Happy New Year! It was wonderful to welcome the children back into school yesterday and to hear their news from over the Christmas holidays. As outlined in my letter on Wednesday, 5 January, we will be continuing to follow the local Public Health and Government guidance related to additional COVID-19 measures in school. This may be revised, following any announcement on 26 January, when the Government’s Plan B is due to be reviewed.
Confirmatory PCR Tests to be Suspended for Positive LFD Test Results
Confirmatory PCR tests following a positive LFD test result are to be temporarily suspended from Tuesday, 11 January. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.
Reduced Self-isolation Period for Positive Cases
The guidance has recently changed to potentially reduce the isolation period for positive cases. This includes all children over 5 years of age. Positive cases, can leave self-isolation before the end of the 10-day period if they:
- Take two LFD tests on subsequent days, at least a full 24 hours apart.The first of these tests can be taken on or after day 6 of isolation (day 0 is the day of onset of symptoms or day of test if no symptoms).
- Obtain negative results on both these days and do not have a high temperature.
Close Contact Daily LFD Testing
Adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts.
Information on the Vaccination Programme for 12 to 15 Year Olds
Young people aged 12 to 15 in England are now being offered a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a minimum of 12 weeks from the first dose, following advice from the JCVI. You can book vaccinations for your child, if aged 12 or over, through the NHS booking system: Link to the NHS Booking System. Vaccination for this group of children will also continue to be carried out by the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS). However, we have not yet received a date for when the Immunisation Team will be visiting Red House.
COVID-19 LFD Home Testing
A supply of LFD test kits will come home with pupils on Monday 10 January, for use over the next few weeks. A reminder that it is absolutely essential that all pupils in Years 7-11 continue to be tested at home twice a week and any positive results reported to school as a matter of urgency.
I hope you all have a restful weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School
This morning’s celebration assembly focused on the benefits of a ‘fresh start’ as we begin the New Year as well as the importance of resilience as we approach the new term. In PSHE lessons, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the children reflect upon their 2021 highlights as well as discussing their goals and aspirations for 2022. Mr Kitching also shared this wonderful ‘Happier January 2022’ calendar, which I thought you might find useful to try with the children at home: ‘Happier January 2022’ link. The Year 6 pupils fully embraced a breathing meditation in their lessons this week and were set a challenge to teach their peers something new – so they’ve already made a great start!
Year 7 Parent-Teacher Consultations via Teams: Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 January 2022
On Monday 10 January and Tuesday 11 January, Year 7 parents have the opportunity to speak to individual teaching staff, via Teams, to discuss their child’s academic work and progress. Please see the letter attached for further information and instructions on how to sign up.
Setting Work For Absent Pupils
Please can I remind you about our policy for the setting of work for pupils who are absent from school:
- Pupils who are isolating due to COVID-19 in Years 6-9 will be set work via Teams; in Years 10 & 11, they will be dialled in to lessons wherever possible. If your child has COVID-19 and is too ill to complete work, please inform Linda Ward, our school secretary, and she will inform staff.
- Pupils in Years 6-9 who are absent from school with a non-COVID related illness will not be set work on Teams or dialled into lessons. It is expected that they will use their time off school to rest and recuperate and that any missed work can be caught up when they return. If your child is in Years 10 or 11, work may be requested.
Your child’s ‘Reward and Conduct’ points (Merits and Demerits) are now shared via the Parent Portal. Therefore, Demerits will no longer be recorded in pupil planners. As mentioned at the end of last term, it was hugely heart-warming to see a total of almost 11,000 merits awarded in the Autumn Term and I can’t wait to see further success this term. Please find a summary of our Behaviour Policy in the following letter: Rewards and Sanctions
Year 6 Forest School
A reminder that this will take place every Thursday morning from 13 January to 17 February and pupils will need to wear their PE kit (and wrap up warm!) on these days: Year 6 Forest School
Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School
A very Happy New Year to you all and a very warm welcome back to school. We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas holiday. The staff have been busy in school since Tuesday preparing for the new term and it promises to be packed full of exciting and enjoyable times for the children.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome Mrs Victoria Smith to the Junior School, as Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator and Assistant Head. Mrs Smith will also be a Year 5 class teacher. We also welcome Miss Lisa Rogers, who will be teaching Year 2 whilst Mrs Cooper takes maternity leave. We wish you both a happy and successful time at our wonderful school.
February Half Term Sports Camp and Holiday Club
Sports Camp and Holiday club will take place during February half term from Monday 21 February to Friday 25 February. Booking forms will be available shortly.
Pupils in the Junior School are not required to wear a face covering. However, pupils in Year 4 and 5 should have a face mask for when they are on the minibus going swimming (Friday and Monday respectively). As well as this, these pupils will also require a mask when they are in lessons at the Senior School (Year 5 on Wednesdays and Year 4 on Fridays). Please could I ask that your child brings a face covering to wear on these days in classrooms and in the communal areas.
Senior School Letter
Senior School Rewards and Sanctions – Miss C Thompson