Start of Summer Term – Letter from the Headteacher 16/04/2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you are well and that you enjoyed some break over the Easter period in these very difficult circumstances. Out thoughts are of course with all of those suffering at this time and with those key workers from the NHS to Food delivery who are working hard to keep us safe.

Thank you for your feedback on the first two weeks of home learning prior to Easter. I was delighted with the uptake from learners and this is a credit to both themselves and you all. In response to this feedback and our own learnings we have produced a guide to home learning at Harrow High which is attached to this email and is also available on the website. This document outlines how the home learning process will work from this point forwards. The process is essentially very similar but the structures and avenues for teacher communication have been much improved. There may be further changes as we move along and we will of course keep you fully informed.

It is vital that learners are doing their best to engage with the home learning wherever possible. Not only does it provide routine, but it ensures that learners will not be missing out on key content for their studies.

In addition, I would like to draw your attention to a few other matters;

Firstly, school will be open every school day 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.

Ofqual have released their guidance for schools, parents and learners with respect to the process of awarding grades for Year 11 GCSE, AS and A2 exams which were due to be sat this summer. After a busy Easter of discussion, we will be finalising how this will work at Harrow High. The best guide for parents and learners is available at;

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/878869/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_EPQ_AEA_in_maths_-_guidance_for_teachers_students_parents_UPDATED_09APR2020.pdf

The school is currently in discussions about the best way forward for Year 10 and we will communicate this as soon as a decision is reached.

We have sent mailshots home to all learners in Key Stage 3 with their latest knowledge organisers and we are in the process of putting them all online – this is a large task but we hope to have it completed soon. If you have not received your mailshot, please contact 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 for key learners over the Easter Holiday. Again, 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.

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