Parent Update 15th January 2021
I hope you and your families are healthy and well. I will keep my communication short this week as there is not a great deal to update you on. There have been no significant updates or announcements since my communication last week. Cases remain extremely high in Flintshire and Wrexham and the current Level 4 National Lockdown arrangements remain in place. Welsh Government will review the data and make a decision as to when schools can re-open by January 29.
Arrangements will remain in place for students to continue their learning from home. Staff will continue to deliver lessons, following students’ usual timetable. We will contact parents where pupils are not taking part or completing work but please encourage your children to complete the work set. If you have concerns or queries then please email your child’s Progress Leader or the subject teacher if it is one subject. Thank you for the positive comments we have received from some parents this week. This is a challenging time for staff as well as our pupils and they really appreciate these messages.
Children of Key Workers and Vulnerable
We will continue to provide places for these children. If you require a place then you must contact school by 3pm on Thursday of the week preceding. Please only apply for a place if absolutely essential. In order to reduce cases, it is vital that we reduce the number of contacts by keeping as many people at home as possible.
Year 11 GCSE Assessments
Following the Minister’s announcement, WJEC and Qualifications Wales have cancelled the assessments that were scheduled for after half term. They have not informed us yet what students will be required to do. I have contacted Year 11 students separately via their Office 365 email with further information. My advice to them is not to worry but to complete all work set to the best of their ability as it may be needed to provide evidence should we move to Centre Assessed Grades like last year.
Year 11 Parents Evening
We were due to hold a parents evening for pupils in Year 11 next week. This is now postponed until March 16. Given our current working restrictions I think it would be difficult to hold meaningful communications between staff and parents but also it would be helpful to hold the meetings when we know what students will be required to do for their GCSEs. In the meantime, please email Mrs Bellis or subject teachers if you wish to discuss the progress of your child.
As we receive more information I shall pass it on and update you. Please follow us on Twitter and check the school website regularly for information and links to useful resources.
I hope you and your families stay safe.
Mr P Smith