Rough Notes – July 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and friends of The Woodroffe School,

Thank you for taking the time to read through our last edition of ‘Rough Notes’ for this academic year.

When starting the new school year back in September, who would ever have thought we would be here? Even though COVID-19 has had an impact on the normal running of the school since March 20th, our students and staff have continued to do amazing things. We have done our very best to celebrate these achievements and share the good news stories with you, we hope they have helped.

Let me take this opportunity to thank you again for the support you have given the school during this year and especially throughout the COVID-19 closure. As a school, we have worked incredibly hard to ensure that we have supported the ongoing education of all our students whilst the school remains closed and thank you for your continued support at home.

As a music fan, I am partial to the odd greatest hits album. This latest edition of ‘Rough Notes’ is based on the greatest hits album idea and pulls together some of the best articles from across the school year. With so many great articles to choose from, it was tough to whittle it down to those included. We hope you enjoy our selection.

So, what have I been doing this month?

This month has seen the release of the guidance from the DfE for the September reopening of schools to all students on a full-time basis. Since the release of this guidance, we have been working to ensure that our plans are in place for the safe reopening of Woodroffe in September.

We recognise the importance of education and that the best place for students to learn is in the classroom with their regular class teacher. We are delighted to be in a position where we can plan towards having all our wonderful students back in school from September.

Woodroffe is our school. There are many like us, but we are unique, and our context has shaped the decisions taken and the provisions made. There can be no single model for reopening and therefore, what we provide is likely to vary from that provided by other schools, both local and national.

Our decisions have been driven by the needs of our students, staff and community, they reflect our educational approach and our desire to do what is best for our stakeholders within the confines of the current national situation, our local context and the flexibility of our physical resources.

We continue to use our funding and available resources to the best of our ability, ensuring that we provide the best education possible to the students in our care.

Please ensure that you read the information provided on the reopening of the school and share the contents with your child so that they know what to expect when returning in September.

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 Twitter feed.

Best wishes,

Dan Watts