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CEO blog - Settling Back Into School Life

CEO’s Blog 18th September 2020

We are already at the end of our third week of term! I am delighted to be able to report that attendance remains high across the trust. Staff tell me that pupils are engaged and focused on their learning and are enjoying being back together.

This week, two of our schools volunteered to take part in Ofsted pilot visits. Both schools found this to be a very positive experience and were encouraged by Ofsted’s confirmation of the strategies we have put in place to support our pupils as they settle back into school life.

Last week, we had the first confirmed COVID-19 case in one of our schools. Following government guidance, we took swift action to close the appropriate bubble and notify parents/carers and the local outbreak response team (LORT). Parents/carers and staff have been reassured to see that robust systems and procedures are in place and working well and confidence remains high.

We know that this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone in the education sector – staff, governors, external professionals, parents/carers and pupils. Let’s continue to support each other and work together so that we can move forward in a positive way during the weeks and months ahead.

Be kind to one another,

Kate Brunt