Rough Notes – March 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of The Woodroffe School,

Thank you for taking the time to read through our latest edition of Rough Notes. I have to say this is quite possibly the most unusual school newsletter I have ever written.

The support you have given the school during this difficult time is very much appreciated. We have worked incredibly hard to ensure that the school functioned as normal for as long as was possible. We are now supporting the ongoing education of our students, whilst the school is closed, through online learning provided by our staff on the Microsoft Teams platform. Please check back over the emailed information for advice and guidance on using this effectively.

It is important that students continue to study whilst the school is closed. Currently, we have no clear picture as to when we are to reopen. For those students who should have been sitting exams this summer, our advice, whilst the exams are cancelled, is to carry on with some form of study to support your journey to the next stage of your education. Please feel free to contact your teachers for advice and guidance.

To confirm, as stated by the DfE:

“If we go back to school in the summer term, will the exams be rescheduled? No. All summer exams have been cancelled.”

In addition, the government is asking parents to “do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.”

And what have we been doing this month?

Science Week 2020 was a big success in school with many events taking place across the week. Large numbers of students participated in a range of activities including falconry displays, rocket building and visiting the mobile planetarium erected in the old gym.

Careers week was also very popular amongst our students, with good numbers attending daily lunchtime seminars delivered by a range of professionals including; adventurers; film makers and Google employees, to mention but a few. I would like to thank all those who gave up their time freely to talk to our students during the week, it is greatly appreciated.

Finally, a group of Year 10 students visited Bournemouth Crown Court earlier this month. Feedback from those delivering the sessions to our students was excellent:

The Court Clerk at Bournemouth Crown Court said, “That [our visit] was Judge Pawson’s first encounter with Woodroffe students – he was very impressed by both the students’ behaviour & their questions and is still talking about the visit now!”

I hope you enjoy our latest edition of Rough Notes. Should you wish to find out more about our school, news or events, please visit the school website which I am sure you will find useful. In addition, for regular updates, why not look at our social media outlets:

The Woodroffe School Headteacher: @HeadteacherTws
The Woodroffe School: @WoodroffeSchool

Best wishes,

Dan Watts