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Letter to Year 12 Parents - returning to school

18th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted to be writing to you to share some good news; having begun a return to school for some Year 10 students this week, we are now in a position to begin inviting some Year 12 students back into school from next week.
In accordance with the guidelines set by the government, we are not resuming regular lessons, instead some students will be invited in for some small group teaching on a rota system. Each Head of Department will decide which students to invite in each week, carefully prioritising the needs of all our students. As we are only able to have a quarter of the year group on site at any time, please be aware that it may take a couple of weeks for your daughter to be invited in for all of her subjects.
As a school, the wellbeing and safety of each of our students is paramount to us. We have put measures in place to ensure that social distancing requirements are complied with, factored in time so that your daughter can wash her hands upon arrival and departure and will routinely sanitise any shared equipment and surface after each student has used them. The sessions will also take place in our largest open plan spaces. To ensure that our school can be as safe as possible, we urge you to reinforce to your daughter the importance of these new routines in school as they will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Please ensure that she is equipped with a pen and her notebook/class book as we will not be able to loan any equipment.
The small group teaching session will last for two and a half hours and will only take place in one space with socially distanced seating and your daughter will leave school immediately following the end of her session. Your daughter’s invited times will be sent via email; it is not necessary to confirm attendance, but we would be grateful if you could let us know if your daughter is unable to attend so we can potentially reallocate her space.
For many of you, it may be the first time that your daughter has travelled on public transport for several months or has gone out independently. I understand that may be a worry, to help alleviate this we have scheduled the session arrival to being at 10.15am so they are after rush hour and to finish at 1pm. I would suggest that if your daughter can walk to school that she does, however if that is not feasible it would be advisable to leave well in advance of her meeting time so that she can be on the least congested modes of transport. If your daughter is using public transport it is now mandatory for her to wear a face mask, please provide her with a plastic bag to store it in and if possible anti-bacterial gel to use when she enters and leaves public areas. Please ensure that her arrival is timely.
I very much hope that this will be a positive step for our students and am confident it will be incredibly beneficial for their academic progress and general well-being. As always, we will continue to follow the guidance of the government and implement it in the best way we can. Please email me at hkennedy@ssso.southwark.sch.uk if you have any questions or concerns.
Kind regards,


Ms H Kennedy
Director of Learning Sixth Form