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The Lakes School News Issue 7 Excellence in a caring, learning community

As we shake off the long winter we’re excited to announce a refresh to the way we communicate with parents.

After experimenting with various types of newsletter over the years, the last twelve months has taught us that most parents and students view our communications on a mobile device which means that reading a pdf document can be frustrating.

A few years ago, we experimented with electronic newsletters like this! Parents and students loved them! We released 7 newsletters like this and they were viewed by over 11,000 people!

Our Adobe Spark Page newsletters are full of photos and videos and they’re easy to read.

Well, we’re pleased to announce that they’re back and we intend to move away from the pdf versions of our newsletters which we know you find a little frustrating to read on a mobile device - particularly a mobile phone.

But that’s not all! We have been listening to parents and our Sixth Form students and we have another exciting announcement to help improve the partnership we have with parents and our community. Read on to find out more…

Parent Forum

On 30th March 2021, we were so excited to see the return of our Parent Forum meetings and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended our Teams meeting. We enjoyed such a positive discussion about the school which was full of ideas and you can read the notes on our website by clicking on the link below. Look out for more news about our next Parent Forum meeting!

Have you got some thoughts and ideas that you would like to see discussed at a future Parent Forum meeting? Click the link below to send us your ideas…

Friendship on the fells
How about a Lakes School podcast channel?
Great idea!

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes and later this summer we’re looking forward to launching a podcast feed for The Lakes School.

Our Sixth Form students have already created some amazing ideas and we can’t wait to launch our first episodes. Soon, you might even be able to listen to our newsletter in the car or whilst you’re cooking!

Look out for more information in a future newsletter.

Outdoor Education students on top of Red Screes

Broadfield Close

Teaching children to care for and respect our local community is an important part of our work as parents and as a school. We would ask all parents to support the school and the local community by reinforcing the message that Broadfield Close is a private drive and not for general public access.

Thank you for respecting the rights of our nearest neighbours by using the main road to the school and for being patient during busy times. The photos below help to clarify the routes to and from school.

Broadfield Close is private and not a public right of way on foot, on a bike or in a car.

Please take a moment to study the image below. The red area is private and is not a public right of way. The purple area shows the vehicle route from our roundabout to the A591. The blue route shows how pedestrians walk to the crossing, to the bus stop or to the Spar Garage. The green route shows the pedestrian route to Windermere or Bowness. These routes should also be followed when travelling to school.

Thank you for helping us respect the privacy of our neighbours who live in Broadfield Close.
Isobel Richards on her charitable adventures in Africa

Lateral Flow Device Tests

We continue to receive regular deliveries of LFD test kits which students can collect as they come through the dining area at lunchtime. Twice weekly testing is an important part of the school’s approach to minimising the risk from coronavirus so we thank you for ensuring that your child self tests twice a week. Testing on a Sunday and then on a Wednesday or Thursday seems to be a sensible arrangement.

Please contact the school if your child tests positive in a LFD or PCR test. The government has recently confirmed that students should get a confirmatory PCR test if they get a positive LFD result from their home test kits. Thank you again for keeping The Lakes School safe.

Isaac Hodgson taking in the view on his Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition

Face Masks

The Prime Minister has this week announced that students will no longer be required to wear face masks in classrooms or communal areas from 17 May 2021. Whilst this is great news, students at The Lakes will still be required to wear face masks in the dinner queue. We believe that this is a sensible step when students from different year groups line up at close quarters. Thank you for your support and we will certainly keep you up to date later in the summer should we feel able to relax this expectation. Students who do not have a face mask, and are not exempt, will be able to come in for their dinner at 1.45pm as previously arranged.

We continue with our one way system and we make available our hand sanitiser stations. For the foreseeable future, students will also be required to help with sanitising their classroom desks. We will be in touch later in the summer if we are able to relax some of these routines.

Parent Involvement

There are a number of ways that parents can get involved with life at The Lakes School and we always welcome input from the local community, particularly about ways in which the school can better support parents and students.

Are you interested in getting more involved in shaping the future of The Lakes School? Then click the link below to check out three ways that you could support your child’s school. We look forward to hearing from you.

Uniform

Over the next few weeks, we will be working with Coniston Corporate to improve the uniform section of our school website so that it more clearly sets out our expectations regarding uniform. We will also be making clear what trousers are acceptable. Our uniform page will be updated soon and released to parents in good time so that you can purchase the correct uniform ready for your child starting the new academic year in September.

We are also working with Coniston Corporate to set up a small uniform outlet at The Lakes School. This will enable you to send your child in to school with the money to purchase uniform items which they will be able to wear straight away. We hope this will help many parents resolve uniform issues. You will of course still be able to purchase uniform items directly from Coniston Corporate.

Summer at The Lakes is too precious

We have a wonderfully busy summer ahead! Let’s remember that we all missed our Lakes School summer last year. Ahead of us, we have outdoor days, summer clubs, Year 6 Transition Day, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, Sports Day, celebration assemblies, return to vertical tutor groups, Year 5 Taster Day and GCSE and A-Level results days. Not forgetting the Year 11 Leavers’ Ball and Year 13 Leavers’ Ball which we hope to see return this summer. And, if that wasn’t enough, we have plans to further improve the school grounds and our facilities to ensure that they are the pride of the local community and the students who attend The Lakes School.

Whilst we still need to exercise caution with regards to Covid-19, there is a real sense of hope about the future. As always, thank you for your continued support. We hope you have enjoyed a return to our digital newsletter.

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