End of term letter from the head

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21st July 2021

Dear parents and carers,

I write to you at the end of a year that has been full of the challenges brought working and learning during Covid.  Once again, the students and staff have risen tremendously well to these challenges and we have got the most from a year through hard work and determination. 

I hope that all families will be able to spend time together and both rest and enjoy the summer.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming all students back next year – let us hope it will be more normal than this year.

 

New year arrangements

Please see the start times for all year groups in September:

Year group (new from 2020)

Start date

Start time

Finish time

Student entrance

New year 7

Friday the 3rd September

08:15

14:50

Owen Road gate

New year 13

Friday the 3rd September

13:15

14:50

Main entrance

After this, year 7 and 13 will the attend as normal from the 6th September from 08:20 until 14:50.

 

Year group (new from 2020)

Start date

Start time

Finish time

Student entrance

New year 11

Monday the 6th September

09:30

12:00

Main entrance

New year 10

Monday the 6th September

10:30

13:00

Owen Road gate

New year 8

Monday the 6th September

11:30

14:00

Main entrance

New year 9

Monday the 6th September

12:00

14:30

Main entrance

New year 12

Monday the 6th September

13:45

14:50

Main entrance

* Year 12 will come for an induction assembly at 13:45 on Monday the 6th then begin fully on Tuesday the 7th.

 

School Gates

Students will continue to use different gates to enter and leave the school site.  You can see the gate that your child will use on the table above.

 

Examinations results days

Students collecting examinations results can do so on the following dates.

Year 13 – Tuesday the 10th August

Year 11 – Thursday the 12th August

Letters from respective heads of year will explain the plans for these days in full.

 

Covid Testing

Students will be required to take two tests on site at the start of term.  Only those students whose parents have given consent will be tested. If you have given consent already, you do not need to do so again, but if you have not then please use this form.  On the first test day students should arrive at the Owen Road gate.

Year groups

Date

Times

Year 7

Wednesday 1st

08.30am

Year 8

Thursday the 2nd

08.30am

Year 9

Thursday the 2nd

11.00am

Year 10

Thursday the 2nd

2.00pm

Year 11

Wednesday 1st

11.00am

Year 12

Wednesday 1st

08.30am

Year 13

Wednesday 1st

2.00pm

 

Health and safety

The latest guidance that we have from the government is that the following measure will be in place in September.  Thankfully we are not being required to keep to the same strict conditions that we have had this year.

  • Students will not be required to wear masks in the school at any time, however, if any child wishes to wear a mask they may do so.  Students will not longer be required to sanitise all surfaces, but they will be allowed to do so if they wish.
  • Students who come in to close contact with a confirmed case of Covid will have to take a PCR test.  If this returns as negative they will be able to return to school straight away.  This means that students will not have to isolate for ten days unless they are Covid positive.
  • The parents of students with medical conditions will be contacted by a member of the student development team at the start of September to discuss their needs.

 

Summer school for years 7, 8 and 10

Years 7 and 8 will enjoy active learning and year 10 will have a mixture of this and mathematics masterclasses.  The session run from 09:00 until 15:00 each day from the 26th until the 30th July.  There are still some places available, so if you wish your child to attend, please email Miss Raheman craheman@barnhill.school

 

Long serving staff

It is my sad duty to inform parents that five long serving staff will be leaving the school at the end of this year.  After many years of excellent service and having taught many students – some of whom are now parents of students themselves at the school – Mr John Forde is retiring.  Mr Forde has been a superb member of the Barnhill staff over the last 20 years and he will be dearly missed.  Mrs Henrietta Jose is also retiring at the end of this year after 20 years’ service.  Mrs Jose has been a superb support to students in the special needs department and we wish her all the very best with her retirement. 

Mrs Gemma Leonard who has been working for the Trust since Christmas is relocating with her family to Bristol.  Mrs Leonard has been a leading light in the development of the school and has trained many of our existing and former teachers.  Mrs Wheeler has worked for 15 years at the school and has made a lasting impression on all whom she taught.  Mrs Sarah Wheeler who has been on maternity leave this year is taking a break from teaching to support her family.  Mr Steve Mann is relocating to the north of England with his family.  Mr Mann is known as the head of year 7, but has held many successful roles in the school during his excellent years of service.  The school celebrated their commitment at a special event this week and gave them a good farewell.

 

I wish you all a restful and enjoyable summer.  Please do let us know at the school if we can help in any way.

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr J Jones

Headteacher