Academy Correspondence: Letter to all Parents/Carers – Supporting education at home – 27 Mar 2020 – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to all Parents/Carers – Food Voucher Scam – 25 Mar 2020 – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Parents/Carers – from Headteacher 24 Mar 2020 – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Parents/Carers – from Deputy Headteacher 22 Mar 2020 – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Parents/Carers – Mental Health and Well Being Support 20th Mar 2020 – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Parents/Carers – Definition of Key-worker 20 March 2020 – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Parents/Carers – Education at Home 20 March 2020 – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Parents/Carers – 19 March – School Closure – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Parents/Carers – Coronavirus – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Parents/Carers – from Headteacher 13 March – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Parents/Carers – Coronavirus Update – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Year 11 Parents/Carers – Reports – [PDF}
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Year 11 Parents/Carers – GCSE Grading- [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Year 11 Parents/Carers – 19 March 2020 – [PDF]
Academy Correspondence: Letter to Year 11 Parents/Carers – Statement to Year 11 students – 19 March 2020 – [PDF]
Message from Mr Siddall, Mr Marsden and all the Hodgson staff to our students 20th March 2020
We’d like to begin by saying thank you. This has been an extraordinary week, unlike anything any of us have ever experienced in school before. We know that the events of the last few days have been confusing, stressful or upsetting for many of you. The world around you seems to have changed very quickly. Some of you have been affected very directly – for example some of you have people in your families who are particularly vulnerable, or who have been self-isolating. Despite this, the way you have conducted yourselves in school has been exemplary. This has been greatly appreciated by all of the staff, and has made a very challenging week much easier to manage than it might otherwise have been. We’ve loved coming in to school and enjoying our normal routine with you despite everything that has been going on outside of these walls. We are very proud of you all.
As you know, for the vast majority of you school will be closing at the end of the day today until further notice. Exams have been cancelled for our Year 11 students. We do not know how long it will be necessary for the school to be closed, but it may be for a number of weeks. Some students will continue to attend school, because it is the easiest place for them to learn or because their parents do particularly important jobs at this time, such as working for the NHS. But most of you will now be staying at home with your families. We understand that the idea of suddenly being away from school; from your friends, your classes and your routine for an unknown length of time is a daunting prospect for many of you. It is the same for the staff! But it is important to remember that the government has taken the decision to close schools for a very simple reason – to help keep people everyone safe. And despite the difficulties and disruption closing schools will cause, it is the right decision and one which we must trust.
Although most of you will not be attending school for a little while, this does not mean your education at Hodgson is simply going to stop. Quite the opposite – there is going to be lots of work for you to be doing at home! Each week the school is closed, on a Monday, we will publish a document which will set out the work every student in each year group is expected to complete over the week. This information will be sent out via ClassCharts, our website and in an email to your parents – so there won’t be any excuses for missing it! There will be a variety of different types of work set – some will be online or computer based, some will be done on paper. Some work will be about revising and remembering things you have already studied in class, some will include new learning. It is very important that you do your best to keep up with the work that is being set, so that when we do come back to school you are in the best possible position to continue to make excellent progress. Of course, just like with school work in class, there may be tasks you find difficult or need extra help with. If this happens you can email your teacher for support – just like you would ask for help in school. Hopefully you are now absolutely clear about how to use ClassCharts and your school email account, and have told us if you have any difficulties accessing ICT equipment or the internet at home. If you still have any worries about this, please speak to your Form Tutor or another member of staff before you leave today.
When you are not attending school, you should try to keep to a good routine. Most importantly, keep following the advice regarding hygiene and, in particular, hand washing. Try to get up at the time you would do for school, eat breakfast, get plenty of exercise – all those sorts of things. This will not only help to keep you healthy and happy while school is closed, but it will also make it much easier for you to adjust back to school life when we do return. You probably won’t be able to see your friends in person for a while – but stay connected with them. Support them. Be kind to each other. Talk to an adult if you feel worried or anxious, which of course is perfectly normal at this time. Remember, too, that this is also a very stressful time for many of your parents. You can help them by behaving well at home just as you would do in school, and trying your best with the work that has been set so that they do not have to worry about your learning suffering.
In these unprecedented circumstances, many people are doing amazing things to help the community. The NHS staff treating people who become ill, the social care workers who are looking after the most vulnerable in society, the scientists working to find the most effective ways to protect all of us. I could list many other examples. And you have your own part to play – by keeping up with your school work, by showing consideration and respect of others, by helping your parents. Although things may feel really difficult now, we will as a community get through this together, and we will see each other soon.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to school and being here as the Hodgson family once again. Until then, work hard, stay safe and look out for each other.
We wish you and your families all the very best at this difficult time. Thank you.