Headteacher's update 57
Published on 19/03/21
Good afternoon everyone,
I hope that you and your families are well, and that your child has enjoyed the first full week back at school with their teachers and alongside their friends. We have certainly enjoyed seeing everyone and getting back into our usual routines.
We have been so impressed with our students who have responded very well to the many measures we have needed to put in place to make school as safe as we can – most recently the requirement to wear face coverings in classrooms and to take tests in school. We are determined that the improving national picture in terms of reducing cases and the vaccine roll-out will not lead us to be complacent. To continue to support us to keep your child safe, please:
- Ensure they bring a face covering and, if possible, a small bottle of sanitiser to school each day along with their planner and pencil case. Here is our most up-to-date guidance on face coverings: https://www.westfield-chorustrust.org/facecoverings
- Do not send your child to school if they have any COVID-related symptoms – a new cough, loss of taste/smell, a high temperature. Get them tested to ensure they are not carrying the virus. Our guide on ‘what to do if…’ can be found here: https://www.westfield-chorustrust.org/attachments/download.asp?file=308&type=pdf
- Support your child to take twice weekly home-tests using the home testing kits that have been distributed to students in form time. All students in years 8 to 10 now have kits, and students in Year 7 will receive theirs on Monday. More information on home testing can be found here: https://www.westfield-chorustrust.org/covidhometesting
Home Testing for Families
You can now order kits to test everyone else in your household because you have a child at school. For more information on how to do this, visit: https://www.westfield-chorustrust.org/covidhometesting
Year 11 Parents’ Evening
Thank you to our Year 11 students and their parents/carers who attended yesterday’s parents’ evening. From speaking to colleagues, I know that many positive conversations took place regarding the exceptional attitude to learning that so many of our Year 11 students are demonstrating, as they continue to be taught and assessed to provide evidence for teachers to award Teacher Assessed Grades in June. I hope that parents/carers of our Year 11 students found the evening informative and reassuring in helping them to understand what their child’s final eight weeks at Westfield will entail.
Teachers have begun entering Attitudes to Learning grades for students in all year groups following their return to the classroom. These grades will provide a useful snapshot of the Attitudes to Learning that students have shown recently, and will give an opportunity for those students who struggled with remote learning to earn some fantastic ATL grades.
With many thanks for your continued excellent support of your child and our school.
Head of Westfield School