March 31, 2020

Update on Coronavirus – 31/03/20 at 16:30

Dear Parents,

Easter Holidays

The school buildings are closed for the Easter holidays from 16:30 on Wednesday 1st April, and whilst we appreciate that there isn’t much holidaying going on, we hope that all will be able to do something a little different.

There will be lots of exciting things still posted for children to be doing…

Normal curriculum will resume on Tuesday 21st April.

Communications

We will keep in touch with parents throughout the Easter break, but not daily. Between now and the end of the week, you will receive grade cards for children in Years 7 to 10; the Holly Leaves in digital format; an update (tomorrow) about our billing for next term and then the bill. This is the equivalent of our end of term mailing, though items will arrive separately. I hope all are accessing these essential updates.

We ask parents with general queries to remember to contact us via info@hollygirt.co.uk. From tonight, we have 22 workers on furlough, the government scheme to protect jobs and support businesses. All enquiries to any of these individuals will receive an out of office reply and be directed to the info line. These do not affect the scheduled curriculum delivery, offer of pastoral support, management or bursary.

Mrs Nicholson’s nursery children will be looked after by Mrs Scott, the EYFS manager. She knows all the Nursery children well.

Exams

We are still awaiting news from Ofqual about how grades for Year 11 will be determined. This is expected by the end of this week. We will keep parents posted of any updates we receive and if we have anything we need – for example, possibly the return from students of mock scripts to add to our evidence base. However, please do not post anything to school at the moment as we are not receiving deliveries.

Fees for the Autumn Term 2020

At this time of year we usually give you notice of the fee rise for September which enables us to cover increasing costs of services received and salary rises.

As we are in the middle of a turbulent time and we are aware of the on-going impact nationally of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) we are not raising the current fees to parents for the September Autumn Term 2020. 

Termly Fees, therefore will be:

Nursery */Reception         £3216

Years 1+2                             £3232

Years 3-6                              £3446

Years 7-9                              £4110

Years 10-11                          £4230

*nursery fees are subject to reduction of pupils qualify for EYFS 15 hours funding. Our full terms and conditions are published on the website and available on request.

The above is on the assumption that school is operating normally from September. We are at the mercy of the government on this call.

Notice

At the same time as sending out the letter about fee increase, (not increase for September), I also remind parents of their obligation to give the school a full terms notice should they wish for their child(ren) not to return to school for September. This should be received by the first day of the Summer Term, i.e. Tuesday 21st April.

Enquiries for the roll in September

We are still getting enquiries for September and though the normal admissions process is not possible, we are calling up any prospective parents to discuss possible arrangements. Should you know people looking for a place, do encourage them to get in touch with us via the info email (info@hollygirt.co.uk).

The Easter Message (the following message is from Dr McKitterick, Physics Teacher)

For all pupils/parents who were wanting a Christian Easter assembly/message, Dr McKitterick would like to offer his church’s YouTube page which will be added to weekly. Sparks praise each week is superb. The Easter service should be particularly good, but so are services to date. The songs were recorded prior to distancing rules.

To access go to playlists at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXWk7A6ijQGyoBjE713jaeA or click on link at bottom of web page for Cornerstone Church Nottingham (Castle Boulevard).

 The attached document has activities for children of all ages including much click and play.

Keep your spirits up and enjoy.

Mrs Pam Hutley
Headmistress