11 May 2020: St Michael’s response to last night’s Ministerial speech
Many of you will have seen last night’s speech, by Boris Johnson, in which he outlines a number of stages, now that the virus appears to be past its peak. We know that as part of this, reference was made to education, albeit high level. It is important to recognise that the Prime Minister’s words were heavily caveated and conditional: “If we as a nation begin to fulfil the conditions I have set out, then in the next few weeks and months, we may be able to go further. In step two at the earliest by June 1st after half term, we believe we may be in a position to get primary pupils back into schools, in stages, beginning with reception, year 1 and year 6. Our ambition is that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays.”
We recognise that this will be causing angst for children, pupils, parents and staff. At this time all schools are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education which we are expecting later this week. It would be remiss of us to speculate on the detail but assure you that we will be in touch once we are in receipt of more information.
Whatever decisions we take, we will be guided by the advice at the time. We are committed to supporting all of our children, staff and parents at this difficult time.
Excited to learn with confidence together in God’s hands.
At St Michael’s we are guided by our Christian values to inspire one another; encouraging confident, committed and caring children to flourish through life’s journey.
“Love God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your strength; and love your neighbour as yourself.”
Here at St Michael’s we share an excitement to learn so that all members of our school community can flourish. Our delightful, enthusiastic and caring children are central to all that we aspire to achieve. We are proud of our rich curriculum, wealth of extra-curricular activities and strong links with our local community, especially St Michael’s Church. Our website merely provides a snapshot. Please do contact us if you would like to visit us or find out more.
What our parents say:
‘Fabulous and highly encouraging school. Thank-you.’
‘We continue to be really impressed with St Michael’s both academically and culturally.’
‘My child has had the opportunity to take part in a number of clubs and competitions. All the staff have been really supportive and the students have made my child feel really welcome. The strong Christian values underpin all of the work the staff do here and I am glad we made the decision as parents to move my child to St Michael’s’
What our children say:
‘I really enjoyed the trip to Whitemoor Lakes. It taught us life skills such as team work, courage and perseverance.’
‘I learned about Churchill and Hitler in Year 5. Mr Hayward went deeper into the subject. He made us understand it better, so we will remember it for a long time. Also Evacuee Day made it real.’
‘I love Science as Mrs Steele mixes the educational side with the fun side and this really helps us to learn. It is easier to remember because it is interactive physical learning.’