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Letter to Parent/Carers - 4th January 2021

posted Jan 4, 2021, 8:07 AM by Mark Giudici

Dear Parents and Carers,

I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and in good health.

You will probably have seen or read the announcement from the government during recent days regarding secondary schools and colleges being asked to implement a phased start to the Spring Term, and being invited to set up a mass COVID-19 testing programme for students and staff.

The announcement can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/education-secretary-sets-out-school-contingency-plans-for-england

We will follow the government guidance on how to phase the start of term, which is intended to ensure effective education can continue but also reduce the spread of the virus as students and staff return after Christmas.

This means the following:

Phased start to the Spring Term
Week commencing Monday 4 January 2021

The government have offered schools the opportunity to use Monday 4 January as an additional
training day to support the preparations for the testing of staff and students going forward. We will be
taking this opportunity and so school will be closed to all students on Monday 4 January. We will set
remote learning for all students from 9am on Wednesday 6 January using Google Classrooms. Many
examination classes will be offered ‘live’ lessons on Zoom. Please refer to the section entitled
‘remote learning’ for additional information.

From Wednesday 6 January, the following students will return to school:

● Vulnerable children and the children of critical workers
● Students who are due to sit external examinations this week (only at the times of their external examinations)

We will use our existing lists compiled following the first national lockdown to identify students who
should be in school and will presume that, if your son/daughter attended school during the school
closures in the spring and summer term, then they will be attending from Wednesday 6 January 2021.

Should you need to discuss your son/daughter’s place please contact the school at

● dreddy@holyheadschool.org.uk or ddenny@holyheadschool.org.uk for provision for children with additional vulnerabilities
● 01215231960 to request a call back from Mr Evans about eligibility for key/critical worker provision

*Please note that all sessions will run from 10am until 2pm and have been fully risk assessed.

The definition of critical worker can be found here:
Week commencing Monday 11 January 2021

Students in year groups Years 11 and 13 will return to school. Further information will be sent to
parents/carers later this week about their return and the offer of COVID-19 testing in school and the
necessary documentation associated with this. The provision for children of key workers and
vulnerable families will continue.

Week commencing Monday 18 January 2021

Students in all year groups will return to school. Further information will be sent to parents/carers
about the full return of all students and the offer of COVID-19 testing in school and the necessary
documentation associated with this.

Remote Education

From 9am on Wednesday 6 January, remote education will be made available for all students via Google Classrooms. Year 11 and Year 13 students will receive live lessons via Zoom from Wednesday morning in preparation for their return to school on Monday 11 January. Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive live lessons via Zoom from Monday 11 January in preparation for their return to school on Monday 18 January.

Our remote education offer can be found on our website. Students who are identified as critical
worker children or a vulnerable student will follow the same remote education whilst in school.

Mass testing programme

We are positive about the potential for the mass testing of students and staff in schools, as a way of reducing the spread of the virus and enabling fewer students and staff to have to self-isolate. Setting up this programme in school is an incredibly complex operation. We have been sent some information about how it should work already, but more detailed guidance is expected to be produced by the government over the next few days.

We will not, therefore, be in a position to have this programme up and running from Monday 4 January but aim to have this in place for the week commencing Monday 11 January. We will let you know more about our plans as soon as we can. It is worth noting that all testing will be voluntary. In the meantime, when students can return to school, we will continue to implement the safety measures we have been using in the autumn term with any enhancements required by Tier 4 restrictions.

Free School Meal Vouchers

We intend that from Tuesday 5 January families who are in receipt of free school meals will continue to have vouchers issued. This will be reviewed on Friday 8 January.

Please accept our apologies for having to send this letter so late but I am sure you will appreciate that the information needed to be shared with you as expediently as possible.  However, there have been many different announcements made during recent days which have provoked differing opinions within central and local government. You will have also seen in the press that teaching unions have a particular view. We await the outcome of discussions over the coming days and will watch for announcements affecting primary schools closely.

