The new school year

 

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Dear Parents and Carers,

I write to you at the end of a school year that has challenged us in many new and unusual ways.  I am pleased to share though that the school community has come together and persevered against the challenges.  We have experienced many successes in this time and many staff and students have shown tremendous determination and courage.  We must all remember though that many families have lost loved ones to the virus.  Our thoughts and best wishes are extended to all so affected, and we must remember that in such times our multual support is always of the most help.

 

The new school year

The present government guidance is that all students are expected to return to school in September.  At Barnhill, we are currently planning to maintain the highest levels of safety when all students and staff are present.  We are planning for year groups to occupy designated areas of the school to minimise movement and are looking to make use of double lessons to further reduce the need for staff and students to cross over. Full details of the return to school plans will be finalised in August and these will be communicated to you at that time.

 

Please see the start times for all year groups in September:

Year group (new from 2020)

Start date

Start time

Finish time

Student entrance

New year 7

Friday the 4th September

08:15

14:50

Owen Road gate

New year 13

Friday the 4th September

13:15

14:50

Main entrance

Year 7 and 13 will the attend as normal from the 7th September from 08:20 until 14:50.

 

Year group (new from 2020)

Start date

Start time

Finish time

Student entrance

New year 11

Monday the 7th September

09:30

12:00

Main entrance

New year 10

Monday the 7th September

10:30

13:00

Main entrance

New year 8

Monday the 7th September

11:30

14:00

Owen Road gate

New year 9

Monday the 7th September

12:00

14:30

Main entrance

New year 12

Monday the 7th September

13:30

14:50

Main entrance

 

Free school meals during the summer

It has been announced that, following a national campaign, the government will continue to support families with free school meals payments during the summer.  However, new applications (for families not already receiving free means) will close very soon.  If you believe your child is entitled to school meals – and is not already receiving them – please consult our website as a matter of urgency.  I have heard of the many difficulties that families have experienced with the national scheme, so please do check as soon as you can.

 

GCSE and A Level results days

Sixth Form student can collect their results from 09:00 on Thursday the 13th August and GCSE students from 09:00 on Thursday the 20th August.  There will be a great deal of support available for Sixth form students regarding university applications and for GCSE students regarding Sixth Form applications.  Further details will be sent to all students.  I wish all students the best of luck.

 

2020 – A year of challenges

While 2020 has been a year of significant challenges, my mind is drawn to the many successes that we have achieved – many of them in the face of adversity.

The school’s successes have been made possible by the hard work of students and staff, and with the support of all families.  We will manage these difficult times and go on to achieve further successes next year and I very much look forward to working with you.  Have a very happy summer.

Yours faithfully

Mr J Jones

Head of Barnhill Community High School