Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your family are well. These are difficult and uncertain times and as a parent of children of both primary and secondary ages I can empathise with the challenges you are facing at the moment.

The government have given us a return date for Year 10 and 12 students, but at the moment there is no clarity on when our Year 7 students will return. The ‘smart money’ says this will not be until September at the earliest, so it is important than Clarendon continues to provide your child with the best quality learning experience possible and that you feel the school is giving you as parents and carers what you need to support this learning.

We will continue to post work every week on Show My Homework. This will continue to be a variety of shorter tasks and more extended projects – different subjects are able to adapt to these unprecedented conditions in different ways. What will be consistent is that we will give clear instructions, provide resources and set clear deadlines so that students can organise themselves and complete the tasks to the best of their ability, and that teachers will provide feedback on all tasks completed. We appreciate that circumstances vary between households so we will continue to provide paper copies of the work, available for collection from reception.

As time passes we want to make sure that students still have access to their teachers that goes beyond the written medium, and you will increasingly find that our online learning offer includes video and audio clips created by our brilliant staff. Many of the powerpoints now include audio commentaries, we are using software such as Loom to provide video lectures and feedback, and in some subjects students are being invited to take part in online discussion and debate using apps such as Zoom. We hope students will both appreciate and enjoy this new layer to our offer and if you have any queries about how to access these resources please get in touch.

We also appreciate that there are very significant challenges to working at home, not least how difficult it is to organise a workload independently and maintain momentum, especially when despite our best efforts teachers are not always able to give instant support. Therefore we intend to maintain a fortnightly contact between your child and their tutor, so that we can pick up any issues early and provide support, encouragement and praise. By now your child should have had at least one contact from their tutor, so please let me know if for any reason they have missed out or if they need further contact from their tutor or any other member of staff.

I am available to provide any advice or further information on our home learning programme or any other issues where you like some school guidance. I can be directly contacted on 07412567032 or via dpl@clarendonacademy.com. I’d also welcome any feedback on what we have offered so far and our plans moving forward. As soon as I receive any more information on likely return dates I shall write to you to clarify both the national picture and our approach.

In the meantime, I wish you all the best and thank you for your efforts in helping us to give the children the best possible learning experience. I’m really looking forward to the time when our Key Stage 3 students return, not least because whilst it is sometimes hard to find silver linings amongst the clouds the Clarendon team have been using this time to develop some really exciting new approaches to the Key Stage 3 experience when normality returns.

All the very best,
Mr Lawrence

Direct telephone number: 07412567032
Email: dpl@clarendonacademy.com