End of Term Update

As we reach the end of another extraordinary term I am writing with a number of key updates.

Firstly, I would like to recognise the endeavours of our school community throughout this term and particularly in the last three weeks as we have all returned to the school site and re-established routines and expectations. Your continued support in ensuring that students arrive at school on time and ready to learn is greatly appreciated.

COVID-19 Testing

The roll out of mass testing across our school community went incredibly smoothly and supported a safe return for all. Approximately 85% of students participated in testing and have now commenced home-testing.

It is essential that students continue to test twice per week (Monday and Thursday) each week, including during the school holiday period.
All adults living in a household where a child attends school can also access home testing kits:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils- and-staff

All test results must be uploaded to the NHS website (https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result ) as well as to school via the link sent on parentmail. If you require any support with home testing please do not hesitate to contact school.

The following video is also a helpful guide on conducting testing at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCqo7MhQT6U

Face Masks

The whole school community has continued to wear face masks around school and additionally in lessons where social distancing cannot be maintained. The Government are due to review this measure over Easter and we will update you if there are any changes to the wearing of face masks in school for the summer term. Thank you to all members of our school community for wearing masks and continuing to show respect for others in our school community by keeping everyone safe.

Changes to the school day

At the start of the year it was necessary to put significant adjustments to our school day in place to support the safe return of our school community. As local infection rates have fallen significantly since January, and in line with practices in other local schools, we are now in a position to make some changes to the school day for the summer term. We will retain all of the key control measures that we have in place which include:

  • One-way system around the building
  • Allocated toilets/ areas of the yard for each year group
  • Allocated area for each year group in the Dining Hall
  • Maintaining regular hand washing and sanitising
  • Wearing Face masks where required
  • Maintaining social distancing wherever possible
  • Maintaining good ventilation in all rooms across the school
  • Use of different entrances/ exits for different year groups

For the first part of the school year students have remained in one classroom for the majority of their lessons and teachers have moved to them, for the summer term teachers will return to their specialist teaching areas and students will now move to their teachers. This will provide students with further opportunities in a range of subject areas.

We have taken the decision to reduce the usual 6 period day to 3 periods so that we can minimise student movement.

Uniform and standards

Thank you to all families who have supported us in ensuring that students have returned to school in the correct uniform and with the equipment that they need each day to be successful in their lessons.
Whilst most shops remain closed, the Wirral Uniform Shop is still able to take orders on line and deliver uniform items. We would ask that all families check our uniform expectations on our website and ensure that students are in full correct uniform for the return to school in April. Alternative skirts are not an acceptable item of uniform and all skirts must be knee length. http://development.prentonhighschool.co.uk/uniform

Jewellery is not allowed to be worn in school, with the exception of one small pair of stud earrings worn in the lobe of each ear and a watch. When we return in April we will resume the confiscation of jewellery if it is seen. I would also ask that you reinforce our mobile phone policy with your child. All mobile phones should be switched off and placed away when students arrive at school, again if mobile phones are seen when we return in April we will confiscate these. Whilst they will be returned to students at the end of the day on the first occasion that this happens, phones that are confiscated for a second or third time will only be returned when a parent/ carer comes to collect them.

This week has marked the one year point in the ongoing pandemic and has provided an opportunity for all of us to pause and reflect upon the last year and the many ways in which it has impacted us both at a community and individual level. Our school community has faced many significant challenges during the last year, but I am immensely proud of how everyone has endeavoured to adapt and navigate our way through these challenges and I very much look forward to the summer term as we are able to gradually safely resume more of the opportunities that our school has to offer.

I hope that your family continue to stay safe and well and that you have a good spring break. We look forward to seeing our students on 12th April.

Mrs Ayling, Headteacher