Froghorn 2nd October 2020

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parent/Carer

Frogmore really is a very special place. This week has brought that home in particularly powerful way. After a challenging start to the week, with notification of a positive case of the coronavirus within our student body, our Frogmore family has done exactly what it does best: shown tremendous care, solidarity and support for one another. The calm and measured way in which students, staff, parents and carers responded to the news meant that we were able to quickly handle the situation and then get back to the business of teaching and learning.

I am particularly grateful to the parents and carers of the young people we had to ask to self-isolate due to being ‘close contacts’ of the affected student. I know how tough it is for families to manage having their child at home, without the ability for the child to go out and socialise and, therefore, really appreciated the total understanding and support of each and every family. The students themselves were equally calm in the face of the unsettling news. Importantly, I am pleased to report that the student who tested positive has not suffered a serious illness and is well on the road to recovery.

These events do underscore the importance of the measures that we have in place. We need to make sure that we continue, collectively, to adhere to the measures in order to keep one another safe. With this in mind, I do need to remind parents that, if a child has to self-isolate, they must remain at home for the duration of the isolation period, unless urgent medical attention is required. This is essential to prevent any onward community transmission.

To support with maintaining our separate year group bubbles at break and lunch times, we have now introduced two large marquees on the courts. These will provide additional shelter for students at these social times so that indoor social areas do not become too busy.

I would also like to thank parents and carers for the way in which you have helped your children quickly get to grips with the staggered starts and ends of the day. This is working well as a way of reducing the mixing of year groups on their way to and from school. I do need, however, to note that there has been a slip in punctuality recently. Whilst we appreciate that we have stated we don’t want students to arrive too early, we do need them to arrive on time. Valuable learning time is lost if students arrive late to school. If your child is repeatedly late, their tutor will contact you, followed by their DoP, if the situation does not improve. We have learnt from last year just how much every minute counts in your child’s educational journey.

Finally, over the next couple of weeks, we will be writing to the parents and carers of students in years 11 and 7 about the arrangements for our online parents’ evenings, which are fast approaching. Whilst we won’t be able to see you in person, we are very much looking forward to having the chance to connect with you to discuss your child’s learning and progress.

Thank you all for your tremendous support.

Take care

Chris Vaudin - Headteacher

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