Parent Bulletin: 16.04.2021
16th April 2021
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Dear Parents and Carers
We have been delighted to welcome the students back into school for the summer term. Significant anti-Covid measures remain in place but it’s good to be resuming something like ‘normal’ school. Attendance levels have been excellent and after-school activities will resume next week, organised on a year-group basis.
Home Testing - Thank you to all the parents who have supported pupils’ self-testing on Wednesday and Sunday evenings: we have a 70% reporting rate. If you have not yet begun this process, please do so, and let the school know if you need any help. This, along with the wearing of face-coverings inside, is an essential aspect of our anti-Covid measures which we hope will enable us to stay fully open this term.
A ‘virtual’ consultation has been launched this week so that the public can see and comment on the plans to expand the school accommodation for 11 - 16 students and to build a sixth form centre. It is hoped that construction will start in May 2022. The plans can be viewed via a link on the home page of our website: Homepage - Cambourne Village College (cambournevc.org)
Everyone’s Invited - Many of you will be aware of the revelations of the Everyone’s Invited website into harassment and abuse of female students in schools across the country. This has been an area of vigilance for us and we have dealt with various situations between pupils in the past. We have not received any further disclosures in response to this national movement, however, we will conduct a thorough review into the way the school approaches this issue. As a first step, we have created a ‘Report a Concern’ button on the home page of each student’s iPad, so that any pupil who does not have the confidence to speak out about an issue, will have a mechanism for reporting it.
The NSPCC have launched a new dedicated, confidential helpline – Report Abuse in Education - which is available to current or past victims as well as parents, carers or professionals with concerns. The helpline will be open for 6 months and the number is 0800 136 663. It is free and anonymous and will be open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am – 6pm.
We’re hopeful that we will be able to progress steadily towards a return to our usual summer activities as the term progresses. For the next few weeks, thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to observe our Covid Risk Assessments and do our best to keep everyone learning at school and safe.
With best wishes for a very pleasant weekend,