it has done previously for ALL year groups.

There is a great deal to consider to safely open school.  The Governors and I feel that this careful, considered and phased approach is the best way forward for the health and well- being of all of our school community.

I will keep you updated after the half term holiday next week.

Thank you for your continued support and please enjoy a week off from home learning during next week’s half term holiday.

Yours faithfully

Emma Jackson

Head Teacher

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