Headteacher Letter 12th Nov 2021

Posted on: 12/11/2021

Dear Parents and Carers

We have had another busy week at Ansford and there is the definite feel of winter approaching. Our senior students were selling poppies this week for Remembrance Day and yesterday all tutor groups spent time reflecting on the significance of this day, with materials provided by Miss Harries, before observing a minute’s silence at 11am. Ms Hirst arranged another event this week for our Year 7 and Year 8 students: the 'Bin It!' roadshow. The roadshow seeks to tackle the anti-social issues surrounding a variety of topics including recycling and re-usable waste. With the COP26 summit reaching its conclusion, there was also a focus on what we can all do, at an individual level, to help the environment. The organisers of the roadshow said that in seven weeks of travelling the country and performing to schools Ansford Academy students stood out as having the most creative ideas and enthusiasm for making a change.

Update on Public Health COVID Risk Assessment

The Somerset Public Health Team have conducted their reviews of individual risk assessments for all schools in Somerset which, for almost all schools in Somerset, have remained the same as at the last review and additional control measures will remain in place until the end of November when they will be reviewed again. The main reasons for this are that, whilst infection rates are declining in some parts of the county overall rates in Somerset remain high and significantly higher than the national rate. 

At Ansford, this means that we will continue to:

  1. Unless exempt, wear face masks in both communal areas and classrooms
  2. Keep windows and doors open at all times to maximise ventilation
  3. Continue the adjustments to the school timetable to allow for an extended break and lunch so that year groups have specific slots for use of the canteen
  4. Keep the changing rooms closed which means that students need to arrive in PE Kit on the days that they have PE. A reminder that this should be our school PE Kit, details of which can be found on the school website.
  5. Pause whole school assemblies and risk assess any activities involving students from different year groups or whole year groups. 
  6. Risk assess any planned extra curricular activities and either making the necessary adjustments to ensure safety or stopping the activity
  7. Stop any external fixtures

We will also continue to encourage students and staff to:

  1. Continue with twice weekly LFD testing and reporting results 
  2. Maintain good hand hygiene, sanitising or washing hands regularly
  3. Take individual responsibility for socially distancing and avoiding close contact with each other (i.e. to maintain a more than 2m distance)
  4. Avoid the sharing of drinks bottles, lip salves or anything else that touches the lips

We do appreciate that this will be frustrating for families who were hoping that restrictions would be lifted at the end of this week. However, it is important that we are all working together to keep our community safe.

Reminder of Key Dates

  1. The COVID and flu vaccinations here at Ansford are Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd November. Further information about this was shared yesterday so do let us know if you haven’t received it. However, there is no need to communicate with us directly about the vaccination process or to give your consent as this is dealt with by the immunisation team.
  2. Our next parents’ evening is for Year 9 on Thursday 18th November and Year 9 parents will have already received information about this. Many parents have already booked their slots but there is still time to do so if it hasn’t made it to the top of your list. 
  3. As we have only received 50 responses so far to our parent and carer survey, it will remain open until 4pm on Monday 15th November which will give a bit more time for completion. Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/rCW7hDzeNo4Bn9ER9

As usual, please contact the school by email to mailbox@ansford.net or by phone to 01963 350895 if you have any questions, queries or concerns.

Yours faithfully

Rachel Purnell
Headteacher

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