Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we complete the hugely challenging task of considering 400 requests for a limited number of places at school. We have had the impossible task of balancing the responsibility to help lower transmission rates at a time when COVID related deaths have tragically topped 1000 once again, with the desire to have as many children in school as possible.
To all those who requested in-school provision for your child: we have now sent out a confirmation via app message to all those who have been allocated a place. If you have not received this message then unfortunately we are unable to give your child a place at this time. We know this may be hugely disappointing to many of you and would like to explain the process we have been through to reach this decision:
- Each year group has 3 teachers, 2 of these teachers will be in charge of year group pods teaching in school, the other will be running the online provision for those children staying at home.
- Each pod will have a maximum of 20 children – this is 5 more than we had during the last lockdown to increase capacity for the children of critical workers who are fighting COVID.
- We have been through every questionnaire response and prioritised the in-school places by filling the classes with children who fall within the government’s vulnerable description category or whose both parents/lone parent are critical workers in the fight against COVID.
- All the places in Year 3 and 5 were taken by those listed above. For the other year groups, we were then able to allocate the remaining places to children who have 1 parent as a critical worker in the fight against COVID.
If you feel our decision has been incorrect and you should have been offered a place according to the above criteria (e.g. you are a lone parent and critical worker) please phone in and request a conversation with a member of the senior leadership team.
We realise that there will be some disappointed families, however we will be keeping your children on a waiting list and will let you know if anything changes.
The good news!
We are working hard to ensure that your children, who will be learning remotely from home, will be provided with video lessons, engaging activities and interaction with their teachers. We have taken onboard the feedback we received from the last lockdown, and it has been an enormous pleasure to hear how our revised provision is already having a positive impact for children learning at home. More information about this will be winging its way to you shortly.
Stay safe and please remember we are still here for you at this difficult time,
The St. Leonard’s Team