This Friday, the 17th of July, will be the end of what has been one of the most tumultuous and challenging years I have known in my 24 years of teaching. I am both incredibly proud and extremely grateful for how everyone has pulled together during this time. With the exception of three bank holidays, Frederick Gent has been open since the 23rd March. From the many messages of support and thanks I know how much the work of my staff has been appreciated by you. Equally I want to, once again, express my gratitude to you for the way you have supported us and your children through this difficult period.
As one academic year ends we inevitably turn our attention to the new term that will start in September. Both myself, and all of the staff at Frederick Gent School, look forward to welcoming back all pupils from the start of the new academic year. Following my message last week on what this might look like I now want to inform you of what the return in September will involve.
Firstly, in my last letter, I suggested that I would like to give our new cohort of Year 7 one day to acclimatise to their new school without other year groups on-site. As well as allowing Year 7 a chance to orientate themselves this will also give us, as a school, a day to run through the systems we have put in place with 160 rather than 800 pupils on site. I can now confirm that the return date for Year 7 will be Monday 7th September.
Although I was keen to give Year 7 this one day I am also very keen to get everyone back as soon as possible. Based on this I can confirm that the return date for Years 8-11 will be Tuesday 8th September