Secondary Admissions September 2021

The online application process for applying to secondary school for Parents and Carers of Year 6 pupils can appear a bit daunting. If you need any advice or guidance, please feel free to contact me at school. This year, three additional lines for more schools to be listed as preferences have been added, to allow for the fact that the results of Trafford’s grammar school entrance tests will not be published in time for the closing date of the Common Admission Form, which is 31st October 2020. Full details are found here: https://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/schools/school-admissions/Admissions.aspx Please make sure you list several options in order of preference, rather than “putting all your eggs in one basket”! Do ask in good time if you are not sure about how to list your preferences, ensuring that you do not miss the deadline, as this would result in your application being put to the back of the queue, after secondary school places had been allocated to those people who submitted on time. Mr A Dutton...

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The DfE have issued new guidance on how schools can reopen safely in September and welcome back all pupils

Dear All, The DfE have issued new guidance on how schools can reopen safely in September and welcome back all pupils. This will be possible with a careful system of infection controls and other measures designed to  keep staff, pupils and their families as safe as possible. We will be updating our risk assessment to reflect this and will let parents and others know how we will be doing this over the next few weeks.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term Antony Dutton...

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The DfE have sent some detailed guidance and advice for parents on keeping children safe from abuse and harm.

The DfE have sent some detailed guidance and advice for parents on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. It brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus pandemic and signposts you to help and support that is available. If you have a concern about a child, please speak to me or one of the other deputy designated safeguarding leads in school, or contact First Response on 0161 912 5125, or out of hours on 0161 912 2020.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm/advice-to-parents-and-carers-on-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm Best wishes, Antony...

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An update from Jill McGregor, Trafford Council’s Corporate Director of Children’s Services

Dear Parents and Carers, Apologies for the very short notice, but after receiving an update from Jill McGregor, Trafford Council’s Corporate Director of Children’s Services at 9.30pm last night, I felt I should share the information with you as soon as possible. Following the late publication of the regional position on Friday, in respect of the change in the R value in the North-West, the council met yesterday to discuss the opening of schools in Trafford.  During their meeting they considered a number of local factors more specific to Trafford. The communication yesterday evening has “strongly advised” that we do not open for more pupils on Wednesday 10th June, but instead reopen on Monday 15th June at the earliest.   After a discussion with our chair of governors, Mr Wood and consultation with our SLT, we have made the decision to follow Trafford’s advice and delay our reopening until 15thJune, or later if further advice is received, as long it is safe to do so. In order to review and consider any issues that schools may have, Trafford will be meeting with Headteacher Cluster Leads and Union representatives today to share their position statement. This information will then be fed back to all headteachers and I hope to gain a better understanding of Trafford’s data. This will impact our Year 6 pupils many of whom were looking forward to returning to school tomorrow.  I sincerely apologise for the late notice given to our Y6 families, as I know many parents will have work commitments and the children will be excited about seeing their friends this week. Please note that school remains open for registered Key Workers’ children and those in vulnerable groups, as it has been throughout the lockdown. Please be assured that we will do everything we can to enable Year 6 pupils to return to schools as quickly as possible, but our priority has to be that it is safe to do so for staff and pupils. Yours sincerely Antony...

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