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  • 14 January 2022 - Letter to Parents


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     14 January 2022

    Dear parents and carers

    I hope this letter finds you and your families well. We have had a good week at school,
    with some wonderful high quality teaching and learning going on.

    Year 11
    Thank you to Year 11 parents for attending the Parents Consultation Evening last night.
    All Parents Evenings this year are continuing virtually this year, and meetings are arranged
    for 5 minutes through an online platform. This means you can see the teacher and talk
    to them using a smartphone, iPad or computer, from your own home.
    Dates for Parent Consultation Evenings
                       Y9 Options Parents Evening – Thursday 3 February – this is a virtual evening and
    full details will be shared directly with Year 9 parents, carers and students.
                       Y7 Parents Consultation Evening - Thursday 10 February
                      Y8 Parents Consultation Evening – Thursday 17 March
                       Y9 Parents Consultation Evening – Thursday 31 March
                      Y10 Parents Consultation Evening – Thursday 12 May

    Year 11 Exams
    Through January students in Year 11 are sitting some vocational exams, and mock
    exams in preparation for GCSEs. This week students sat the OCR Sports Science
    external exam and mock exams in Engineering. Students have worked well in these
    exams so far. Despite nerves they have been positive and valuable experiences for
    students who are getting used to exam formalities and techniques.

    Year 11s are revising well, and are aware that these mock exam results may contribute
    to their Teacher Assessed Grade, if exams were not to go ahead in the summer due to
    Covid. At present, we are on Plan A for exams, which is that children will be sitting GCSEs
    and other exam courses in the summer.

    Covid Procedures
    Thank you for continuing to provide face coverings for students. We are following
    government guidance on face coverings, which is due to be reviewed on 26 January.

    Thank you also for continuing to ensure your children are testing twice a week on Sunday
    eve/Monday morning, and on Wednesday eve/Thursday morning. Lateral Flow tests
    were handed out to children yesterday, and more are available from Reception if
    necessary; they just need to ask.

    Self-Isolation Rules are changing again
    From Monday 17 January, people with COVID-19 in England can end their self-isolation
    after 5 full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6.
                          • People self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature,
                         • Individuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in
    isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days

    The news release is here: self-isolation-government and we await full updated

    12 to 15 year old walk-in clinics for Vaccinations
    The following walk-in clinics, below, are open to 12-15 year olds for first
    dose and second dose, if eligible. You can also book an appointment using
    the National Booking Service. If your child has had Coronavirus, please do not attend
    until 12 weeks (90 days) after the first day of their Covid-19 infection.
    Daily - The Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16
                  • Monday to Friday, 3.30pm to 7pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am to 7.30pm

    Saturday 15 January
                  • 10am-6pm: The Rock Community Centre, St Peters Hall, Ridingleaze, Lawrence
    Weston, Bristol BS11 0QF
                  • Also offering Covid-19 vaccination for people aged 16 and over.

    Tuesday 18 January
                 • 1.30pm-5pm: Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, Bristol BS2 9DA

    I hope you have a good weekend.

    With best wishes

    Julia Hinchliffe, Headteacher