Message from the Headteacher
The weather is gradually getting warmer and with some restrictions being lifted this week there is an air of anticipation that we are heading in a positive direction. Let’s hope that remains for quite a while longer.
Return to School Monday 19th April
All students return to School on Monday 19th April. The Covid-19 protocols attached remain the same as those that were in place prior to the Easter holidays. Students should continue to:
- Use the same arrival and dismissal gate and timings for their year group
- Wear full, correct school uniform unless they have a PE/Dance lesson
- Wear their lanyard
- Sanitise their hands on the way into and out of school each day
LFD Home Testing
LFD Home testing remains in place as before Easter. Please continue to test each Sunday and Wednesday and use our results portal to keep us updated. If a student tests positive using LFD testing everyone in the household and any close contacts should isolate. A subsequent PCR test should be booked to confirm the LFD result, the PCR result takes precedent over the LFD.
I understand the frustrations that come from this system and the fact that students are being sent home as a result. However, there is very little we as a school or I as a Headteacher can do about the position we have been placed.
We are simply doing what has been asked of us and following the government guidelines. These guidelines can be found at this link.
Year 11 and 13 students who are sent home will be given the same opportunities as those who remain in school to complete their assessments. We have invested a lot of money, time and training into ensuring that education does not suffer should a bubble need to go home, and we have contingencies in place to ensure that the assessment programme remains fair to everyone.
Moderation Day Monday 7th June
You will have no doubt seen that with the cancellation of examinations teachers are being asked to assess students and generate their assessment grades. Therefore we will need to use Monday 7th June as a moderation and standardisation day before submitting our final grades to the examination boards. Students will remain at home on Monday 7th June and work will be set on Show My Homework. As per usual, students will be expected to complete this work in preparation for their next lesson.
The Government guidance regarding the wearing of face masks in classrooms has now been extended to 17th May. As before, we strongly recommend that students continue to wear face masks in classrooms. Further information can be found at the DfE website which is specifically for parents/carers.
Timings of the School Day from September
Following on from my previous correspondence in February we have now made the decision to extend the school day to 3pm (Mon – Thurs) and to finish at 2.35pm on Friday. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the consultation.
Focus on Safeguarding
In response to the 'Everyone Invited' website we will be adding a ‘Focus on Safeguarding’ to our fortnightly Head of Year newsletter for parents/carers and students. This focus will be written by Ms Holmes our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). I am sure you will join me in the horror of reading the testimonies of young women and girls. As part of our Personal Development Programme students are taught how to remain safe and I would strongly encourage you to talk as a family about personal safety. There will be a different safeguarding focus each fortnight and students will be given a booklet in the near future with contact details of where they can get support or advice.
We are very proud of our pastoral care at Carshalton High School for Girls. However, we will not be complacent and we must continue with our process of self-evaluation and improvement, where required.
In response to feedback from our Student Council this letter and all future correspondence with parents/carers from now on will be shared with students at the same time. Over the next months we will be introducing some exciting new publications and communications in order to improve and develop our information sharing for all stakeholders.
I was incredibly proud to read the wonderful work from our Head Student Sixth Formers who created our first ever newsletter for students. It was fantastic to see so many of their talents, thoughts and opinions laid out for all of our student community. A fine example of Excellence: Everywhere, Every day. Keep your eye out for future editions!
Finally, this time of year brings many challenges and opportunities. There are many priorities this term but our main focus will be on continuing to deliver a high quality education for all students and to undertake the Year 11 and 13 assessments fairly and in a robust, consistent fashion. It is always an action packed half-term and I look forward to your continued support.