What a welcome back to school we have had so far!  Our Year 7 pupils have joined us and I can honestly say that they have settled into life at St Edmund Arrowsmith without any problems, the whole staff have been very impressed with them.  Considering that these pupils had not had the opportunity to visit us before their start date, they are now part of our school community and I hope that they feel this too. 

It has been a bit of a bumpy start to the year, with Covid still dominating the way in which we all conduct our lives.  I want to thank all our parents and carers for their continuing support when we have had to ask year groups or groups of pupils to self-isolate.  I understand how frustrating this must be, but thankfully our pupils have worked with us to make home learning a success.  Could I please urge all parents to keep your children off school, even if they have very minor symptoms of COVID-19 and fully recover before they come back in to school to try to keep the number of pupils we have to send home to self-isolate to a minimum.  I have received many compliments from parents/carers who have listened to the teaching of lessons at home and want to thank our teachers for maintaining the high quality of learning.  It has certainly been challenging for my colleagues, as teaching to a classroom of pupils at home (or a mix of home and school) has now moved into unchartered territory.   

It has also been a learning curve to find positives in what can seem like a negative situation.  Our pupils are now wearing face masks, following the one-way system around school, using hand gel, working to a different timetable and being restricted at break and lunchtimes.  This is our new 'normal' for the foreseeable future and the way in which our school community has accepted these changes fills me with pride.  Without their support, it would have been much harder for our school to operate successfully.  

Due to the restrictions in place at the moment, I am so pleased to be able to introduce our school's inaugural Virtual Open Evening.  If you visit the school's website, you will be able to get a flavour of school life as we have produced a series of videos to promote our wonderful school for those Year 6 pupils who are going through the secondary school application process.  Please take a look at these videos as they really do provide a glimpse into what our pupils enjoy most about being here. 

Take care and God Bless.

Posted by Plennon on 5 October 2020

Category: Headteacher's blog