Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parents,

It is our ethos at St Joseph’s to think of our school as a loving family and, as we are all in difficult times, I think it is very important from today that I send a daily email on the latest situation at school regarding the Coronavirus.

I want to assure you that you will hear of any developments at school from me directly and quickly.

As you know, the Government have asked that schools remain open. I do not want to repeat the latest advice in a daily email. The current postings from Public Health England are on our website.

At present we have no known connection to confirmed cases connected to staff and their families or students and their families. But we do have some families that are self-isolating and we have some parents who have chosen not to send their students to school.

I understand every family has to make their own decisions and I fully support you in this.

At school we are limiting the number of visitors to our building and cancelling any external school visits or meetings. Our cleaners are focussed on making sure that handrails, banisters, door handles and payment systems are cleaned frequently throughout the day. This seems obvious, but it is very important and we are very grateful for our site staff’s tireless work.

At the moment, we do not have significant staff absence and it is our intention that our days are as normal as possible. There are anxieties about GCSEs but we have not been informed of any change to the calendar and will continue our teaching and revision as normal. If I am made aware of any plans, I will let you know immediately.

I appreciate that we are all in a changing situation that is going to be difficult. Please contact us if you have any information that may help us make any future decisions. For now, we are trying to make things as normal as possible.

I will email again on Monday.