Letter from the Headteacher 19/05/2020

Dear Parents/Carers 

Last Sunday the Prime Minister announced that from the week commencing June 1st at the earliest, the Government is aiming to increase the numbers of children attending school and asked secondary schools to provide some ‘face-to-face’ contact with staff, for students in Year 10 only, before the end of the summer term. This is encouraging news, however, there is currently no further update as to when any other year groups will be able to return. This face-to-face provision for Year 10 students is, of course, dependent on the rate of infection for COVID-19, from now until then. 

There are many things which still need clarification and many practical questions which we do not yet have answers to, before schools can increase student numbers. The Barlow is working, together with the LA and the DFE, to resolve such matters. 

Be assured that before The Barlow reopens to any students, we will make sure that we are fully prepared and can meet the hygiene and social distancing requirements that the government scientists expect of us. 

As soon as we have more information regarding the governments expectations for us to provide face-to-face provision for Year 10 students we will be in touch. 

In the meantime, I would like to thank everyone – staff, parents and students, for the way in which we have all united, in responding to what is a very challenging situation and have ensured that students have continued to learn from home. The Barlow has remained open to vulnerable pupils and children of key workers throughout and even during the school holidays. This has taken a great deal of time, effort, energy and patience, on everyone’s part, but we should be proud of what is being achieved. 

We will, of course, be continuing to operate our learning from home programme, until all students return to school. It is vitally important that every student accesses this provision. 

I know how hard parents are working to support children to learn in this way and the difficult challenges you are facing, but I would urge you please to carry on encouraging them to access the full programme. I am delighted that most students are fully engaging with their on-line learning, but we want every student to benefit from this provision. 

As a school we will continue to work with you, to provide support and will do everything we can to make this as straightforward and positive for you and the children, as possible. 

For the time being therefore, the school remains closed for all students other than those who are classed as vulnerable or are the children of critical workers. If your child is in one of these categories, is able to attend but is currently not doing so, please contact us so that we can discuss how this can be arranged. 

Stay safe and well. 

Yours sincerely 

Mrs CP McCarron