An end of term message from Binks Neate-Evans, Executive Principal
Well! That was a bit of a year wasn't it! Somehow, we have traversed our way through the most complex of times with the fabulous children, staff and families. I have a new acronym - FFI - ' far from ideal' which sums up the situation and what we have had to contend with. School leaders have managed late, conflicting and ever-changing guidance and staff have ensured the ship sailed steadily; your children have adapted and you have been very understanding. I want to take this opportunity to applaud the staff and I know you have been full of gratitude too, despite the difficulties for us all.
It has been an incredibly challenging 18 months for families who have had to manage their own arrangements and the constant risk of 'bursting bubbles'. I genuinely hope things begin to settle for you all as we need some stability and calmness. This being said, I believe we will need to be cautious and careful in the Autumn Term.
The real stars of the show are the children, who have adapted so well and really shown us what good responsible citizenship looks like. Again some year groups have had their final weeks in primary school disrupted with self-isolating or through the building issues at Angel Road Junior. We know this is really hard for them and you - we are not fond of it either! I'd like to wish all the Year 6s well in their next steps and hope their journey through secondary education has been supported by the work of our schools. Good luck and farewell Y6 - go and be great caring and creative learners.
With regards to specific arrangements for each school, Evolution headteachers are meeting on 31st August to discuss what measures may still need to be in place, depending on how the situation develops. This will all be communicated to you. We did not want to spend hours constructing complex plans and communications when we know things change very rapidly as we believe this would be confusing for you and children. We are hoping for near to normalcy with sensible precautions.
All that is left for me to say, is to thank you for the kindness and support you have continued to show your school community. I believe we have learned something about reconnecting with our communities and schools should be at the heart of that. The way in which you have helped us to continue has been immensely helpful and not something all schools have enjoyed. Thank you for respecting our staff; they are very good people and they really do need to step away from screens and have time to recover.
Please keep safe and we look forward to seeing you for a fresh start in September.