Important message from Headteacher- 15.05.2020
Dear Grange Parents and Carers
You have most probably watched, heard or read about the statement made by the Prime Minister on Sunday Evening 10th May 2020.
In that statement he spoke about the Government’s new approach to Lockdown and within that statement he spoke about how pupils in schools might start to return from the 1st of June 2020.
He explained that this would be a gradual approach and would start with the Year groups of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in Primary Schools.
Over the following days more and more Guidance has come out to clarify and detail his statement including a lengthy guidance document released last night at around 7pm.
On Monday it became clear that the Government are including Nursery within the year groups that they would like to restart from the 1st of June.
As you can imagine, Grange Leadership have been poring over the Guidance documents and simultaneously planning to find a way to get pupils back to school in a safe way. Meanwhile the Grange Staff team have refused to be distracted and have continued providing their high-quality online learning whilst continuing to open the school for the children of Key workers and children who are considered vulnerable and need support. Grange has not been closed even through the April holidays! At this point I must give thanks and acknowledgement for the brilliant and truly great work that the Grange team have accomplished in these incredibly challenging times. They too are people with families and their own lives which as with everybody , have been threatened by this devastating virus, and yet they have demonstrated that they are not just doing a job; they are great positive difference-makers and world-changers: Our Grange children are in good hands because they educate and provide for our children with their hearts as well as their heads – THANK YOU GRANGE STAFF TEAM – every Thursday I clap for you as well, when I clap for the NHS.
My commitment as Headteacher to you is that we will only bring back pupils to Grange in a manner that we have assessed as the risk – level being manageable. We will be open with you so you understand the risk levels. The Government have stated that Parents and Carers will not be penalised if they keep their children off school. Obviously we want to find a way to bring our Grange children back but only in a way that is as safe as possible and worth the risk.
I am in discussion with our Chairs of Governors and will update you further next week.
If you wish to make contact with me , please email Headteacher@grange.harrow.sch.uk
Please look after yourselves in these stressful times and please continue to watch the Grange Youtube channel