Important information on January Return - Thistley Hough Academy

Dear Parent / Carer


Staggered Return- Jan 2021


As you may have seen in the news, the Government announced late yesterday that all secondary school students will have a staggered return to school in the new calendar year.


The statement says “Students in exam year groups, vulnerable children and children of key workers will all attend school or college in person from the start of term.


This means that from Monday 4th January 2021, we expect all Year 11 students along with all children of key workers and all vulnerable students (those with an EHCP and/or social worker) to return to lessons as normal in the Academy, as advised by the Government.


We respectfully request that key workers please complete the registration form via this link electronically to let us know if we are to expect your child in school on Monday 4th January so that we can ensure that the appropriate provision can be in place for their return.


All other students in Years 7- 10 will engage in full-time remote education from Monday 4th January – Friday 8th January, returning to normal/face to face lessons in the Academy on Monday 11th January 2021. All remote learning will take place following the normal timetable through Microsoft Teams. For those students without access to the internet, a work-pack will be delivered to your child.  Due to the short notice of the announcement we will begin delivery of the work packs on 4th January 2021 or sooner where possible.


The Government has also confirmed that all secondary schools and colleges in England will have access to coronavirus testing from the first week of January. The tests will be free, regular and rapid, and will be undertaken, with your consent, on a voluntary basis. There is much planning to be done around this and I will write to you again in January with more detailed information.


I fully appreciate, and apologise for, the enormous inconvenience that this may cause families. Had I have known that this staggered return plan was to take place, I would have communicated this far sooner than the last day of term. I believe that one of the main reasons for this strategy is to try to halt the possible rise in infections after Christmas, so I think it is only right to be cautious.


Thank you once again for your support and understanding. I look forward to seeing all students in the New Year.


Yours sincerely


Jayne Schofield


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