National Restrictions: Continuing to Educate our Students

Following the government announcement, you will be aware that we once again find ourselves entering a period of national restrictions in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The systems that we had put in place for the start of this term will now continue to be in place until at least February half term. We appreciate that this is a challenging situation for our students and for families, but it is essential that we work collectively to reduce the spread of the virus and keep our community and all of our families safe.

The provision that we have developed for this period of remote learning is significantly different from the first lockdown that we experienced last year. Once our staggered start to live lessons has been completed this week, all students will have a brief registration from 9:00 – 9:15 with their Form Tutor every day on Microsoft Teams before following their usual timetable of live lessons delivered through Microsoft Teams.

Teachers will be delivering learning in line with what would be delivered if students were in school and will monitor student progress through their regular contact with their classes. It is essential that students maintain a good learning routine and that they are up and ready to start their school day online at 9:00 every morning. They will have a break and lunchtime at their usual times and should make sure that they use this time to have a break and eat lunch at home. Your support with helping to establish a daily routine and suitable workspace at home is vital in ensuring your child engages fully and makes the most of this period of remote learning.  Attendance at Form Time and lessons is compulsory and will be monitored; all non-attendance will be followed up.

Progress Evenings
The Progress Evenings that are scheduled to take place remotely on Thursday 14 January (Years 7-10) and Thursday 21 January (Year 11) will still proceed. Details of appointments and codes to access your appointment(s) will be sent shortly via ParentMail. For Year 7-10 students these meetings will be with Form Tutors, and for Year 11 students appointments will be with subject teachers.

If you have any concerns about your child or require support in accessing on line learning, please contact the school office or your child’s Progress Leader in the usual way. Please be aware that in line with national guidance there will be a reduced staff on site each day, but we will respond to your queries as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time. We are confident that the provision we have in place will provide continuity of learning for students during this period of school closure.

Our social media platforms (Twitter @prentonhigh, Instagram @prentonhighschoolforgirls, Facebook @PrentonHighSchool and our website have regular updates and are a useful way of staying in touch.

We are incredibly proud of the way that all of our students have responded and adapted throughout the pandemic and our school values of trust, respect, integrity, kindness and endeavour which underpin the strength of our school community have never been more evident.

We hope that you and your family remain safe and well.