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Banovallum School Update 19th May 2020.

At Banovallum we appreciate that nationally the Government’s plans change day by day, and that you will have many questions about arrangements in school as they formulate a way forward for easing the current restrictions. As Headteacher, I want to reassure you that as we navigate the complicated road ahead, my utmost priority when making decisions around any wider opening will be the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff –a view which is supported across Horncastle Education Trust:

Horncastle Education Trust believes that the safety and wellbeing of its children and staff are paramount. Following the government’s announcement about the wider opening of schools over the coming weeks, the Trust has asked its Headteachers to develop their planning of how that might be achieved and what limitations are placed upon them by the configuration and capacity of school sites, the availability of staff and the requirements to meet social distancing rules and enhanced hygiene protocols. Their planning will be focussed on and rooted in the safety and wellbeing of their children, staff and wider community of parents and carers. Over the coming weeks, school leaders will be undertaking careful and detailed planning working to four common principles:

  1. An obligation to ensure the safety of children, staff and parents
  2. A commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of children and staff
  3. An undertaking that the necessary planning will be measured and considered
  4. Make the best possible decisions based on the evidence and guidance available and within the limitations set by their location and locality

As we enter this period of planning, it is important to pay tribute to the excellent work that all school staff have undertaken during the lockdown.

In recent weeks, our staff and those children whose parents are key workers and who are vulnerable, were welcomed to the West Street site as our Trust formed a secondary school hub. Our school site here at Banovallum will reopen for those students from the 1st June.

Further arrangements will be made from the beginning of June in order to support our students in Year 10 who are preparing for exams during summer 2021. There is clearly a large amount of planning to take place in a relatively short period of time and I appreciate your patience as this is completed. When I am in a position to share further details, I will communicate directly with parents affected. I am keen to understand and respond to any concerns you may have. We have come through recent weeks by working together and supporting each other, and I am sure that by adopting the same approach we will rise to these latest challenges.

Arrangements remain in place via a voucher scheme to support families of children who are eligible for free school meals.

Students not attending school continue to be able to access work remotely, please see Epraise for details.

In order for us to continue to discharge our safeguarding responsibilities, if your child is due to attend and you need to report an absence, please telephone in the usual way to let us know.

During the closure period please direct any non-urgent enquiries to admin@banovallumschool.co.uk. We will continue to monitor emails, however, due to remote working and the volume of enquiries we may receive, it may take a little longer for us to respond.

We thank you for your patience at this difficult time and send our warm wishes to you and your families.

Mr G Edgar

Headteacher