Thank you for your patience and support following these recent changes to the start of the new term. I apologise in advance that this week is likely to require more letters with updated information. I remain mindful of information overload but I am committed to keeping you fully informed. May I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year! Thank you for your unwavering support of our important work under such difficult circumstances.

Yours sincerely,

Ross Trafford
Principal

Key Dates for the Autumn Term

posted Nov 13, 2020, 5:33 AM by Mark Giudici   [ updated Nov 13, 2020, 5:57 AM ]

Key Dates for the Autumn Term: November & December

Part 1: Early finishes for Curriculum Review meetings
  • Tuesday 17th November - Year 10 Curriculum Review Meeting
  • Monday 30th November - Year 9 & 12 Curriculum Review Meeting
  • Tuesday 15th December - Year 7 Curriculum Review Meeting
Further to the letter sent out on Arbor on Friday 2nd October about the need for additional deep cleaning measures and the impact on having to bring our post-assessment Curriculum Review meetings forward in the day, there are three further occasions before the end of term where all year groups will be finishing early during Period 3, while staff remain in school to carry out the year group specific Curriculum Review meetings.

The first of these occasions is Tuesday 17th November which will be focused on the Year 10 curriculum following their recent assessments. On each of the afternoons listed above, students will be leaving the school site using their normal entrance/exit gates during, or at the end of Period 3 to facilitate staggered exits for the year groups at the following times:

  • Year 9 to leave at 12.20pm via the Payton Road gates
  • Year 8 to leave at 12.30pm (Not on Tues 17th November as the year group is self-isolating) via the Holyhead Road gates
  • Year 11 to leave at 1.00pm via the Holyhead Road gates
  • Year 7/13 to leave at 1.10pm via the Payton Road (Y7) and Milestone Lane (Y13) gates
  • Year 10 to leave at 1.25pm via the Holyhead Road gates (Not on Tues 17th November as the year group are learning from home)
  • Year 12 to leave at 1.30pm via the Milestone Lane gates (Not on Tuesday 17th November as the year group are leaving at 11.30am)
Students on Free School Meals will still be able to collect lunch before they leave.

Teachers will post learning resources on their group’s Google Classrooms for students to complete remotely when they get home so they are continuing their learning whilst not able to be in the lessons during Period 4, and will also provide personally recorded instructional videos to support students with their learning.

Part 2: Year 9 Tutor/Parent Learning Conversations - Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th December 3.30-5.30pm

These dates have been put back by 2 weeks from those originally planned and sent out in the same letter in October, this being due to the postponement of Year 9 Assessments with the need for the year group to self-isolate from Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th November. The Year 9 Tutor/Parent Learning Conversations will take place on those dates between 3.30 and 5.30pm, with parents able to book appointments using the Arbor Parent Portal under Guardian Consultations.

Part 3: December CPD Day - Friday 4th December

Following our decision to delay the return of students in September until all parents and students had been given the opportunity to meet with Form Tutors, we have only 3 more planned Continuing Professional Development Days throughout the remainder of the year. The next of these days is scheduled to take place on Friday 4th December and the school will be closed to all students.

The remaining two CPD days will be held on the first day of the Spring and Summer terms on Monday 4th January and Monday 19th April.

Thank you once again for your support and consideration as we work to prepare for the changing circumstances which COVID is presenting to schools and students at this time. Decisions like this to finish on-site learning early are not taken lightly, however, the nature of the challenge this year is to make sure that the curriculum in each subject, for each year group is flexible and teachers respond to the needs of their groups based on accurate assessments, whilst maintaining hygiene standards meet the strict requirements of the times.

Letter to all Parents/Carers - August 2020

posted Aug 6, 2020, 5:37 AM by Mark Giudici   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 5:38 AM ]

Dear parents/carers,

I hope you are safe and well, enjoying the summer. The school is starting to increase its operations in preparation for GCSE and A Level examination results. This also means that we are starting to resume some normal services from next week.

