Re: KHS Year 7-9 Update
As you will know from my previous introductory letters, I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new Headteacher of King Henry School and I am truly looking forward to working with our students and families over the months and years ahead.
I believe passionately in providing our KHS students with an extraordinary education, one that unlocks curiosity, ignites ambition and forges a social conscious, enabling our students to have an impact on the world around them. I have been truly impressed with some of the initial work that I have reviewed in the recent Headteacher Competition.
As a Dad to three young children myself, I know that the past few months will have been worrying and difficult for all of our KHS families. As with all young people across the country, your son/daughter will have experienced a challenging few months, losing the structure of their daily routines and the invaluable face-to-face support from their teachers.
In line with the government’s latest guidance, we are welcoming small groups of Year 10 and Year 12 students back into school from Monday 22nd June. As you can imagine, we have had to implement an array of social distancing measures throughout the site, including limiting the number of students on site at any one time. Whilst this will ensure some face-to-face teaching and learning for students in Year 10 and Year 12, our Year 7, 8 and 9 students will continue their studies remotely until the end of the Summer Term.
In order to ensure that our Year 7-9 students are receiving high-quality remote learning tasks, I have two Assistant Headteachers checking the work being set by our staff and ensuring that students are accessing Microsoft Teams to continue their studies. If you have any concerns about the remote learning work that is being set, a new email address has been created for you to contact members of our senior team >> firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furthermore, a number of additional online learning opportunities have recently been advertised by the school, and can be found on the attached PDF. Please do encourage your son/daughter to access these additional resources - please do encourage them to submit any additional work that they are completing to HTCompetition@kinghenry.org.uk. I will continue to monitor any submitted work and reward students’ efforts during this period of partial school closure.
One of the key priorities now facing the school will be to assess and audit the knowledge gaps that our students will have experienced. We are currently designing a KHS-specific approach to how we can plan for a recovery curriculum in 2020/21. As you will have seen, the government is also in the process of providing schools with additional guidance around this and we will be in touch with Year 7-9 parents/carers with further information in due course, including the launch of our KHS Summer learning booklets.
At the heart of our recovery plans will be a commitment to supporting our students’ well-being as well as their academic progress. I know that our students will have experienced a variety of difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is important that we support all of them as and when the school is able to open fully, hopefully in September 2020.
Going forwards, we have a number of key strategies to reconnect students with our KHS community, including the introduction of a new House system across the school. Your son/daughter will shortly receive notification of their allocated House. In their respective Houses, our students will grow, develop, compete and collaborate. Each House will have a Head of House for KS3 and a Head of House for KS4 and these key members of staff will also be in touch with your son/daughter shortly.
Finally, I am committed to working in collaboration with our parent body. As such I am offering Year 7-9 parents/carers the opportunity to meet with me ahead of the end of Term on Tuesday 7th July (6pm-7pm). This will be the first of regular parent forums. In light of current social distancing measures, the number of places will be limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The booking system will be live on Tuesday 23rd June at midday and can be accessed here.
In the meantime, thank you for your continued support. I look forward to working with all families as we create a truly extraordinary school.
Mr R Leitch
King Henry School