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Return to School / Testing / KS4 Parents’ Evening

Friday 12th March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted we have been able to welcome all year groups back to school this week. We are all extremely proud of the maturity and bravery shown by all pupils when undertaking testing and we cannot thank or praise them enough. I am pleased to say that all staff and pupil Covid-19 tests have been negative this week. If you gave consent for your child to test at school, you should have received formal notification of this.

I wanted to write to you today, to provide some information on a few key topics.

 

1 Year On:

On Tuesday 16th March we will see the 1-year anniversary of Woodlane closing during the first wave of the pandemic. Due to the vulnerabilities of our pupils, the rising numbers in London and the minimal scientific information available at the time we took the shared decision with our Governing Body to close the school and move to online learning. We could not have anticipated the year that followed, but one year on, we can start to look back over the things we have learnt and try to recover some of what we have lost. We remain hopeful that the worst is behind us, but must reiterate that the guidance remains Stay At Home at this time.

 

Home Testing:

As part of all pupil’s return to school, those with consent are completing 3 COVID-19 tests in school. We have successfully completed the first 2 of these. On Monday, Years 7, 8 and 9 will be tested for the last time in school. On Tuesday, Year 10 and Year 11 will also be tested for the last time in school.

From next week, we will send home-testing kits with every child. Please consider the process and the requirements carefully, as testing at home needs to be completed with care to keep our school community safe. The home-testing kits contain 3 tests. This includes everything you need to complete testing with your child next week (once) and twice the following week. Further kits will be sent home following this.

When you receive the kit, you will have 3 options to choose from:

  1. I will test my child at home using the home-testing kit provided.
  2. I want my child to be tested in school and will send the home-testing kit back to school.
  3. I do not give consent for my child to be tested and will send the home-testing kit back to school.

Your choice will not affect the education that your child can receive, however there are obvious benefits to regular testing. Home-testing is by far the most useful method, as it allows school to focus resources on education, whilst protecting all those who travel on Local Authority or London transport, and those that your child may come in to contact with on their way to school. Testing in school will remain available, but it is hoped that this will be significantly reduced by parents opting to home-test.

Parents do not need to send negative test results through to school, you will simply need to follow the processes outlined in the guidance to upload your results online. If your child tests positive, please call school immediately. Further information will be sent with the test kits next week.

 

KS4 Parents’ Evening

Parents evening for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils will take place on Wednesday 24th March. Due to the current restrictions we have opted to use a specialist service (School Cloud – Parents Evening) to enable us to conduct remote meetings. You can read more about the system here: https://www.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/

Parents of Year 10 and 11 pupils will receive a letter and email soon allowing you to select appointment slots for individual teachers. We will be providing a limited number of ‘school day’ slots for parents to book, to provide the flexibility for parents who are working from home, not currently working, or have after school commitments. Please choose the time slots that best suit your circumstances. You will receive a copy of your child’s Annual School Report in the post prior to Parent’s Evening.

KS3 pupils (Years 7, 8 and 9) will have a Parents’ Evening in the Summer Term. This will take place on Wednesday July 14th.

 

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing and speaking with you all very soon.

 

Best wishes,

Tim Heapy
Interim Headteacher