Headteacher’s Blog 12/02/2021

We have now reached the end of the half-term. School will close to all students at 2.30pm on Friday 12th February 2021.

During the half-term holiday, work will not be set, and students will not be required to complete any remote learning. It is important that students and staff have a proper break.

School will resume on Monday 22nd February 2021 at the normal time. All students that are learning from home will re-commence their remote learning, and those that are attending the look after provision will return to school.

After half term, arrangements for remote or in school learning remain as they are now until at least 8 March 2021.

Clarification about the 8 March 2021 arrangements will be provided by the Government the week commencing 22 February 2021. Schools and families will receive at least two weeks’ notice of changes to school arrangements to make preparations.  We do not yet know what the return to school will mean and it will be dependent on public health information at that time. School will be in contact as soon as we have further information about this.

Free school meal vouchers will not be issued to cover the holiday period. Vouchers will resume on the first week back. During the February half term break, support is available for food for any family that needs it through the local authority Winter Grant Schemes.
Details can be found on our website and at https://www.beckfoottrust.org/about-us/our-trust/support-for-families-/

If your child has been in school on Thursday 11 February 2021 or Friday 12 February 2021 and develops symptoms of Covid-19 on either Saturday 13 February 2021 or Sunday 14 February 2021 that result in a positive test, please notify school by emailing attendance@beckfootthornton.org

Please include the following information:
Name of child, their class//Year Group
Date your child last attended school
Symptoms and date/time they started
Date test taken
Preferred telephone contact details (in case school need to call you back)

We will then take appropriate action following the national advice issued to schools with contract trace.

For all other queries, please contact us via MyEd, or by emailing the office mailbox: office@beckfootthornton.org
We will respond when school re-opens.

During the week after half term, a group of our most talented Computing students, from Year 7 right up to Year 12, will be taking part in the Oxford University Computing Challenge.

This is an annual event which students are permitted to take part in by invitation only, usually by achieving in the top 10% nationally in the Bebras competition, which our students participated in last November.

If you’d like to pit your wits against some of the challenges which our students faced in November, go to challenge.bebras.uk and click on “Challenges”. They’re not easy!

After half term, the tasks in the OUCC will be even more demanding, testing their logic and their programming skills to the limit. It’s great to see our students pitting their wits against students from across the UK and beyond, and demonstrating that they can compete with the best.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support. Have a lovely break.
Best wishes

Mr Richardson

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