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Headteacher's Update - 12 June 2020

19-06-2020

Coronavirus - 12 June 2020

Dear Grey Court Community

Given the recent coverage of the 'Black Lives Matter Movement' our teachers have been working on material that explores the concepts contained within this very important issue.  Grey Court has always been a champion of difference and individuality and deplores any derogatory action towards others that is prejudiced on race, religion, background or any point of difference.  Education is the only way to combat ignorance, promote tolerance and alleviate misconceptions.  All students have received (or will receive next week) either through tutor groups or actual History lessons, content that examines in detail issues connected with civil rights and the contemporary connection with the current movement.

On Tuesday I hosted a virtual meeting with all of the teachers who are due to be delivering sessions to our Y10 students.  The teachers are delighted to be resuming some contact with the students and are very much looking forward to being back (albeit in a vastly reduced capacity).  It has taken much planning but as a result, both the trustees and local governors have approved the mandatory risk assessment which has been added to the policies section of our website.  Although school will be much changed for the Y12s and Y10s with temperature checkers, cordoned off areas, and bubble specific entry points, recreation areas, and a very much changed learning environment, the students should come in reassured that they will be welcomed with the same warmth and care that they would expect from Grey Court.

Today would have been the final exam for the vast majority of our Y11s.  To acknowledge this occasion and to coincide with the end of the Bridging School, our ever-creative KS4 team has put together an ingenious virtual 'Record of Achievement' that will be shared with all Y11 students and parents at 3pm today. In addition, there will be a link to the Y11 yearbook that contains many words of encouragement and positivity for our students. Hopefully, there will be some tears of joy shed around Richmond and Kingston this afternoon. A special thanks to Ms Howell and Ms Farrugia for helping to put this together. Please see the photo message from staff to the Y11s. 

Despite the online work being well received and students showing high levels of engagement we are never complacent and are always looking for ways of improving the daily provision.  KS3 students have completed a survey that should lead to greater standardisation of remote learning.  The Teaching and Learning team are busy analysing the results and we will be able to communicate any changes by the end of next week.  We are very pleased with the progress of 'Engagement Focus Month'; last week there were 1359 certificates sent to recognise and acknowledge the hard work and progress being made by our students.  The next complement of certificates should be sent this afternoon.  I would like to thank the teachers for the way they have embraced this programme and, hopefully, the engagement of our students should be suitably maintained.

Due to the enforced shutdown, our highly valued enrichment and extra-curricular programmes have been curtailed and the wider provision has sadly been unavailable.  As we move towards our annual Activities Week, we are preparing for an exciting array of different activities, projects and events that should provide an alternative experience for the students during the penultimate week of term.  The plans are still in their infancy but we will be holding a virtual sports day and a host of inter-house competitions along with a series of celebration assemblies.  More information will follow in the coming weeks.

Finally, we are pleased to present our weekly e-Bulletin that contains lots of fun and uplifting insights into the work of our extended community.  With more reasons to be cheerful, some students returning, a weekend of sunshine and most importantly the much-anticipated return of football on the television, I hope you can all be optimistic for the future and enjoy a great weekend. 

Yours faithfully

 

Chris Rhodes
Headteacher 

 

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