Half Term Letter

11th February 2021

Dear Parent / Carer

I know it seems strange to say but half term is almost here! It has been a very difficult time for many of us and I sincerely hope that we can get back to some sort of normality soon.

I would like to say a massive ‘WELL DONE’ to all of you who have coped with home learning. We are in no doubt that this has been a huge challenge for everyone and we have been really encouraged by the response and feedback that we have been getting. Please remember that we are here to support you in any way that we can, all you need to do is ask. You would be amazed at some of the things we have done this term and we are only too happy to turn up on your doorstep to help!

We have now given out almost 90 laptops to children in the school. However, we have noticed that many of them are not yet being used for school work. If you are unsure how to use them, or are experiencing any technical problems, please let us know and we will be happy to guide you through this. At present we still have a waiting list for laptops; if you are not using the one you have been given I should be grateful if you would return it to us so we can give it out to another family. We will contact you after half term if we notice that your child is still not able to access their home learning online.

As next week is half term, we will not be setting any work or expecting anything to be completed. Please ensure that your children take a well-deserved break from their home learning and treat this time as a school holiday.

For children who are entitled to be in school, next term will start again on Monday 22nd February, there is no staff training day. I know many parents are desperate to get their children back into school but to be fair to everyone, I have to be very clear on the rules. If you are a key worker, I have written proof of this from your employer and you have no alternatives then your child can be in school. If your child has an EHCP, or as a family you are receiving support from another organisation, your child may also be entitled to attend. I understand this is frustrating but please hang in there; the end is almost in sight and we will see you ALL soon.

I hope that you and your families are remaining safe and well. This is the most important thing!

Yours sincerely

Pete Talbot


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