Back to School: An Update

A Message from Headteacher, Mrs Ayling.

“At the end of our first full week back in school I would like to start by saying how proud we are of the way our students have returned, and in particular the way in which our Year 7 students have settled and started to become a part of our Prenton Community. After such a long period of empty classrooms it has been wonderful to see students settling into their learning and endeavouring to do their very best from day one.

Students have adapted well to the measures that we have in place to keep our school community safe and these are quickly becoming part of our day to day routines. I would like to thank you again for supporting our staggered start and finish times as this is a central part of our risk management. Please ensure that your child arrives at their allocated time to support us in reducing the number of students waiting outside of the school.

In light of the updated national guidance that takes effect from Monday, and the changing local context here on the Wirral, we have further reviewed some of our systems and from Monday all students and staff will be required to wear face coverings when moving around the inside of the building.

Students will now be required to wear their face covering when they enter the building and may not remove it until they are sat in their classrooms. It is essential that students remove and apply face coverings in the recommended way; they must sanitise their hands before removing the face covering and when it is removed it must be stored safely in a sealed plastic bag.

Whilst we would still ask, wherever possible, for students to bring a packed lunch to school there continues to be a limited ‘grab and go’ service at lunchtime. Each year group has been allocated a time slot during their lunch break and this is the only time that students are permitted to enter the Dining Hall. Please ensure that if your child is using this service that they adhere to these timings. Unfortunately, due to timing restrictions, from Monday we are unable to offer a break service at present and would advise that students bring a snack with them for break time if they wish. We will update you with future plans for this provision. Toilets have been allocated to each year group and the number of students using toilets is managed by a member of staff. Where year groups share toilets each year group has a separate bank of toilets and sinks.

It is important to understand that the Department for Education guidance states that students within the same year group bubble are not required to socially distance from one another. However, it is essential that staff maintain social distancing from students and from one another. At break and lunch times, students are required to go straight to their allocated space on the yard to maintain the separate year group bubbles.

We outlined in our earlier correspondence that in the event of a student presenting with the symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste/ smell) they will be isolated away from other students and a parent/ carer contacted to collect the student as soon as possible. When contacting parents/ carers we will now also offer to check your child’s temperature before you collect them.

You may be aware that some local schools have had to partially close to individual year groups this week. We are working hard to avoid this and it is therefore crucial that all members of our community take responsibility for keeping themselves and other safe. Please reinforce with your child the importance of good hand hygiene, following our one-way system and all other procedures and wearing a face covering when moving around inside the building. 

Thank you for your continued support.”