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Message from the Headteacher to Parents of Year 6 Students

The following update has been emailed on Tuesday 2 June to parents of the Year 6 students who will be joining Lady Manners School in September 2020.

Dear Students, Parents and Carers 

I hope you are well and looking forward to beginning secondary education at Lady Manners School. We are all very excited about seeing our new students who will be arriving from over fifty different primary schools.

As we know, this has been a very strange period for us all, and particularly for Year 6 students who will be making the transition to their new schools. Teaching and support staff have worked extensively on adapting our site to ensure it is 'COVID-secure' and further information will be communicated as your start date approaches.

Due to the challenging circumstances we find ourselves in, and the related safety advice we have received, our usual induction process has had to be adapted. Unlike previous years, we are unable to host summer visits to Lady Manners School and we are all obviously disappointed by this. However, we have been in regular contact with primary schools and have created new methods of helping students familiarise themselves with our school and established routines. We are confident students will enjoy studying a diverse range of new subjects from September. In fact, our broad key stage 3 curriculum offers a greater variety of subjects than is required by the National Curriculum.

Although our traditional on-site induction events cannot take place this year, we have been busy planning a range of remotely-based activities to help students prepare for life at their new school. We have created a virtual tour of the school using a drone and a 360 camera and staff are currently busy creating subject-based transition activities for students to complete in their primary schools. In addition to this, there will be video messages from our Head of Year 7 (Mr Martin) and relevant form tutors, along with message forums and telephone calls home.

We are all excited about the introduction of a new school day from September. Our school day will consist of five one-hour lessons and we will finish at an earlier time than in the past. This new format will elicit many educational and social advantages, and will ensure that our extensive extra-curricular programme is maintained. Details of our new school day can be found on our school website.

You may have heard that our school had a full (section 5) Ofsted inspection in March. This was overwhelmingly positive and I will shortly be sending a more detailed email to all our prospective parents, carers and students to explain the key findings of the inspection visit.

Thank you for your understanding during this current exceptional and highly unusual period. I can assure every parent that we will continue to work extremely hard to support the transition of new students from their primary schools, and will always adhere to the very latest government and scientific advice. The new academic year is scheduled to begin on Wednesday 2 September. The school will only be open for new Year 7 and Year 12 students on this day and will provide a range of opportunities to meet with key staff and fellow students. 

We are all looking forward to meeting parents, carers and students in the near future. In the meantime, please visit our website to keep up-to-date with our latest news.

Best wishes

Gary Peat
Headteacher