Friday 24 th July 2020

Dear Families,
I hope this final newsletter of the year finds you in good health. It has been the most strange year. One which I hope we never experience in the same way again. We are very much looking forward to  full school opening in September and receiving students old and new back into the school setting. I have shared with you our plans to support a safe opening. Thanks to all our school staff who have been able to talk to you about September and hopefully allay most of your fears in relation to school.
I would like to take the opportunity now to thank all school staff who have been contacting families in relation to home learning, home contexts, medical contexts and wider issues. The feedback I have received is that this has been really useful. Thanks so much to all families who were able to respond to our survey regarding the workings of the school during the lockdown period. Your responses are really helpful in case we ever come across the same circumstances again. 
We have some staff leaving us on Friday who I would like to mention. I am sure you would join me in wishing them well in their new endeavours. Tess Lloyd, our Sensory teacher is leaving us. Tess has been an incredible asset to our school and will be missed greatly. Ellie Holman, a teacher in KS4 is leaving us to embark on the final stage of training to become an Educational Psychologist. It is so important our partner professionals understand our children. Ellie has worked for many years with our population of young people so I am sure she will be an asset in her new field. Ella Greenslade is going on maternity leave. Ella is our PE Instructor and has played a massive part in developing a real love of physical fitness and sport in school. She will be greatly missed but I am sure she will keep in contact. Mark Allen will be covering the position for the year. Hayley Perry who is a TA in KS3 is leaving us. Hayley has been a strong part of the KS3 team and will be missed. Katie Ousby is a TA who is leaving us to go to qualify as a teacher and hopes to return to the special school setting. Good luck Katie.
We will welcome new staff in September as a result. Julie Wilkinson will be joining us as a teacher in KS3, Shelley Wilkes will be returning after maternity leave to teach in KS4. Yvonne Clark will be our new Sensory Class teacher and William Burns will be a Specialist Teacher on a Bespoke Programme.
Emily Fernley and Chyanne Brice will be joining us as TAs in KS3 and Aaron Taylor will be a TA in
Sunflower. Jennifer Luckmann will be a new MSA. I wish them well and I am confident they will be part of the family in no time.
Ellen Lamplough and Kenny Harrison are moving from being MSAs to TAs, as is Lumi Lazar who is currently a MSA and will now also be a part-time TA in KS3. Welcome to your new roles.
Transport has been an area which has concerned a number of families. At the end of the newsletter you will see some information which we have been asked to include in our final newsletter.
I want to take this final opportunity to wish you well for the summer. I wish a restful break to all the staff who have been in school providing a service and those who have been in contact supporting families.
Keep well, stay safe and I look forward to welcoming all students back on Thursday 3 rd September.
Best wishes
Sue Holman