Statement re. COVID-19 – 3/7/20

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, it has been heartening to see some of our students return to school, and I hope from your perspective as parents and carers that it has been welcomed and gone well. Virtual learning continues for the vast majority of our students; however, this is starting to take shape in various different forms to ensure that our student’s learning continues to be varied, rich and exciting. I hope our students are finding this engaging and beneficial.

Following the Governments latest guidance issued on Thursday 2 July, it has been confirmed that all children will return to school in September. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our students back in due course. This is, naturally, going to take an immense amount of planning and coordination, and I thank you for being patient for the release of further information from your school on this matter. In the meantime, you can access the full Government guidance below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance- for-full-opening-schools

In accordance with Government guidelines, the Wessex Learning Trust schools are unfortunately unable to offer summer provision to our students. I am acutely aware that this may cause concern for some, however I wish to assure you that the Wessex Learning Trust are continuing to work collaboratively with our Executive Headteachers, Headteachers and Heads of Schools to ensure that meticulous plans are in place to ensure that our students are fully supported in September.

As we continue to plan for September, the Trust have made a collective decision that our students, where necessary, will be expected to wear school uniform upon their return to school.

I would like to personally recognise that this has been a particularly difficult period for our students, parents and carers who have not had the opportunity for face to face contact in their schools before the end of term, and indeed this academic year due to restrictions within specific school settings. I am extremely conscious of the additional support which must be implemented for these students in September and continue to work across the Trust to ensure that their needs are met.

As we continue to look forward to September, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome David Wiltshire into the Wessex Learning Trust Family. Mr Wiltshire is taking post as Head of Kings. This appointment has been made to allow me to focus on the growth of Trust, along with ensuring the quality of provision across our schools. We are in a unique situation with our Trust, as all schools in Cheddar Valley are now part of our family. The appointment of Mr Wiltshire enables me to look at quality of education here from 2-19 years of age. Mr Wiltshire will be solely ‘hands on’ for Kings, and I will be here to support and guide as necessary. We have been fortunate that Mr Wiltshire’s current school, Norton Hill have allowed him to work at Kings for 2 days a week throughout lockdown, which has been a great introduction. We look forward to his official start in September.

I wish to thank you again for your work with us and understanding of our decisions during these unprecedented times.

Yours sincerely,

Gavin Ball

Chief Executive