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Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope this finds you well. Below are a few updates for your information. A video version is also attached with a little more detail.

Thank You

I just wanted to start by saying a huge thank you for all the support you have been providing your child/children with their home learning. Having two young children at home myself, I know how difficult this can be whilst trying to fulfill other commitments, whether it be your own work or supporting others. Based on the feedback I've had from staff, the majority of students are coping admirably. Please let us know, however, if you or they need some additional support. Please contact the relevant Head of Year or Assistant Head of Year for general concerns or your child's subject teachers if more specific. Email is probably the best form of communication, but do feel free to call Reception and leave a message. Reception will be open from 08.30am to 12.30pm for the remainder of term.

Student and Staffing Update

As it stands, we have around 60 students in our keyworker/vulnerable group attending either full-time or part-time. Teachers are coming in on a rota to teach them, ably supported by a number of support staff who attend every day. In addition, we have approximately 100 Year 10 students and 40 Year 12 students returning from today, attending either once or twice a week until the end of term. Teaching staff have had new timetables created to ensure as many of them are available to teach their usual Y10/12 students as possible. Approximately 20 members of staff are working exclusively from home as they or someone they live with have underlying health conditions or fall within the higher risk category. 

Year 11, 12 and 13 Predicted Results

After a huge piece of work looking at evidence for every student, we have finally submitted the 'centre assessed grades' for students due to take exams this summer. We now wait for the exam boards and Ofqual to decide what the final, official results will be. These will be released on the two Results Days in August (13th and 20th). We will update relevant students and parents about how these days will run in due course. Year 11s planning to join our fabulous sixth form in September have been sent some transition work in preparation.

Health & Safety

Despite the Government's advice to have classes of 15, this is just not feasible if adhering to the 2m social distancing regulations. All our class sizes have therefore been kept to 8 or less. We now have a number of additional measures in place to minimise risk for staff and students. Our risk assessment is available on our website should you wish to see it. It is reviewed weekly and updated accordingly, if required.

Home Learning

As you know, home learning continues to remain the main provision for the majority of students, as will be the case until the end of term. Teaching staff are working hard, when not teaching in school to set work or provide feedback on work that has been submitted.

Mr Knipe has communicated to you previously how this has developed over the last few weeks including the introduction of live online sessions since half-term. If your child/children haven't tried these out yet, please refer to the schedule sent out by Mr Knipe previously for details.

Students' Mental Health and Well-Being

The mental health of students is a huge priority for us. We have a team of pastoral staff who have been contacting lots of students checking they are okay and coping with the situation. If you think your son/daughter would benefit from talking to someone from school, please just let us know. The easiest way to do this is for you or them to use the I Need to Talk link. This link is emailed to all students weekly and can also be found on the school website home page.

Additional Provision

I'm sure you've seen that we have been providing additional opportunities or challenges for students throughout the lockdown. From our regular Home Learning Supplements detailing ideas to keep busy, to the weekly PE challenges, the Culture Club challenge and the recent Maths and Drama House Competitions. These are, of course, not compulsory, but we know many students have enjoyed taking part in many of them.

Year 6 Transition

This is the time of year when we invite Year 6 students into school as part of their transition and induction to Team Liskeard. Unfortunately, we will not be able to get the students up as we normally do, but instead will arrange an induction day for them in early September. We have, however, been setting some transition work for them to do in their final few weeks of primary school and have been creating some videos about the school.

Social Media

If you don't follow us on social media, have a look for us on Facebook or Twitter. We try to post frequently to keep you updated.

September

We obviously don't yet know what will be happening in September. I hope and pray it will be safe enough for all students to return. We miss them dearly and look forward to seeing them all back in class. Some of the senior team and I have been working through various models should we not be able to open fully, however, it requires quite a bit of guess work at the moment! It is, as they say, better to be prepared.

We have received a huge number of emails and messages from parents/carers thanking us for all that we're doing. I can't tell you how much these are appreciated. We will continue to review what we are doing and, as always, strive to do even better.

Stay safe.

Yours,

Alex Lingard


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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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