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Welcome to the Spring term

Welcome to the Spring term! It certainly wasn’t the start we were hoping for, but following the government’s confirmation of a third national lockdown, we are again ready and raring to go with remote learning.

We have welcomed back our key worker and vulnerable children, and have transferred immediately to our online provision for remote learning via Microsoft Teams. Amazing work is already flying in, and many dojos awarded!

As you will have seen in the media, primary schools nationwide are struggling to cope with demand for critical care workers. Grimley & Holt, as of Monday 11th January, will have 4 times the number of pupils in school, than in the lockdown of March last year. 

So we are extremely grateful to all parents and carers for their thoughtful interpretation of the government guidance regarding the definition of a ‘critical worker’.  To help manage and monitor the situation, we will be operating an informal grading system which prioritises those critical workers who are frontline health staff and those that are employed in testing / vaccination. We are grateful for your continued understanding in this.

Key points to remember:

  • We can only maintain the integrity and operation of three bubbles in school
  • Therefore, we have a finite number of places that we can offer to maintain the children’s safety
  • Many members of staff are facing the same childcare pressures as parents and carers and,as a result, this has impacted on their availability

Here at Grimley we are incredibly lucky to have a group of dedicated staff who are all ready and willing to come into school and continue their teaching – putting the needs of the school ahead of their own and their families’. I remain incredibly grateful for their continued commitment and dedication.

Alongside teaching in-school all teaching staff will continue to set and mark work via Microsoft Teams for all pupils working from ‘home school’. The work will be as engaging and entertaining as possible, and no doubt Joe Wicks will feature!

I’m pleased to say that, this term, we are going to adopt an increasingly personalised approach to learning that we hope will offer more chance to connect with staff and the school, as well as increased socialising opportunities with fellow pupils. This will include a 9am registration period and more lessons to be delivered by video and streaming.

We know how hard it is for all parents and carers to support the children in their learning via home school. You are all doing an incredible job, and together we can do our utmost to ensure there is little or no detrimental effect on their continued academic development. No parent or carer should feel alone in the task of schooling their children through this time so I would encourage you all to keep in touch with your child/ren’s teachers throughout, and my door (phone/email) is always open!

Please keep checking in with the weekly newsletters for updates and ideas for home-school help, including technology connectivity advice and details on who you should contact if you are having difficulties.

Together we will get through this next challenge, and hope we can look forward to brighter times ahead.

Stay safe, and look after each other.

Andrew Richards

Head Teacher

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