Weekly update from all at Harton

Dear students, parents and carers,

I hope you all continue to be well and are enjoying the lovely weather.

In terms of an update for this week:

  • We have had between 5 and 10 students in school. Clearly, 10 students with a teacher and support assistant presents a challenge for social distancing in a single classroom, so we have had to open up one of the double rooms in the 1936 building.
  • The students attending have received a variety of experiences this week with lessons in maths, food technology (cookery when I was at school!), PE, science, ICT, art, geography and MFL
  • Departments continue to issue a reasonable amount of work and have been providing students with regular feedback where possible.
  • Many thanks to staff for chasing up the laptop/internet information from students – we have had 1046 responses from 1235 possible students (84.7%, I am told!)
  • Thanks again to Pastoral and SEN staff for continuing their excellent work in contacting an ever increasing number of families (we intend to contact all remaining families in the next fortnight so you may receive a call from an unfamiliar or blocked number).
  • Thanks to our music department who have managed to continue essential music tuition for many of our students via Zoom or similar!
  • Thanks to Mrs Chesterton (Head of History) for providing some fabulous VE Day resources to all students and staff – well worth a look!
  • Continued thanks to Mr Reiss and DT staff for producing the Face Masks – 3003 is the latest incredible figure (maybe 3004 because I pinched one)! I have, this afternoon, e-mailed our MP to let her know about this magnificent work.
  • Thanks to staff and subject leaders for the continued work around Centre Assessed Grades.

I am sure that you are all looking forward to the PM’s announcements on Sunday – both in terms of what a relaxation of the lock down rules looks like and, of course, what a potential phased return for schools might look like.

We have been trying to anticipate aspects of this announcement and have been risk assessing the return of students on a likely phased basis. I have a meeting with senior staff to discuss this further on Tuesday of next week. We have been looking at our 98 classrooms and the dining hall, and calculating how many students we can safely sit either 1m apart or 2m apart. Clearly, we will need to consult further with staff, parents, unions and Governors before any plans are finalised.

That’s it for now!

Many thanks once again for your continued support – it is greatly appreciated and was highlighted in my meeting with the Directors last week – they are extremely grateful.

Take care and stay safe,

Sir Ken