Headteacher's End of Summer Term Newsletter 14/07/21

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we approach the end of this challenging academic year and look back on what we have accomplished together, as a community, we are left knowing that we have met this challenge with determination, support and optimism. We will continue to see this challenge out and come through it implementing the many positives learnt from the whole experience.

As the summer holidays begin we have the opportunity to recharge our batteries and hope that September presents us with a different landscape allowing us to return to things as they ‘used to be’.  The announcement made by the Prime Minister earlier in the week suggests from the 19th July 2021, Stage 4 of the Roadmap will have been achieved and measures put in place over the last year are to be removed in the majority of cases.  The accompanying Guidance for Schools will mean the relaxation of bubbles, the removal of facial coverings in and around school and a number of other measures that were put in place to ensure the safe education of every child.

Under that same guidance, there will be one Covid-19 measure that will be kept in place for September.  All secondary schools have been instructed by the Government to carry out two Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests for all consenting students on their return to school.  For consenting students in Years 7, 11 and 13, this will take place on Tuesday 31st August 2021.  For consenting students in Years 8, 9, 10, this will take place on Wednesday 1st September 2021.  Consenting Year 12 students will be tested, after their induction on Wednesday 1st September 2021.  Precise details, including request for consent, appointment times and other information will be communicated to you via our EdulinkOne app.   

This ‘testing day’ will not be a normal school day but a day in which your child arrives at the Sports Barn of Gateacre School, to be tested.  Consenting students should attend in casual clothes and will be instructed as to how to perform the LFD test by trained Gateacre School staff.  On this occasion it will involve a nasal swap only.

Once the test has been completed your child is then free to return home.  School will not be open for normal lessons. 

The outcome of the LFD test will be communicated to you.  If that LFD test returns as negative then your child should attend Gateacre School on Thursday 2nd September 2021 at specific times indicated in the table belowAll students must attend in full Gateacre School uniform as per our uniform booklet located on our website www.gateacre.org.  Please be aware that from September we will be moving to the purple and black Gateacre tie.  Should you wish to purchase a new tie could you ensure that it is the purple and black version from our recommended supplier: Kitted Out on Allerton Road. It will not be necessary to bring in a school PE kit on Thursday.  If, however, the LFD test returns as positive then NHS Test & Trace will notify you as to your next course of action.

 

Year Group

Thursday 2nd September 2021

Start Time

7

08:40

8

09:30

9

10:00

10

10:30

11

11:00

12

12:00

13

11:30

 

Updates and reminders regarding the start of term and further changes to the Government guidance surrounding Covid-19 will be shared with you via our EduLink One app, school website and social media outlets.

If you have not yet accessed the EduLink One app please contact school via email admin@gateacre.org  or call 0151 363 1111.

One final reminder the summer term will finish for all students at 12:35pm on Friday 16th July 2021.

Finally, I take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing, peaceful and safe summer holiday.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Gareth Jones

Headteacher