Head Teacher Update
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of observing a music lesson taught by Miss Wise, one of the fantastic Trainee Teachers we have hosted at Rudheath over recent months. The Year 7 performances were excellent and I had the pleasure of meeting some of our young performers at lunch on Thursday.
Developing creative skills is a key priority for us in developing the confidence and skillset of our learners. The LORIC token board is filling up quickly with clear recognition for those who have demonstrated acts of leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication throughout the school day. I am personally very excited to see the development of those creative and cultural skills throughout the end of this year and into next.
I have also been humbled to see our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh students out in the local community with Mr Lambert and Miss Heaton. They have been litter picking in the nearby Griffiths Park, with more detail included in the newsletter.
As we start to prepare for the next academic year, I can already see a number of exciting activities in the calendar. There are a number of trips/visits scheduled in, including the cultural overseas trip to Barcelona and skiing trip to Italy. If you have any questions, please speak to the lead teacher for the trips. A reminder that the second deposit of £125 for the Barcelona trip is due on 12th July.
We are now just a few weeks away from the end of term, in what has been an unusual year for all concerned. I continue to express my gratitude to all students, parents/carers and staff for the support and flexibility in these unprecedented times.
Local COVID-19 Guidance
You may be aware that Cheshire West and Chester Council have seen a large increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 resulting in a number of outbreaks in businesses and schools. The current increase in the number of new cases are more likely to belong to the Variant B.1.671.2 ( Delta variant) which is more transmissible than other previous variants. To reduce the spread of the virus, and understand the extent of spread, Cheshire West and Chester Council Public Health Team are now advising all residents in Northwich and Winsford to book a PCR test regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
To book a test you should visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms‘ or call 119. Lateral Flow Device home tests should not be used instead of a PCR test in this situation. We would advise everyone who lives in a household to go along to get a test together, pupils who are under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer to access a test. Please notify the school if you or anyone in your household tests positive.
While waiting for your test result you do not need to self-isolate unless:
- You develop symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, or a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- Someone you live with develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19
- You are contacted by the school or NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate
Does my child have to wear a face covering?
In response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 the Director of Public Health is advising the re-introduction of face coverings for all staff and pupils in year 7 and above indoors while in school and college in the affected areas of Northwich and Winsford, including in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of certain lessons such as PE.
The Local Authority will continue to monitor the need for face coverings to be in place on a weekly basis and issue further guidance once we have assessed that cases of the virus have reduced enough to no longer require face coverings.