Dear Student

I hope you and your family are well and are looking forward to your return to school. It is hard to believe that school has been closed since March and many of you and your families have had to endure lockdown due to Covid 19. We will work to support you all as we return to the new ‘normal’ over the next weeks.

GCSE results will be available on Thursday morning from 9.00am. When you come into school to collect your results, please do so by yourself. In this way we will be able to maintain social distancing for all students and staff.

I hope you will be happy with your results but wish to stress that we look forward to welcoming each of you back into Year 13 and the start of your post 16 A level study. To help us plan for the new school year we are assuming you wish to return to Aquinas. However, I appreciate that some students and parents may have issues they wish to discuss with us such as:

1.Changing the subjects, you opted for. We will endeavour to make changes, but this will depend on:

  • Option blocks based on choices made by your year group after options day
  • Space being available in that class

2. You intend to leave Aquinas and go elsewhere to follow a different route

I am asking you to please make an appointment with a member of our staff by phoning the school. Appointments are available from 10.00am on Thursday 20th. For social distancing purposes you may only bring a single parent / guardian with you and please only arrive at the arranged appointment time.

Please bring the enclosed form with you which we will ask you to complete and sign after your appointment on Thursday and leave at reception. We will contact you if there are any issues such as class size etc. We will not know all these details until all students have completed potential changes as some change of choices will create spaces in certain classes.

In relation to the new school term, you will be aware that the Minister of Education has decided all students will return full time. Our plans now need adapting but we intend to work where possible in bubbles. Post 16 students will where possible have their classes in areas of the school separated from both KS3 and KS4. We will now start at 9.15am with your first class and are moving registration to later in the morning [10.25am] to allow two break times to maintain social distancing and introducing three lunch breaks, one for each key stage.

Induction for Y13 is on Tuesday 25th August from 9.15am-12.30pm with full classes starting on Tuesday 1st September.  

We will ask you to enter through the door between Music and Home Economics, immediately use the sanitising stands provided and make your way to your first class of the day. At the time of writing face masks are not compulsory, but if you wish to wear one that would be very acceptable. We will ask all students to maintain regular washing of hands, use of sanitiser and good cough / sneezing protocols. If we all aim to make sure that we are trying to protect each other, we will hopefully be able to function as close to a normal school as possible.

I respectively remind each parent / guardian that it is essential that your child DOES NOT come to school if they have any symptoms whatsoever. If they do please seek medical advice and testing if appropriate. Only return to school when given the all clear or when the required period of quarantine is completed. A more detailed outline of procedures will be issued as soon as possible, and I would ask you to please check our website and twitter over the next few days. Finally, may I thank you for all your support over the past few months and wish each student a successful year 13.

Yours sincerely

Mr Barry Kelly