Message from Daley Barber-Allen - Head Teacher

17th October 2020

Dear parents, carers and families

I hope that this message finds you all safe, happy and well and that you are having an enjoyable weekend.

If you have not done so already, do take a look at EdTalk, our e-magazine which can be found via the link on our school website, or alternatively if you google 'Thomas Bewick School EdTalk', you should be able to find it.  This is a great place for you to find out important school information, but it is also where you can read about some of the fantastic things your child has been doing at school.  Judging by some of the content and photographs posted last week, a lot of fun was had by all!  Well done to all of our fantastic pupils for their hard work last week and thank you to all the hard working staff for making the magic happen - I am sure there will be more of that to come this week!

We are really looking forward to welcoming classes 18, 19 and 20 (Site 2) back on Monday 19th October and classes 5, 6 and 7 (Site 1) back on Tuesday 20th October.  I know that this has not been easy for the pupils, staff and families affected due to the disruption to normal routine, but thank you for your understanding.  I also know that it is difficult for some pupils to continue their learning remotely if they are asked to stay at home.  We are working hard behind the scenes on our 'remote education' plans and would really welcome your feedback on this, so we will be in touch very soon to gain your views.

We will also be reopening our reception office at Site 2 on Monday 19th October so if you need to contact Site 2, there will be a member of staff to take your call.

In other news, I have been working on the School Development Plan and have now established some key priorities that we are going to be working on over the course of this academic year.  A summary of these priorities will be published on our website very soon but one priority that I am keen to continue working on is our communication with parents, carers and families so that you are kept well informed of all aspects of your child's education.  You really are the experts in your children and we have a lot of expertise in school that could and should, in turn, be shared with you.  Learning from each other is an important part of getting it right for our very special children and young people, so I am very much looking forward to developing our work with parents, carers and families further.

I hope that you have a lovely week ahead. As always, please get in touch with the school if you need anything at all.

Take care and stay safe.