Summer Term Welcome from Mrs Dyer

Summer Term Welcome from Mrs Dyer

Hope is the thing with feathers; That perches in the soul; And sings the tune without the words; And never stops at all.”

Emily Dickinson

Dear parents and carers:

I hope you and your families are well and have had a good Easter break despite the current situation.

I wanted to first thank you for all you have done to support your child as they make the adjustment from not being in school to learning from home. I know that this has not been an easy task, particularly given the challenges you have faced yourself.

I am mindful of how difficult this must be for you and am appreciative of all your efforts. We are proud to see our Burdett-Coutts children responding so well to the situation by making outstanding progress in continuing their learning.

The government announced the closure of all schools in the UK on 20th March. May I kindly state that this means that our school office is now closed and as such, we are not able to respond to general enquiries as before.

If you have a safeguarding concern, please contact the Children’s Services Team on 020 7641 4000 (9am to 5pm weekdays) or outside of these times, the Emergency Duty Team on 020 7641 2388.

At the end of the spring term, exercise books, textbooks and worksheets were sent home for every child to use. This term all our tasks will be set online, so Mr Carden has set up Google classrooms for every year group in the school. Teachers will be setting weekly tasks for children to complete via the Google classrooms.

There are instructions on our website explaining how to access the classrooms and if you need any further help, please email and we will try our best to help you.

We suggest that your child completes three hours of focused schoolwork per day (see suggested timetable enclosed in the PDF).

However, given the necessity for so much of the learning to happen using a screen, I hope that your child is able to pursue learning away from the screen. This could include plenty of reading, engaging in a practical hobby, being creative, playing board games or completing jigsaws. These options alongside all the wonderful resources and ideas found online can be fully utilised to make the most of these times.

Our staff are working with six other schools in our locality to provide childcare for our vulnerable children and for children whose parents are critical workers. This means that they will be deployed to work in other school settings during the school closure.

A separate letter regarding this offer is published on our website and families who qualify have already been contacted by phone, post and text.

None of us are experts at living in a time such as this and your support, patience, encouragement and gratitude over these last few weeks has been overwhelming. We really do appreciate everyone who has taken the time to be in touch.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Mrs Dyer