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Dear parent / carer

I hope that you and your families are well and continue to remain so. We enjoyed celebrating World Book week last week and were delighted with the efforts of our staff and students in dressing up as their favourite book character. Please visit Twitter for photos and updates about our celebrations.

COVID-19 update

It has been a challenging week for us at school this week, whilst we waited to find out about the government’s next steps in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the government have moved from the containment phase to the delay phase there is currently no advice to close schools. Should this become the case in the future we will inform you and implement our remote learning plan.

What about school trips?

The government have advised against foreign trips and as a consequence we will be reviewing our upcoming ski trip, Spanish Exchange and French trip. These trips will be at best postponed and at worst cancelled but we will communicate with those affected as soon as we have full information. As you can appreciate, information and advice is changing on an almost daily basis currently and we will do our best to keep you well informed.

With regards to other trips and events, there is no advice to suggest that these should be cancelled so they will continue as planned. Should this situation change, then we will let you know.

Should I keep my child at home if they are unwell?

Advice from Public Health England and the NHS in the delay phase is that if you show the following symptoms then you should self-isolate for 7 days:

  • high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

If you take the decision that your child needs to self-isolate then please inform our staff in Student Reception as soon as you can, making it clear that they are self-isolating and why.

How will the school communicate with me?

We will use our usual methods of communication through the website and Twitter for general messages, our parental text system for emergency communication and letter for more detailed communication. Please make sure that we have correct email addresses and mobile telephone numbers for you, so we can contact you when necessary and keep you up to date.

Year 11 – update on Sixth Form Recruitment

Our Year 11 students will have the opportunity to hear from subject leaders about what learning is like in their subject at Key Stage 5 in a series of mini assemblies next week. Please do speak to them about their choices and if you have any questions about their POST16 destinations, get in touch with a member of the Year 11 team.

Good news for #FOYF

We have appointed a Career Development Coordinator to support our students in ensuring that they have the information that they require to make the right choices about their future. Mrs Gill will be giving 1:1 independent careers advice to students; developing links with local and national employers; developing links with further and higher education institutions; identifying and targetting opportunities for our students. She has already started to interview our Y11 students, and all Y10 students will be interviewed during the summer term. We are just developing a #FOYF area and Mrs Gill will be available every break-time and lunchtime for any students who would like to drop in with a question relating to future choices. Good news!

School Admissions

The School Admission Appeals Team are currently in the process of recruiting new Independent Appeal Panel Members for School Appeals in Leeds. The Appeals Service handles over 1800 school appeals a year at Leeds Civic Hall. The role is voluntary, term time only and reimbursements for travel expenses can be made. The Independent Appeal Panel members would need to be impartial therefore they are unable to recruit anyone who is currently employed at a school. For further details please contact Jessica Howell, Appeals Officer, jessica.howell@leeds.gov.uk

Key dates

If you did not receive a copy of the key dates for this year or you mislay your copy, it’s available

online at Lawnswood School - School calendar

For the next few weeks ahead, you may want to be aware of the following:

  • Week beginning 16 March      Assembly Theme – Creativity - Careers Awareness
  • Tuesday 17 March                                      Year 10 Mock Drama Performance, 4.30pm
  • Year 11 Taster Assemblies Volunteer It Yourself Workshop
  • Wednesday 18 March             Year 12 University Trip
  • Friday 20 March                                      CLYTO Concert
  • Thursday 26 March       Year 8 Parents’ Evening 4.30pm-7.00pm

Best wishes

Mrs J Bell Headteacher


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