I hope you have all enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend and the sun is allowing some good social time after such a long year!
I want to thank you all for your support during what has been the longest period of the year for us without massive closures due to bubbles and cases; we have had to close only a couple of bubbles since Easter and that has been due to your vigilance and careful adherence to the guidance as well as a good vaccine uptake I am sure. However, the virus still circulates and new variants remains a concern – so it is important we all continue to follow the rules and watch for symptoms. It is likely we will still be asking the students to wear masks after half term given the rates remain stubbornly high locally.
However – we are now able to make one or two more changes to our school day now that Y11 have left us and we have just four year groups in school.
Firstly, we are now reinstating Tutor Time for all years, so from Monday 7th June, ALL YEARS should be in school by 8.30am.
Y7 – will arrive at the same gate as usual for 8.25am
Y8 & 9 will arrive at the gate on Stiups Lane will which be open for them from 8.20am so they can come into the playground and avoid any crowds for local residents
Y10 – will arrive at the same gate as usual for 8.25am
All year groups will then come into school at 8.30am (Y7-9 will be met by Tutors) using separate entrances, and they will all finish at 2.30pm using separate exits.
Secondly, all lessons will now be for one hour and will be uninterrupted by breaks and lunches as we have been able to re-organise service around the four year groups still in school. This should mean learning is smoother and easier for all the students.
The students have been given this information during their last lesson on Friday of last week – so they do know!
Finally, we are also now halting the temporary permission for hoodies as the weather is warmer; this means NO non-uniform jumpers or hoodies will be allowed from June 7th – again, the students know this. This is important because professional standards are part of who we are at KPHS, so now that the opportunity is here, we want to reinstate our expectations of smart uniform at all times.
We are trying to plan a summer that will include some of the things students know and enjoy – like Sports Day – so we hope very much that things will continue to improve for our community; we know exactly how hard this year has been for so many and like all of you, we want nothing more than a return to normality, but it is important that this is done safely and with due regard for continuing guidelines, so do bear with us.
For now – enjoy the half term, we are looking forward to seeing all the students back – hoodie-free! – at 8.30am on June 7th!