Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that you are all well and have been able to spend the summer in the best way possible given the changing restrictions and difficulties we may have faced. At Kingsway we are very proud of our departing Y11s, who have achieved extremely positive outcomes in their KS4 courses and are going on to begin the next phase of their lives. While it may have been different for them, their grades were hard earned and well deserved and we wish them all well for their futures. Amazingly, time has flown by and we are now ready to embark on a new school year once again.

Start of Term:

We will be opening school for the new school year as follows:

Y7 – Testing on Friday 3rd and Monday 6th September: START School at 8.30am Tuesday 7th September, main front entrance

Y8 – Testing on Saturday 4th and Tuesday 7th September: START School at 9.15am Wednesday 8th September, Stiups entrance

Y9 – Testing on Saturday 4th and Tuesday 7th September: START School at 9.15am Wednesday 8th September, Stiups entrance

Y10 – Testing on Saturday 4th and Tuesday 7th September: START School at 9am Wednesday 8th September, Stiups entrance

Y11 – Testing on Saturday 4th and Tuesday 7th September: START School at 8.30am Wednesday 8th September, Annexe entrance

All students should attend in full uniform, with appropriate footwear, sensible haircuts and without piercings. Currently there is no permission for hoodies as we allowed last year, so please warn the students of this. If you have any questions about uniform – or any other issues – you can contact your child’s Head of Year or Year Manager by calling school from Thursday September 2nd and we will respond to all messages.

Current Measures:

There are some changes to the restrictions we had in place before the summer, but we are also advised by Public Health locally to be ready to re-introduce some of them should the situation dictate their necessity. We do have the following expectations in place:

  • Testing is offered before students return (the dates are above for each year group) and strongly encouraged for all students, as we know from Scotland that the return to school may have increased transmission rates; we will still be asking you to test at home twice weekly after this too.
  • Students will still be asked to wash their hands regularly and to clean down areas in between uses, as well as to bring all their own equipment (pens, pencils, calculators etc) to reduce the sharing of these items.
  • There are still three separate entrances in use to reduce crowds using only one access point.
  • Teachers will still be asked to maintain distancing wherever possible in order for us to try and reduce the high staff absence rates caused by transmission and isolation as well as to contribute generally to the methods for reduction in daily contacts.
  • While masks are no longer compulsory, they could be introduced again if we, or Public Health, deem it necessary – and staff and students can choose to wear them if they wish to.

The most important guidance has not changed and that is that if your child has any of the symptoms of covid-19 they MUST NOT attend school, but should isolate at home and seek a PCR test (those available at testing centres or by post). If the test is positive they MUST still isolate for 10 days. While we will not be being asked to identify contacts, this will still be being done by NHS Test and Trace and we must all follow their instructions. I would add to this that if your child is at all unwell, please keep them at home and contact us for advice – the young people have been out of circulation and therefore out of the way of many a virus (not just covid-19) and we can all help to avoid others becoming unwell by being a little cautious for the time being. As I have said before – I know that is not a usual message from a Headteacher, but just for now the extra caution will help us all I think. At the moment, while there is no requirement for us to maintain bubbles and use them for contact tracing, we have timetabled all year groups in a way that still provides a limit on daily contacts, and we will still be running more than one lunch service and asking students whenever possible to be outside during break and lunchtime.

If you are eligible for a vaccine and have not yet taken it up, I do want to encourage you to do so; the data is showing that hospitalisations and severe outcomes from covid-19 are significantly reduced in the vaccinated population. I am happy to share that I am vaccinated, as are my whole family now; if you feel you need some help in finding out where to go for one, please get in touch.

I will leave it there for now – please do not worry about getting in touch if you have a question, there are staff back in school from Thursday September 2nd and we are happy to help. Do bear with us while we re-establish our testing and set up as you always do – but we will return all calls.

Looking forward to starting a new school year and to seeing you all again – and meeting our new Y7! – very soon,

Best wishes,

Mrs Langley

The school gave my son all of the help & support that he needed,which has made him much more confident in himself

PARENT OF A PUPIL

The school gave my son all of the help & support that he needed,which has made him much more confident in himself

PARENT OF A PUPIL

The school gave my son all of the help & support that he needed,which has made him much more confident in himself

PARENT OF A PUPIL
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