School closure newsletter #6

Welcome to our latest ‘school closure newsletter’. Since the last edition at the start of June, we seem to have gone from high summer through to autumn and spring and, looking out of the window as I type this afternoon, back to autumn. Despite the British weather, I hope that you and all of your family remain in good health.

Re-opening of School for Year 10 and Year 12

It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome both our Year 12 and Year 10 students back onto the school sites in recent weeks. Both returns have run extremely smoothly. Virtually every sixth form student has returned to morning classes on the Whitby Sixth Form site, and well over 80% of our Year 10 are now attending the Normanby site one morning a week for English, maths and science tutorials alongside help with some of their optional subjects. Both year groups will undoubtedly be better prepared for the important academic year that lies ahead of them because of the face-to-face contact we’ve been able to put in place this summer.

KS3 Review Days

As parents of children in Years 7, 8 and 9 are already aware, we are organising interviews for individual students and a parent on the Normanby site later this week as part of our continuing preparations for September. It’ll be a chance for us to catch up about any welfare issues; to offer further advice about online learning; and to answer any questions about the return to school in September. It’s nearly 4 months since most of our younger students have been on the Normanby site and we’re really looking forward to welcoming back lots of familiar faces.

Remote learning

As we approach the end of the school year, I’d once again like to thank you for all of your support, particularly over these last few months when the school has been closed. We appreciate that you’ve had to take on some of the burden of organising home-schooling in addition to your normal family and work commitments. We’ve worked hard to make the remote learning to be as accessible as possible for students, and have really welcomed your feedback about what’s been working well and about how we could make further improvements. Students in Years 7 to 10 will continue to receive work in core subjects each week, and in other subjects either fortnightly (Years 9 and 10) or on a rotational basis (Year 7 and 8) until the end of term. In planning for the new academic year, we will have contingency plans in case another lockdown comes into force. We’ve learnt a lot about remote learning in the last few months and would once again welcome any comments you might have about how it has been organised. Please follow this link https://forms.gle/jRv1SaL5Chxcjb3C9 to contribute your views.

September restart

As I’m sure you’ll be aware, the government has signalled its expectation that all students should be back in full-time on-site education from the start of term in September. It issued guidance to schools late last week as to how they should go about organising this return in the autumn. Follow this link to read the guidance in full:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-f or-full-opening-schools

The document is quite lengthy, with a range of compulsory and advisory measures that we are deliberately taking some time to fully understand and interpret. We’re awaiting additional advice and guidance from the local authority in the coming days about issues such as school transport and catering arrangements, and will risk assess our plans taking into account both the local and national guidance. We will share these plans, along with key dates for the coming term, in our next newsletter.

Based on the evidence of seeing Year 10 students return in recent days, one thing that is bound to have happened over the last 15 weeks is that your children will have grown! In common with schools around the country, we will be expecting full school uniform to be worn from the start of term in September. As ever, we appreciate your help in ensuring that your son/daughter’s uniform complies with our expectations, in particular:

  • black trousers or knee length skirt (for girls - in order to ensure the correct length, you may need to look in the ladies section rather than by age eg size 8 rather than size 15-16); white shirt/blouse; CCW blazer, tie
  • trousers should be tailored with a zip fastening and not jersey, legging or jeans style. Please be mindful of this when buying from the school sections of various outlets, as not all the trousers available fit our criteria. Again options in the ladies sections of Next, Sainsburys or other outlets may be more suitable, as they have a wide range of styles available compared to school sections.
  • black leather footwear, preferably shoes, with no visible labels and a black sole. Suede or canvas shoes are not permitted.
  • no facial piercings of any description
  • only one set of small stud earrings
  • natural hair colour.

Please note that our local uniform provider has changed. You should now contact the Laughing Whale Print and Embroidery company for any particular CCW uniform requirements. They are located on Mayfield Road and can be contacted on 01947 600823 or via their website: https://www.laughingwhaleschools.co.uk/

Staffing news

It’s a pleasure to be able to share the news that Mrs Harrison and her husband are expecting their first baby in early September. Despite being deep into her pregnancy, Mrs Harrison is still working flat out supporting students in Year 7 and 8 with their remote learning and welfare issues, as well as organising online transition activities for Year 6. She’s even helping us plan for the September restart, so much so that I did joke with her last week that she may be the first teacher in history to return from their maternity leave… before the baby is born! We wish her and her husband well in the coming weeks. During her absence from school, we have temporarily appointed three colleagues to take responsibility for Years 7, 8 and 9:

  • current Year 6/new Year 7            Ms Fleetwood
  • current Year 7/new Year 8            Ms Charters
  • current Year 8/new Year 9            Ms Ruberry

All three of them will be supported by a team of tutors; Mrs Wood and Mr Taylor, our KS3 and KS4 Pastoral Managers; and by senior staff at Caedmon, particularly Mr Graham.

And finally…

In the recent newsletters we’ve featured some of the art work and ‘catering creations’ produced by students in Years 7 to 10. It’s a real pleasure to be able to share just a small selection of the final portfolios produced by our A-level Fine Art and A-level Graphic Art students this summer. One of my personal highlights at this time of year is attending the end of course exhibition at which both our GCSE and A-level students showcase their work and explain the creative journey they’ve undertaken in producing their final pieces. I’m sure that you’ll agree that both the quality and diversity of our students’ work is once again fantastic this year.

A level Art

To find out more about each student’s individual work and inspirations, visit their online exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery: http://www.pannettartgallery.org/caedmon-college-whitby-a-level-art-exhibition/ or for even more artwork visit our own online exhibition https://www.ccwhitby.org/sixth-form/news/virtual-exhibition-2/a-level-art-and-graphics-exhibition. This replaces the physical exhibition that, unfortunately, had to be cancelled this summer.

Thank you for all of your continuing support.

Yours faithfully

Simon Riley
Principal

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