Headteacher’s Blog – May 2020

Hello to all our Fleetwood High School Families

I write this blog in highly unusual times. I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. Families will know that the School has essentially been closed since Friday 20 March, although we have remained open each day for the children of key workers with around 15 students coming in to school each day.  Staff have been busy setting ‘distance learning’ tasks for all our students and, hopefully, your children will be making full use of these resources.  It is really important that students do not ‘fall behind’ whilst the school is closed and, to that end, we are recommending students should be doing 2 to 3 hours of learning at home whilst the school is closed.  Please could parents be as active as possible in supporting your child/ren in completing their work at home, this will, without doubt, serve their best interests moving forward.  Most work is accessible via ‘Show My Homework.’ Guidance is available on the School Website or, if you are struggling, please ring school. Form teachers and Heads of Year are trying to keep in regular contact with families. Alternatively, we have produced some paper based work packs which are available from school on Friday mornings.  Students doing the most work at home will gain Rewards for all the family

School has been busy in lots of other ways supporting in the local community, distributing food parcels, vouchers, prescriptions and our DT team produced 200 visors to be used by the NHS locally.  Through these difficult times we have continued to be ‘The School with a heart in the town with a heart.’

Families will no doubt have heard lots of conversation in the media about schools re-opening.  At the moment we have no further information regarding this.  However, we have been planning in detail for when the school does re-open in some shape or form and the key focus of our planning has, of course, been around keeping our children and staff safe.  We have purchased face masks, thermometers and vast quantities of hand sanitiser and we will take every action we need to in order to ensure that students are appropriately socially distanced when they are in school.  This is likely to involved a phased return for different year groups at different times with much smaller classes remaining in one room for shorter days.

On a personal level, I would like to say how happy I am to be back in school after a period of absence supporting my family.  I’d like to thank all of you who sent cards and kind words, they genuinely helped keep me and the children positive during a really difficult time.  I’d also like to thank Mr Whittle and the other members of the Senior Leadership Team for keeping FHS moving forward in the spring term.  Mr Whittle is remaining with us for the time being, he has a wealth of experience leading a number of similar schools to ours and will be a huge asset to the school in the time he is with us.  Families will be aware that Ms Lees, one of our Deputy Headteachers retired at Christmas after 27 years of service to the school.  We wish her well for her well-deserved retirement.

Hope to see you all back in school soon.  Stay safe.

Richard J Barnes