Following the announcement from the Secretary of State for Education we have decided a wholesale change of approach for the last five days of term is both impractical and confusing for all of the school community.
We want you all to approach the start of the school holidays confident that you can enjoy the break and are keen to avoid, where possible, positive cases that would mean children, parents and staff members faced self-isolation in the first two weeks of the summer holiday.
On Friday 9th, we received a communication from Hampshire’s Director of Public Health.
"The DfE guidance has a detailed section that states that bubbles are no longer necessary as a way of keeping children in consistent groups after 19 July. However, the guidance also makes it clear that ‘If your school is still open at Step 4, you may wish to continue with these measures until the end of your summer term’. In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, our term dates do not finish until 23 July and therefore we believe it would be prudent to keep the bubbles intact until the end of term."
As a result our current processes and good practices will remain in place for the last week of term. This includes the staggered start and finish times. We thank you for your support and understanding.