Update from the Headteacher – Thursday 19th March

Dear Parent/Carer

As you know yesterday, it was announced that schools will close to most students on Friday 20th March.   St. Crispin’s is prepared for this event and has strong, indeed, now well-tested arrangements for supporting remote learning.  Our priority over the next two days is to ensure a safe and orderly close of the school to the majority of students.  This includes setting our expectations and providing guidance for students regarding their independent learning routines over the coming weeks.  Especially important to us is to support students’ emotional well-being and particularly those who are very distressed regarding the change in arrangements for public examinations.  We are comforting students in these circumstances by helping them understand that although this moment of assessment has been taken from them what can never be stolen is all they have learnt, all they have gained in knowledge and honed in skillLearning lasts forever it is never devalued by not being measured.

I will write later this afternoon to all parents/carers confirming our remote learning plans, arrangements next week for students whose parents are key workers, who are vulnerable or who have an Educational, Care and Health Plan (ECHP) and confirming the partial opening arrangements for tomorrow.

 

Ginny Rhodes




Tuesday 17th March – St. Crispin’s closed for Year 12

Dear Parent/Carer

Following the increased measures set out in the Prime Ministers announcement yesterday we have unprecedented staff absence this morning.  Therefore and with considerable regret St Crispin’s is closed to Year 12 on Tuesday 17th March.  The Headteacher will write to parents/carers later today setting out the  future partial opening plans.  Given the advice on social distancing the Spring Concert and Year 8 parents evening will not take place this week.

Ginny Rhodes

Headteacher




COVID – 19 – Health advice for Parents/Carers

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Remembering Win Patterson, former St. Crispin’s Deputy Head, who has sadly passed away

It is with enormous sadness that I share with the St. Crispin’s School community that Win Patterson, past Deputy Headteacher, Maths Teacher and Dearest Colleague, has passed away.

Win was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease shortly after retiring and with the greatest of strength and courage faced this cruel disease with enormous fortitude.

Win joined St. Crispin’s in 1991 and was a most wonderful colleague giving his working life to the deepest care, kindness and personal encouragement of thousands of past and present staff and students.

Katie, Win’s daughter, along with family and friends are running the Reading Half Marathon in April in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katie-banks7 I am sure there are many in the St. Crispin’s community who might wish to contribute to this most worthy of causes.

Ginny Rhodes
Headteacher