Corona Virus Family Briefing No.16 17:30 Thursday 23rd April 2020

Corona Virus Family Briefing No.16 17:30 Thursday 23rd April 2020

Dear Families,

It’s that time of the week again and we hope it has been a good one for you all. The sun has been shining in Swalcliffe and hopefully where you are too.
Thank you again for all the positive feedback about the online lessons, activities and telephone contact with keyworkers and please do let us know if you have any thoughts on how we can improve our support to you all during this challenging and uncertain time.

We have continued to keep a close eye on all the updates from the DfE and the discussions within the special education forums we are part of, such as National Association of Special Schools (NASS).

As things stand it looks very much like the current situation will be in place for the next two weeks, as the Government aren’t due to review the current ‘lockdown’ requirements until Thursday May 7th. This means that we will continue to provide our online and telephone support to all students and families for this period, unless we hear otherwise.

I do have two requests for families from staff: please could those of you who have yet to complete your QoL surveys send them back in so we can see how we can best support you. If you need any help with this, please let your keyworker know. The second request is for the return of the medical forms we have just sent out. This information is really essential for helping to keep all the boys safe.

At this time of year, we are always very busy putting plans in place for September and this year is no different. We will have a larger number of boys on site and so are looking very carefully at how we use the current buildings we have as well as drawing up plans for new developments. We are also in the process of recruiting some new staff to take account of the increased numbers and to further improve our offer to students and families.

We will share more details on site and staffing developments in a bumper edition of Headlines before half term. We will also be able to let you know about how we will manage the pathway planning process, if restrictions are still in place by half term that would prevent us holding a whole school event.

As promised, we will be issuing End of Term Reports for the Spring Term, from 4.00 pm tomorrow, and access to the reports will be through FROG in the usual way. If anyone has any questions or concerns about the content of their son’s report please contact Andy Sears on and if you are experiencing difficulty accessing the report please contact Dean Moulder on

I am delighted that the next edition of Nikki and Lucy’s ‘Wellbeing’ bulletin is available alongside this briefing update and we hope that you enjoy reading them and find some of the ideas and strategies helpful.

Wishing everyone the best of health and we really do look forward to seeing everyone when it is safe enough to do so.

Thanks again for your continued support, it really is much appreciated.

Kiran, Rob and Rob