Dear parents and carers
I just wanted to wish you all a very special Easter, one that I know will seem very different to previous years. Having read all of the correspondences between yourselves and Elmwood staff I am extremely proud at how hard you are all working in fighting to “flatten the curve” of this terrible virus. I also understand that many of you may have lost loved ones to this virus – if this is the case please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and we will work hard to make sure your child receives the right support now and in the future.
It was extremely humbling to hear of the pupils at Elmwood demonstrating our school’s values of Care for Self, Care for Others and Care for the Environment, specifically Miles Hall using his daily activity time to complete gardening work for the elderly and the many of you completing the clap for NHS staff on Thursdays (supported by your lovely rainbow posters in your windows).
I am also receiving many questions about “when will school be open” and I wish that I had that answer for you, all I can share is that I have a meeting with Special Headteachers and the Local Authority on Tuesday 14th April 2020 and another meeting on Monday 20th April 2020 with Senior Leaders and the Chair of Governors to plan the next steps (supported by Government guidelines). Those pupils who were originally identified to fall within the “high risk” category due to underlying medical needs will be contacted by phone following the meeting with Senior Leaders and the Chair of Governors for an update.
You are all doing amazing jobs and are all deserving of the “Super Parenting Award” on Marvellous Me.
A final reminder to Year 11 parents / carers. This must be an extremely difficult time for you with so many changes so I will physically call each one of you on Tuesday 21st April 2020 with an update and next steps as by then there will be greater clarity about examination and naming Post 16 destinations for September 2020.
Keep safe and be kind to each other
EASTER MESSAGE FROM LEE CROSS, ACTING HEADTEACHER