First Half Term of 2021
Dear Parent / Carer,
At the end of the first half term of 2021, which has been unusual to say the least, we would like to thank you all for adapting again to new routines in challenging circumstances. Thank you also to all parents and students that completed our surveys on remote learning in January. We read all of the responses and were cheered that so many of them were positive. We took on board any suggestions for improvements and can assure you that we are continually looking to improve our online provision. If you need any further support for remote learning, we have information available on our school website in our student and parent tabs, which includes videos to talk through our systems.
We hope that you have had an opportunity to view our weekly WOW walls, showcasing the best work submitted to teachers, and listen to our weekly assemblies to keep in touch with students and remind them of key aspects of remote learning. As a quick reminder, in order for us to ensure that students are well and engaging, we ask them to check in daily with their tutors. If we do not receive that check, we will send a text home to alert you that we have not heard from your child – so please make sure that child has done this each day.
In terms of a full return to school, we await the release of the government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ due on Monday 22nd February. We will update you of any plans emerging from that when we have the information.
At the present time, we still plan to conduct asymptomatic testing of all students when we re-open fully, using lateral flow tests. We will inform you of when these tests will take place. If you have not yet given consent for your child to participate in the testing process, please complete the consent form sent out earlier in the term and return it as soon as possible. No student will take part in any testing for the virus unless parents have given approval. Sixth Form students can give their own consent. After half term, we will test our on-site pupils twice during the first week in accordance with government guidelines – there is no requirement for them to be tested again in school after this.
The consultation regarding how this year’s exam results are to be awarded is now closed. Again, we await with interest the outcomes of that consultation and will let you know as soon as it is released. In the meantime, we encourage all students to keep doing their very best.
Next week is half-term and both staff and students deserve a well-earned break and so the school will be fully closed to everybody. We would encourage all of our community to take a break away from their screens. The school will open to vulnerable learners and those of critical workers who are currently attending on Monday 22nd February. If it is necessary, I will still be in contact with the local outbreak team and Public Health England throughout the half-term holiday. The local outbreak team do inform us of positive cases within our student population, but this takes time, and so we appreciate you informing us straight away and so we can take action if necessary, especially if your child has been into school.
If your child tests positive for Covid-19 over half-term, please email COVID@nortoncaneshigh.staffs.sch.uk
Please give the following information:
• Child’s name and year group
• Date and time your child first developed symptoms (if they have any)
• Date and time positive test was confirmed
If your child has been in school this week and a student or staff member who has attended school
too, tests positive for Covid-19, I will have to ask the close contacts of that person to self-isolate. If
your child has been in school, please also give the additional information:
• Your name and contact number
• Your child’s friendship groups including who walked to/from school with, who socialised with at
We will check this inbox every day at 10am. If your child is identified as a close contact of an infected
child who has been in school this week, we will contact you via text and email, advising your child to
self-isolate for the requisite number of days. Please be aware that we may need to phone you, which
will be from a withheld number.
Once again, thank you for your continued support and co-operation. It is a real privilege to work with
such fantastic staff, students and parents.
Mrs Sarah Diggory