Much has happened in the last few weeks with the most significant being emerging concerns about growing COVID-19 infection rates in the Smethwick and West Bromwich areas of Sandwell, our immediate neighbours. We are monitoring the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data reports and taking advice from the Public Health Protection Team. We will respond immediately if any area surrounding B21 goes into localised lockdown. At present, we are evaluating the situation but intend to proceed with our reopening plans for September.

The Department for Education has produced some guidance for parents on September reopening.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term

Our plans in response to this guidance can be found by clicking on the dashboard we have created on the school website.

The best way to receive a simple explanation of how we plan to keep your child safe and how we are modifying our curriculum and educational programmes, is to meet with us in person 3 - 11 September.

We are starting the new term by meeting with all parents.

Eventually, a booking for Tutor/Parent contact week can be made using the Arbor Parent Portal. Please register on Arbor using the link below if you haven't done so already.

https://holyhead-school.uk.arbor.sc/?/home-ui/index

In the meantime, we have put everything you need on the school website including some opportunities to continue learning over the summer.

Continued learning during the six weeks holidays is especially important for the current Year 10 and 12 cohorts. Please see separate email/Arbor message sent to students/parents.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Yours sincerely,

Mr R Trafford
Principal

Continued Learning for Years 7 - 9

posted Jul 17, 2020, 4:29 AM by Mark Giudici

17th July 2020


Dear Parents/Carers of Year 7-9 students,


Thank you for your ongoing support throughout this difficult period, we have been overwhelmed with your kind words, positive feedback and the hard work that you have been putting in to support your children with their home learning since March. As we begin the summer holidays, it is paramount that we ensure that our students continue to feel supported with their learning and recognise the importance of being fully prepared for when they start school in September.


For this reason, staff at Holyhead are currently working to ensure that our curriculum is thoroughly planned to address any opportunities in missed learning. We are committed to closing the gap so that no student at Holyhead is disadvantaged in any way by this unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in. 


Parents and students in Years 10 and 12 have already been written to explaining the summer holiday revision programme through the Exam Preparation work that has been set in face to face Tutorials to be ready for their assessments on the return to school in September.


For those students in the current Years 7-9 who have not been in school since March, we will continue to signpost students to online work which can be accessed during the summer holidays. This work can be found through the school website and also through our in-house platform of Google Classrooms. Much of this work is taken from both Oak Learning (the national ‘online school’ set up by the government in April) and BBC Bitesize. These two platforms have been producing lessons in many subjects for all year groups from Reception to Year 10 including maths, English and science since April, and whilst they will take a break from uploading new daily lessons from next week, you will be able to access their archived resources from the past 4 months. The lessons include features which have been created by teachers and educational experts. There is a selection of videos, animations, practice activities and quizzes to keep students engaged throughout the summer.


Please refer to the ‘Continued Learning for Years 7-9’ button on the school website over the summer where you will be directed to the hyperlinks for each year group. These will, in turn, take you to the subject specific learning that has been signposted by our staff.


This is not a direct demand and instruction for students to work through these activities on a daily basis during the holidays. We are fully aware of the amount of time and effort that students and families have put into the work set over the past 4 months, and we thank you for your ongoing commitment. We would like to encourage students to look at the links and see what interests them though, especially as 6 weeks can be a long time with hours to fill. There is significant research, including from the Education Endowment Foundation about the benefits of home learning and homework which indicates it can help lead to 5 months of additional progress for students who are into the right habits. By accessing these links, students will be able to opt into relevant and highly professional resources developing their knowledge and understanding of content in advance of September.


We are very much looking forward to working together with you on our common goals supporting your child in everything they do from this point on. We look forward to seeing you in September for the Tutor/Parent Contact Days. 


Our continued best wishes to you all and your families over the summer holidays.


