Mrs McWilliams’ message on Future Pathways
Ms Pollock’s message on Senior Phase expectations and opportunites
Mr Sherry’s message reflecting on the First Minister’s most recent statement.
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Mr Munogee’s morning message on Engagement.
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Mr Falconer’s Options and Learner Pathways message
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Video message from Mrs Wilson, Mrs Brown and Mrs Humphries to support the return of our Senior Phase pupils.
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Mrs Sherry’s message
Mr Sherry’s video message relating to the recent First Minister announcement can be accessed below.
Welcome to the homepage of Lanark Grammar School.
(Now updated with information on pupil self testing kits.)
Message from the Headteacher (Updated 14.02.2021)
We now know from the First Minister’s statement on 2 February 2021 that there will be a phased return of Senior Phase students to secondary schools from the week beginning 22 February 2021. Ms Sturgeon stated that there will be ‘…a part-time return, albeit on a limited basis, for senior phase pupils to allow in-school practical work that is necessary for the completion of national qualification courses. Initially though, it is intended that there will be no more than around 5-8% of a secondary school roll physically present at any one time for these purposes.
We also intend to allow small increases in existing provision for children and young people with significant additional support needs where there is a clear and demonstrable necessity.
The First Minster will confirm on Tuesday 16 February 2021 that these proposals can be implemented therefore we have working on how we shall make this happen in Lanark Grammar School. Plans are well underway with our model of delivery and, following the First Minster’s statement, we shall communicate with students and parents/carers directly via email on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February about provision for individual students. In addition, we shall post general information on our website.
Learning provision remains available for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils which commenced on Thursday 7 January 2021. A number of pupils are in school each day supported by teaching staff and School Support Assistants.
This support is being provided if you and your partner are currently employed as key workers, or if you are a single parent and a key worker. If you cannot make alternative arrangements and wish to take advantage of this then please complete this form.
(Full definition of those classed as key workers can be found in the form).
The Scottish Government has put in place a programme where staff in education settings and Senior Phase students currently attending school, can undergo Lateral Flow Device Testing on two occasions each week. These tests can be self-administered at home and do not need to go to a laboratory for a result. The programme will begin for staff week commencing 15 February and for students week commencing 22 February 2021. Further information and supporting documentation is available on the Covid-19 information page which can be accessed by clicking here.
The Senior Leadership Team will continue to post videos on a weekly basis to support our students engagement in remote learning and ensure that their wellbeing is supported. Parents/carers have been issued with our document ‘Delivering Education in Disrupted Times’ which provides further information and insight into how students should access learning during the period of school closure. We feel that through delivering learning in a scheduled fashion, linked to each student’s individual timetable, provides a strong framework for learning and brings a rigour and pattern to their week which will best prepare them for the return to school when is is safe to do so.
Over the next week or two the Senior Leadership Team will be reviewing student engagement in remote learning and taking appropriate steps to support those for whom engagement would appear difficult. We shall also be sampling the views of parents/carers at this time to gather some initial perspectives on remote learning.
The safety of all members of our school community is underpinned by two important documents which can be accessed through the links below. The first is a Safe Systems of Work document which applies to all South Lanarkshire Council education establishments and the second is our school’s individualised Risk Assessment.
Face coverings: the school has a supply of both re-usable and disposable face coverings and these are being issued to pupils on a daily basis when they require one. A number of our students have an exemption to wearing a face covering with parents/carers being asked to complete a short Google Form to let us know. Pupils with an exemption have been issued with a green lanyard to indicate to others their exemption.
Best wishes for the New Year and take care.
Communication at Lanark Grammar