Dear Parent/Carer, further to my letter dated 16th December.
Phased Return to School
- We have now decided on a phased return for students in January to enable us to carry out LFT testing for students that have consented.
- On Tuesday 4th January and Wednesday 5th January students will work at home.
- All work will be uploaded to Google Classroom to facilitate this.
- All students will return on Thursday 6th January as normal at 8.40am (timetable week 1).
Lateral Flow Tests
- Please use the following link to complete the LFT consent form by 29th December https://tinyurl.com/swanleaconsent
- LFT appointment times will be sent out by text
- KS4 and KS5 LFT tests will be on Tuesday 4th January
- KS3 LFT tests will be on Wednesday 5th January
As the situation is changeable, please keep an eye on the school website for any updates
We held a summer school for some of our incoming new Year 7 pupils for a week from 9th Aug to 13th Aug. We invited a total of 42 pupils (both pupil premium and non-pupil premium pupils were identified, with selecting who we felt would benefit most from our transition provision. From the 42 pupils invited, 35 attended the Summer School and took part in many activities including: getting to know the school and its routines, discussing hopes and wishes and addressing any worries. Alongside this, pupils also had sessions on literacy, numeracy and science classes. They were also introduced to lego therapy, gardening, cooking, as well as some PE and games time.
The students all had a wonderful time getting to know each other and our key pastoral staff, including members of the Inclusion Department. As a special treat, for lunch every day our pupils received a Subway meal and other healthy snacks and refreshments, in our newly landscaped garden area.
The breakdown of costs for the summer school is set out below:
Meals and Refreshments £583.45
Resources for Summer School activities £1094.17
Staff Salaries for Summer School £4531.56
TOTAL FUNDING £6209.18
A message from the Mayor of Tower Hamlets:
Although almost all legal restrictions on social contact have been removed, I must emphasise how important it is that we continue to do everything we can to keep each other safe as Covid-19 infections continue to rise.
Wearing face coverings in crowded places, in council buildings, and on public transport will help us do that and give people the confidence they need to go about their daily lives.
While national restrictions are being lifted, I think the government should be encouraging people to continue to wear masks. It’s important to recognise we still have a duty to one another and wearing a mask in certain situations will continue to keep our community safe.
For more information, please click this link
We are asking that anyone over the age of 11-years-old who lives, works, or learns in Tower Hamlets has a PCR test for Covid-19.
This includes people who do not have any symptoms, people who have been vaccinated and people who have recently had a negative LFT (‘rapid’ test).
We are opening more testing sites for people to get tested or collect home test kits. Some of these will be temporary, all of them will offer walk-in testing, with no appointment necessary.
In addition to doing your one-off PCR test, we ask that you continue with regular rapid tests and follow the usual guidance if you have symptoms.
Visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/gettested for the latest information on testing options, locations and opening times, or you can call the council’s helpline on 020 7364 3030 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Why is more testing being made available?
Tower Hamlets has one of the lowest Covid-19 testing rates in London and we need your help to change it.
Testing finds Covid-19 cases and stops further spread, because people can self-isolate when they know they are positive. This protects everyone.
In recent weeks, a small number of Covid-19 variants of concern have been identified in Tower Hamlets. These variants of concern were first identified in Brazil and South Africa. Testing helps us learn more about these new variants, as well as reduce or even stop their spread.
With more social restrictions easing from Monday 17 May, more people will be coming into contact with each other, meaning it is important that everyone is taking regular tests – whether they have symptoms or not.
What does this mean for education settings?
Education settings should remain open as usual and continue to follow government guidance.
Please share this new testing information with your school community and display copies of our testing poster in your school or college from Monday 17 May:
- Letter to residents
- Testing poster for schools
If you have staff who do not live in Tower Hamlets, please ask them to do a test in the borough to ensure that it is picked up by the lab as part of Tower Hamlets testing.
Your local Health & Safety team have reviewed the risk assessment template considering these new Covid-19 variants. Please review and refresh your risk assessment to ensure that existing control measures are well implemented.
To support families to self-isolate when they need to, please share details of the council’s self-isolation support programme which offers a £500 payment to eligible parents who are required to self-isolate. Visit the council website to learn more.