12th May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well in these challenging times. I write to you to inform you of the ongoing provision at Ninestiles, An Academy and to provide guidance on the updates issued by the Prime Minister on Sunday 10th May 2020.
In line with government advice and guidance, Ninestiles continues to be closed to the general school cohort. We continue to provide schooling through our partnership with Yarnfield for the most vulnerable members of our school community and those children of key workers. This will continue for the immediate future and any required changes brought about by the Government announcements on primary schools will be communicated to you as quickly as possible. The Prime Minister announced that it was hoped Year 10 students would “spend some time with their teachers” ahead of the summer holidays. As changes emerge to the guidance we will work closely with you, our community and with staff to open the school in a safe and responsible manner. These updates will be communicated via the school website and government communications.
There will also be a large degree of flexibility in these plans as the Government responds to the R (Rate of Infection) throughout the coming weeks. It is really important that we all continue to follow the social distancing rules and this is forming the major part of our plans for a return to school in the future. I am sure this is an area you are also enforcing with your children at home and in your local communities.
Efforts are ongoing to provide stability and learning to all students at Ninestiles. Tutor staff will contact you on a regular basis to check in and ensure that you and our students are bearing up. If you require any support please do ask for it during these calls as we may be able to support directly or point you in the direction of those that can provide support. Subject staff are continuing to upload lessons to Sharepoint and provide access to online learning platforms which your child should be using on a daily basis.
I know that this time is a very challenging one and is placing a huge strain on every member of our community. Please do take the time to visit the safeguarding section of the school website and use the resources there to support your child’s and your own well-being. You will also find on the student portal a letter from our fantastic school counsellor, Mrs. Devonish, detailing emotional support agencies who can help and how to contact them.
At this time please also take a moment to share a thought for our outgoing Year 11 students who would now have been starting their main GCSE exam season, the culmination of 5 years’ hard work and untold stress. They will, of course, receive grades which are a testament to the work they have put in and they will be rightly proud of their achievements in years to come. I do hope they are already using this time to study and prepare for the next phase of their education so they can get off to a flying start! Our Trust partners at Solihull Sixth Form College have provided some excellent materials on their website.