Dear Parent and Carers

We are looking forward to welcoming your children back to school. It was great to see so many pupils on our GCSE and A Level Results Days and celebrate as much as we could with them. They said how much they had missed school and their teachers.

As you may be aware, the Department for Education has announced that, from 1 September, If your secondary school is in a local lockdown area

  • Staff and pupils should wear face coverings when moving around school, such as in corridors and communal areas (unless they’re exempt)
  • Face coverings won’t generally be necessary in classrooms, even if social distancing isn’t possible

As we are not in a lockdown area at this stage, the wearing of facemasks / visors in school is not mandatory at this time.

We would, however, advise that staff and pupils wear facemasks in communal areas if they feel it appropriate to do so. This is optional at this time but guidance will be updated along with our risk assessments and information from PHE should the advice change.

Can I ask that the mask does not have logos/slogans and that it is plain in colour. Please be assured that as part of our staggered return at the beginning of term, we will train pupils in the use of masks and the importance of good hygiene.

We are constantly reviewing our risk assessments to ensure that the school is safe for our pupils and staff and we will keep you informed of changes as they occur.  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact school should you have any queries.

Can I remind you that it is still compulsory for facemasks to be worn on public transport including school buses and that at the moment children are encouraged to walk or cycle to work if possible.

Thank you for your support in keeping your children and our staff safe.

Yours faithfully

Tony Boyle