National lockdown arrangements
As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced a new national lockdown because of rising infection rates of Covid-19. As part of the lockdown, all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in England, including our school, are to be closed from 5th January 2021 until at least the end of half term in February, except for children of key workers or vulnerable children.
The Prime Minister also announced that “not all exams” would go ahead as normal this year and that there would be alternative arrangements. He said the Government would set out further details on this at a later date, and when that information is announced, we will update parents of students due to take exams this year.
If you or your partner is a key worker, or if your child is classed as vulnerable, then the school will remain open, as now, and we look forward to continuing to see them in school.
As you know, we have worked incredibly hard since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to keep our school as safe as possible, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the safety measures in place at our school:
All students and staff must wear a face covering in communal areas, unless exempt
Everyone is expected to remain in their allocated bubbles
Students are encouraged to wash their hands regularly throughout the day
Please note we are aiming to have windows open in classrooms for ventilation. As the cold days have returned, and with the need for ventilation in mind, pupils may need a few more layers of clothing.
For all other pupils, our school is closed until at least the end of the February half-term. High-quality remote learning will be provided to make sure they continue to receive a consistent education. We know that this places pressure on you at a difficult time but your support in helping your child engage with remote learning as much as possible is so important and we are very grateful for it. Arrangements for remote learning for the week beginning 4th January have already been shared with families. Arrangements for remote learning for the week beginning 11th January will be shared with parents and students by Friday 8th January.
We will continue to stay in touch with you on this matter, and about your child’s education. However, do let me know if you have any questions or if you require any support relating to these new arrangements. If so, please contact your child’s tutor.
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Welcome from the Headteacher
Wilsthorpe School offers a caring, nurturing and secure environment that enables every member of the Wilsthorpe family to live up to our motto: “be the best that you can be”.
As Headteacher of Wilsthorpe, I make no apologies for the high expectations we have of students; we know that excellence is a habit, so the standards to which we hold ourselves in our learning, attitudes and conduct really do matter.
As staff, we also have the highest expectations of ourselves, as we model excellence to our students. Wilsthorpe has attracted and retained a team of exceptionally gifted and committed staff. We are proud of the reputation that our school community has earned for academic excellence, alongside opportunities for personal growth and development, and additional support for those who need it.
We are also proud of our Sixth Form students who achieve some of the best exam results in Derbyshire and, in recent years, have secured places on some of the most competitive courses at Oxford, Cambridge and other top global universities.
We very much hope to be able to welcome you in person to our forward-looking school, which encourages each student to strive to be the very best that they can be.