Dear Parents/Carers

We are all so sorry that we have had to end the year in this way, with school closed from tomorrow and next week’s summer scheme cancelled.

The increased transmission of Covid-19 in the community inevitably has meant that over the last two weeks we have had positive cases in school again amongst both students and staff.

If your young person was a close contact of our latest cases you should have received a SchoolComms message this evening. 

Many staff are also required to self isolate but if you have a query please email or ring the school office and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We will keep in touch with you via SchoolComms and the school website.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and every good wish to those families who are celebrating Eid tomorrow. 

Kind regards

Gillian

Summer Scheme

Dear Parents/Carers

I regret to inform you that we are unable to run a Summer Scheme next week. This is because two further positive Covid-19 cases have been identified today, one being a member of St Ann’s staff and the other being a Passenger Assistant. Unfortunately this will necessitate a number of staff and students self isolating for ten days. These people will be contacted during the afternoon.

Under these circumstances it would not be safe to go ahead with the summer scheme as many staff who had signed up to work during this period will now be required to self isolate and it is likely that other positive cases will be confirmed during the coming days.

We very much hope that we can hold a holiday scheme and/or an after school club during the next academic year once the transmission and infection rates reduce. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support during these unprecedented times which have now impacted on two school years of our young people’s lives.

 I’m sure that you’d all want to join with me in hoping that we all enjoy a more normal school year from September onwards and wish those who are unwell a speedy and complete recovery.

Please contact the school office if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely

Gillian Carver

Headteacher

Greenford Hall vaccination session

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to inform you that St Ann’s will be closed to all students who are currently aged under 16 next Friday 16th July.

This is because NHS West and the Local Authority have been working together to plan a private Surge Vaccination session for St Ann’s Post 16 students and yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that the Covid-19 vaccination clinic at Greenford Hall would go ahead next Friday.

St Ann’s staff will need to assist in transporting students from school, to and from the clinic, and crucially to support each young person so that they are calm enough to have the Pzifer vaccination. All staff will be involved in this process and therefore it would not be safe to have other students in school.

During the Autumn term we remain hopeful that government authorisation will be given so that students aged 12 to 15 years can also be vaccinated. In which case on the day we would support these young people to be vaccinated and older students would be required to remain at home.

We are sorry that this necessitates students to miss another day of school in what has been a very difficult 18 months. However as you are aware vaccinations remain a national priority and we are very pleased that special arrangements are being made for St Ann’s students to be safely vaccinated in a way that hopefully minimises stress for everyone involved.

Parents/Carers of students aged 16 plus have already been sent a Google form to register their wishes. It is essential that this is completed by Monday morning at the latest. Please note that Post 16 students who have already been double vaccinated and those whose families do not wish to take up the offer of this vaccination, will also be required to remain at home on Friday 16th July.

Please contact school if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely

Gillian Carver

Headteacher

Covid Contact Letter

Dear Parents / Carers

We have had a positive Covid19 case in school. Families whose students were in direct contact have been contacted. Please see letters below. 

Letter to families of contact students confirming that students must isolate until 12.7.21.

Letter to all other families confirming that there has been a case in school.

We are required by Government to send these letters.

Gillian Carver

Covid Contact Letter

Dear Parents / Carers

We have had a positive Covid19 case in school. Families whose students were in direct contact have been contacted. Please see letters below.

Letter to families of contact students confirming that students must isolate until 10.7.21.

Letter to all other families confirming that there has been a case in school.

We are required by Government to send these letters.

Gillian Carver

Letter from Gillian 25.6.21

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope that everyone remains well in spite of the rising number of Delta variant Covid infections in West London. At school we continue to be vigilant and on a daily basis we maintain our Covid secure measures. Staff are wearing face masks throughout the day, rooms are well ventilated, additional cleaning of high frequency touch surfaces continues and adults adhere to social distancing requirements whenever possible.

Please note that if a young person presents as being unwell with respiratory symptoms during the school day we will contact you and request that the students goes home and if possible has a PCR test so that we can keep everyone safe. We have not had a positive Covid-19 case in the school community since January.

Please also note the following information.

Summer Holiday Scheme

St Ann’s will be offering a summer scheme during the period Monday 26th July to Friday 30th July. As in previous years places will be limited but we hope to offer everyone who would like to attend, some days on our fun filled holiday scheme. More details to follow next week.
Consultation on earlier finish to the school day from September 2021

At the end of May we sent home a Parent/Carer Consultation on changing the finish time of the school day from 3.15pm to 3pm. To date 40 families have responded but because this is such an important decision we would like to invite anyone who hasn’t yet responded to do so. Please see the link on the text message sent to you this afternoon. Please disregard this message if you have already shared your views.
Year 14 students leaving dateAt the beginning of this school year, the Year 14 leaving date was published as being Wednesday 14th July, however because of the disrupted school year we feel it is more appropriate for all students to finish on the same day. The last day of term for all students is therefore Thursday 22nd July at 2pm.

Please ring the school office if you have any queries and in the meantime every good wish for a very pleasant weekend.

Gillian

Consultation

Parent/Carer Consultation on changing the finish time of the school day from 3.15pm to 3pm

Dear Parents/Carers

During October 2020 we consulted with all parents/carers to obtain your views on introducing a new finish time to the St Ann’s school day of 3pm. The vast majority of those who responded were in agreement with the change as long as transport arrangements were not compromised. Due to the worsening situation with the Covid-19 pandemic during the Autumn and Winter months we did not progress these plans. However we now feel that it is appropriate to consult with families again so that if the majority of parents/carers remain in agreement we can introduce the new times for the school day from September 2021. The impact of these arrangements would subsequently be reviewed in June 2022.

The start time to the school day of 9am would remain the same. Students would receive the same amount of taught time as they do currently, as their lunch break would be reduced from one hour to forty five minutes.

We are proposing this change because 

  • We believe this is in the best interests of our students. Having a shorter lunch break will enhance learning opportunities for students in the middle of the day when they are less tired and more receptive.
  • This will better support the efficient operation of the school at lunch time and further enhance procedures to keep everyone safe.
  • It will enable the majority of students to return home slightly earlier, which may be beneficial to their well-being particularly during the Winter months and throughout the uncertain times of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chair of Governors and I would be very interested in hearing your views on this proposal. Please complete and return the attached slip or email your comments to adminmail@st-anns.ealing.sch.uk by Friday 11th June. We will collate all the responses that we receive and let you know the outcome of this consultation by Friday 18th June. Please contact the school office if you have any queries about this proposal and in the meantime every good wish for a very pleasant half term break.

Yours sincerely 

Gillian Carver

Headteacher

Free School Meal Vouchers – June Half Term 2021

If your child is eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals, Ealing Council will be providing a supermarket voucher ahead of May half term to support you to meet food costs over the school holiday. Please click the link for further details.

Play and Support Sessions

Eid Mubarak

To all families who will be celebrating Eid-al Fitr

As the end of Ramadan fast approaches it would be really helpful if you could indicate whether or not your young person will be attending school on Wednesday and/or Thursday next week. This will enable us to plan staffing levels appropriately to ensure that the needs of all our young people are met.

Many thanks

Gillian

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