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5th January 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

St Nicholas Catholic High School will be closed to students from Wednesday 6th January until further notice.

We do not underestimate the significant burden that this will, once again, place on families at this uncertain time, and the difficulties it will present for all our students. We want to assure you that staff at school have worked tirelessly to secure alternative arrangements for students to work from home.

Remote Learning

  • All content will be provided via Microsoft Teams with students following their usual daily timetable – a guide on how to access these lessons and further details are

available here on the school website – https://st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk/remotelearning/

  • The timings of lessons will be the same as the 2020-21 school day and school will start at 8.45 with a virtual Form Period.

Staff will be monitoring their emails on a daily basis, but we ask for your patience as staff look to balance their professional responsibilities alongside their own personal health and that of their dependants.

Forgotten Passwords

Email : admin@st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk to request a password reset.

Pastoral Care and Support

The Form Period is an important part of the day’s learning. Time will be spent focusing on the pastoral curriculum, engaging with Sacred Space, meeting with the Form Teacher, providing pastoral support, and checking on how learning is going.

Learning Mentor support

Please also note that when School is open from Monday to Friday, there is a ‘Drop-in’ service available where students can meet with a Learning Mentor. This service will be available ‘virtually’ during school hours (term-time only). Any student can e-mail: Drop-in@st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk from their school e-mail account.

Questions and Queries

Understandably, there may be questions and concerns that arise as we respond to this ongoing situation together. In the first instance, I would politely request that you access official Government sources of information via the website: www.gov.uk
Additionally, we will continue to post responses to Frequently Asked Questions on the school website Covid-19 page.

Should you then require further clarification, I would ask that you use the following email addresses in the first instance:

  • Examination Information –

Mr Spencer: s.spencer@st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk.

  • Subject specific questions in relation to work set – please email your child’s class

teacher directly.

  • All other questions and concerns should be sent to admin@st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk.

Safeguarding

If you have any concerns during this period of school closure then please follow relevant guidance on the School Website under ‘what to do if you have concerns about a child’

 

Free School Meal Vouchers

Please note that vouchers will continue to be posted home to eligible families in lieu of Free School Meals not being taken in school. We will update families as the term progresses.

School Events

We are currently auditing our school calendar and will offer further guidance on scheduled events planned for the term ahead.

Key Workers and Vulnerable Children

The school will remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children. These students will follow the online lessons and will be supervised by school staff. For more information or to request a place, please email schoolclosure@st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk

 

We thank you, as always, for the continued support you offer to the St Nicholas community.

 

Yours sincerely

Richard Woods

Headteacher

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