Easter update – letter from the Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to open by thanking you all for your help and commitment in supporting your children in our learning from home programme. I know these are stressful and difficult times for us all and it helps for young people to have some sense of routine and normality but as a parent myself I totally understand the challenges that juggling home works and home schooling present.

This letter is simply to update you on a few key things that will be happening in the next few weeks:

Firstly, school will be remaining open over the Easter holiday for our cohort of vulnerable learners and for children of key workers. If you need to access this service, please let us know by emailing lsidoli2.310@hhsweb.org.

We do recognise that learners will want work to keep them busy over Easter and to support their learning. As a result, we will be setting revision activities for learners to complete over the two week Easter break. At the end of the break we will be setting online tests for learners to complete. We will not be monitoring engagement over this period. After Easter, there will be some minor changes to our learning from home processes and we will write to you with the details of that in the near future.

Our communications team are also launching a learning from home tab on our website www.hhsweb.org. Content is to be gradually uploaded onto this over the next few days. It will include; latest communications from the school, guidance on home learning, guidance on keeping safe whilst learning from home and some answers to FAQs.

This team will also be sending a mailshot home to all learners in Key Stage Three with your knowledge organisers for the first half of the summer term and some other learning resources. If you have not received this by 17th April please email us at office@hhsweb.org.

Can I also take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our staff that have both kept the school open and got the learning from home programme up and running over the past two weeks. This applies not only to the teachers but also to the IT team, canteen team, cleaners, site team, learning support, admin/communications team and the school leaders and governors who have all played their part.

Finally, you may all be aware that Ofqual and UCAS have today issued guidance on how schools should calculate grades for learners due to sit exams in the cancelled summer exam series. We will be writing separately to parents and learners in years 10 to 13 about this imminently.

As ever, I will close by saying that our school values place a strong emphasis on excellent care for each other. At the current time, this feels more appropriate than ever. We urge everyone to look after themselves and to take care of others in their communities over the coming weeks.

Yours faithfully

Paul Gamble