Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year Everybody!

Whilst we are all a little sad that we cannot now welcome all our children into school following the government announcement of our national lockdown, we are pleased that we have be offering an adapted curriculum virtually.

Our critical worker children in school will access the same curriculum and will have the opportunity to experience different teachers and teaching assistants and mix within a smaller group bubble.

If you are a critical worker and you will not be able to attend your workplace if your child does not attend school, we are here to support you. But if you are entitled to a place but do not really need it, I am asking you to please consider the safety and well-being of every member of our school communities and to keep your child at home. With larger number of children in school, the greater the risk of the virus closing a bubble. We have staff keeping the school open, including virtual learning, and parents who are giving vital support to your community such as nurses, care workers and pharmacists. If they can't go to work, the support systems will fail quickly, with a significant impact for all of us. Please consider carefully if it is vital that you need to send your child in. Even sending children in part time will help - we will keep your child's place. 

A huge thank you for your patience this week while we have planned and communicated this. I know there have been many emails, starting with one at 8.10pm on Monday evening when our government closed schools. I know many schools felt overwhelmed following the announcement but at St Giles I am privileged to have a wonderful team of staff and we simply set to at revising and replanning our educational offer and safety arrangements for the sake of our children.

We look forward to our first full week offering our revised curriculum next week and would welcome any feedback.

Stay safe and well everybody.