Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are all well.
It is hard to believe that this time last week we were rushing to prepare a hasty and premature goodbye to our Year 11 pupils. These are truly challenging times.
On Monday 23rd March, the school opened its doors for vulnerable children and the children of key workers within our school community. Week 1 of this provision has been extremely successful; thank you to all of you who have heeded the governments advice and kept your children at home so that we can make this provision possible.
After the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last Wednesday, daily school life as we have known it changed drastically, but in reality, this change was felt across the school for the whole of last week.
As a result of a significant drop in staffing levels, teaching staff at Leytonstone stepped up and stepped in to cover their absent colleagues, many times over what would normally be expected.
After Wednesday’s annoucment that schools would temporarily close, these same members of staff supported the school in ensuring that our much-loved Year 11 cohort were able to end their time here at the school in a way which reflected how dear they were to us, whilst at the same time ensuring that they had to hand all the important prediction data that the school will imminently be submitting to the Department for Education.
On Thursday and Friday of last week, Heads of Department worked with remaining colleagues to ensure that work (which would normally be delivered in the classroom) could be uploaded to the school’s online-learning platform in time for the first day of the school’s closure.
Unperturbed, these same members of staff volunteered their services to help facilitate the school’s key worker and vulnerable pupil provision, bright and early, beginning Monday of this week.
It is absolutely right that I publicly thank all the fantastic staff at the school for their stellar efforts, over a 48 hour period, in getting us to where we are today.
Moving on, there is still work to do.
Our online-learning platform (MILK) has struggled under the weight of the sheer numbers of pupils across the country who are all trying to access their home-learning. I have communicated with members of the senior leadership team today about a strategy to improve pupil’s access to their home-learning and we hope to have a new system in place by the end of next week (Friday 2nd April).
Thank you to those of you who have patiently borne with us during this unprecedented situation. I am confident that the new strategy Mr Hughes has put together will ensure that parents, pupils and staff have clarity over what needs to be completed and by when.
If you have children eligible for free school meals and wish to continue to receive these whilst the school is closed, you should have been in contact with the school in order for us to make this provision available. If you have not been able to do so, please ring or email the school next week and we will make this provision available for you.
Please do not respond to any requests asking for your bank details. We would never makes such a request. If you receive any communication requesting your bank details in order to support free school meal provision, please delete it.
As I mentioned at the start, these are challenging times and yet I remain confident that our Leytonstone School community will move forward, hands held and continue to take great strides.
Communication with the school remains open, so do please email or ring the school office if you have any concerns or queries.
Wishing you and your loved ones good health,