Monday 18th May 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

As you know, and as set out in my email last week, the government hopes that schools
may begin to offer wider provision for a selected intake of pupils from June 1st.
The realisation of this aspiration will require much planning. We are aware of the
conversations being held in households across the region. We are also taking account of
ongoing updates of medical opinion.

To this end we are exploring the possibility of a phased and partial return of a limited
number of primary school pupils from Monday June 8th, a week later than initially
considered. This would be for Year 6 pupils only. A further week later, Monday June
15th, would see our Year 1 pupils returning.

This would end the current phase of wider opening – no provision for nursery or
reception will be considered in our planning at this point, as we fully understand the
educational issues surrounding any return to school for these children. I have also sent
in a separate document an outline of the planned return of the limited number of
pupils.

Our Year 10 and Year 12 students will begin one to one consultations with secondary
teachers from Monday 15th June. Secondary headteachers will communicate directly
with you on how this will be managed over the next two weeks.

During the planning period ahead of us we will consult with teachers and support staff,
parents, professional bodies and the Department for Education. This time will also see
the rollout to headteachers of a range of NPCAT risk assessments, consideration toolkits
and planning frameworks, which we have developed with reference to national
guidance and following advice from professional bodies.

I look forward to us all working collaboratively over the coming days and weeks to plan
effectively towards providing initially for those Year 6 children who wish to return to
school, along with those most vulnerable and key workers’ children.

We will do so while taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety of all of our
children and staff, adapting our environments where necessary to allow for social
distancing and hygiene considerations.

I appreciate that so many of you will have reservations on this issue and I understand
some may decide not to take this opportunity to return your children to school.
Please be assured that as a Trust we will continue to do our very best to support your
children over the coming weeks, whether this is through school-based learning or via
our remote learning platforms.

Yours sincerely

Hugh Hegarty CEO
NPQH | M.Sc. | PGCCGC | B.Ed. Hons.| CTC
Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust