COVID-19 update: Entrance test dates

Headmaster’s Letter 10th July

Posted on 10th July 2020

Dear Parent,

Return to School in September

Although this is a relatively short letter, there is a lot of detail in the attachment, which I strongly encourage you to read.

The main document concerns our current plans for a full return to School in September. It takes you through the Government guidelines and explains how we intend to meet Government expectations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmissions.

Within the paper you will also find links to:

Before you respond, I would be grateful if you would appraise as much as possible carefully before making comments as some ideas, e.g. installing temperature checks are not required by the Government. We also need to gauge use of the Dining Room as we will need to run a swift service.

Please can you complete the survey by noon on Monday. This means that comments can be relayed to Governors for a meeting on Monday evening as they can advise reasonable changes. The survey is open to current parents of students in Years 7-12 and parents of students joining us in Year 7 this September.

I will try to answer as many questions as possible in a general paper that will accompany next week’s letter. Any questions will be anonymous when responses are published.

I will continue to write to you every Friday through the holiday to outline any further changes. I hope though that we will be able to release final details about September’s re-opening by next Friday, the final day (for students) of this unprecedented school year.

Caistor Focus

Our Senior Prefect Team have put together an impressive Caistor Focus. You can see it on the website or by following this link. [link] It records the School’s ‘lockdown’, students’ views and some of the things students have got up to in their time away from CGS. The Senior Prefect Team are: Rory Longcake (Head Boy), Nisha Prabhakar (Head Girl), Toby Barnett, Pawel Grab, Aidan Parker and Elana Salameh.

Student safety

As children return to school in September, you may have specific concerns about their safety and wellbeing. You may find the Home Office’s new children and young people safeguarding resources helpful, which includes posters you can download and guidance to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm.

The Home Office safeguarding resources can be found here: [link]

The advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm can be found here: [link]

Family welfare

School offices will be closed during the summer holiday period. If families are facing hardship, they can access the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant. Further government support is available for families struggling as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). If families need urgent help, they can contact their local council to find out what services are available in their area.

 

Best wishes for the weekend.

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster