It is very clear that our students and families are coping with the current situation in their own ways. One common theme is that students are pleased to be in school, focusing on their education, as well as enjoying the opportunity to see their friends at break and lunch times. This is reflected in the fact that our school attendance continues to be significantly above the national averages that are now regularly reported in the national press. We really do thank you for your support with this as it ensures a normal routine and underlines the importance of education to your children
I would like to thank all parents and carers for your ongoing support of the school. I know I speak on behalf of all staff when I say it is a pleasure to work with you and your children. Please know that we will do all we can to provide your children with the education that they deserve. Should you ever have any queries, then please do not hesitate to contact the school.
The letter from Mr A Clark, can be read in full here.
I am pleased to report that we have had only one positive case since the last update on 6 November with only six students self isolating as a result of close contact. We currently have no live cases across our school.
As you will be aware the government announced that current national lockdown restrictions will be lifted on 2 December. Schools will remain open until the end of term and that it is important that students continue to attend to support their education and well being.
To read the letter dated 26 November from Ms C Savage, please click here.
We are incredibly frustrated that we cannot offer our young people the opportunity to participate in our well-supported King Edward’s Inspires event, usually the third Thursday in November. Nevertheless, this is a time when students in Year 11 have to make important decisions about their future education and training; something that can be daunting for students and parents/ carers alike.
Whilst we appreciate that this, in no way, replaces King Edward’s Inspires, we have put together a brief information guide for students in Year 11 and their parents/carers. The guide is designed as a starting point and provides the ‘need to know’ information about the range of Post 16 options available. Click on the front cover to launch our guide.
Further guidance for students is available in school in the form of assemblies and one to one access to our Careers Adviser. All students have been asked to complete their intended destination for Post 16 by the end of November on their Unifrog profile. Invitations for Post 16 interviews will be sent out in January to further support students with their transition.
The Sixth Form team will be in touch separately about the breadth of opportunity available within the Sixth Form at King Edward’s.
Remembrance commemorations have gone ahead at The King Edward VI School albeit in a slightly different format than usual.
Due to the current restriction our traditional wreath laying service still went ahead though with fewer in attendance and at a social distance.
Clare Savage, Headteacher stated. “It is our custom at this time of year to remember those former students of the school who gave their lives that we might live in freedom and in peace and it was important to us that these commemorations still went ahead.
In World War 1, 58 former King Edward students and one member of staff paid the supreme sacrifice. Most of them found their last place of rest far from home: in Belgium, in France, in Gallipoli, in Poland, at sea; many of them have no known graves.
In the Second World War, by a strange coincidence, yet another 58 former students perished in the War – this time together with two members of staff. Only a few of them are buried at home. The remainder lie in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany, in Iceland and Italy, in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, in Burma and in Singapore. Again, many have no known grave.”
In addition to the service, Rev. Beth Rookwood delivered a virtual Remembrance Assembly to ll students which can be found here
We have had three positive cases confirmed since my last letter sent on 21 October. These were during half term and so no other students (except for siblings) had to self isolate as a result. We therefore currently have a total of three live cases across our school.
As you will be aware the government announced new national lockdown restrictions that were introduced yesterday. This indicates that schools will remain open and that it is important that students continue to attend to support their education and well being.
The letter issued to Parents/Carers, can be read in full here.