Yours faithfully,


D Reddy                                                             D Knox

Deputy Principal, Behaviour & Attitudes     Deputy Principal, Quality of Education

Letter to Parents/Carers - Final Week of Term

posted Jul 16, 2020, 12:38 AM by Mark Giudici

Dear Parents/Carers


As we enter the final week of term, I would like to thank all parents for their partnership in the schools educational and wider social mission. Your support with remote learning activities has given your child every chance of combating the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Directors of Learning are working hard to adjust the curriculum and to find creative ways of identifying and responding to any gaps in learning. This includes continuing with Google Classrooms so that students can supplement and extend their classroom learning at home.


It has been a time of tremendous communication challenges. Thank you for reading and responding to our messages on ParentMail. We have now launched Arbor and Parent Pay in order to build upon the excellent communication links we have established. Please follow the registration links you have been sent. We will also follow this up when we meet with you in September. 


Those meetings in September are absolutely vital in our attempt to ensure we listen and respond to your hopes and fears. I am looking forward to telling you more about improvements we have made to the school. I also seek to reassure you that the school has done everything it can, and more, in order to keep your child safe. We take our responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of your children very seriously. Much more about our safety procedures and other useful information can be found on our newly formatted website. You will find everything you need on the homepage using ‘quick links’ we have set up. You should also follow the school on Twitter @holyhead_school. 


The school will only run a very basic service during the first two weeks of the summer. After that, rotas are in place to ensure we are open for your face to face, telephone and email enquiries. The Holyhead Helpline where students can request support with Safeguarding matters will remain open throughout and a team is in place to monitor messages. 


Finally, I want to offer a personal thank you for your support and encouragement during this difficult time. Being the Principal during recent months has been very challenging but your empathy and your kindness has helped me to keep going! I hope you have found the communications from members of my team useful. I will be continuing with a fortnightly parents newsletter in September. 


Please stay safe. I appreciate everything you are doing to support the school.


Best wishes,


Ross Trafford

Principal


Moving from ParentMail to Arbor

posted Jul 2, 2020, 7:19 AM by Mark Giudici

2 July 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

RE: Moving from ParentMail to Arbor

During the COVID-19 period of lockdown it has become very clear that the school relied upon effective communication with parents and carers. ParentMail has been used to keep parents/carers updated about the school’s educational programme; its response to Government guidance; and the health and safety procedures that have been put in place.

It has also been used to communicate important messages about the use of information technology and the school’s administration of Free School Meals vouchers. We would like to take this time to thank you for reading and responding to any messages. As the government continues to release more information, we will work hard to keep you fully informed.

ParentMail has served us well during recent months and as part of our commitment to strengthen the effectiveness of communication with parents/carers, we are moving to a new system called Arbor. You will be receiving an email or text message in the coming days that explains how to register for this new system. Communication has never been more important. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties with registering your account with our new platform.

In ten school days time, we will lose the capacity to see you face-to-face or communicate directly with the students. It is vitally important that we can reach all parents using the new Arbor platform. Please look out for the instructions in the coming days. It will come from enquiry@holyheadschool.org.uk.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Bowen
Vice Principal

New Intake Parent Letter, June 2020

posted Jul 2, 2020, 7:18 AM by Mark Giudici   [ updated Jul 3, 2020, 2:26 AM ]

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30th June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome to Holyhead 2020

I am pleased to inform you that your child has been successful in gaining a place at Holyhead and I look forward to welcoming them and you to the school.

In order to prepare for your child’s admission, I am taking this opportunity of writing to inform you about the arrangements we are putting in place this year as a result of the restrictions due to the COVID19 pandemic.

We have set up an area on the school’s website especially for you and your child which we will be populating with lots of information for you and activities for your child. I would like to invite you to have a look at this, please click on the link www.holyheadschool.org.uk or copy and paste into your website browser. You will be able to take a virtual tour of the school, have a look at and download the documents required for entering your student into the school. You will also find a special page just for your child which we will be filling with lots of activities. This web page will be updated regularly, so please do keep coming back and taking a look at what is new!

It is our intention, where your child is attending their junior school, to arrange a virtual meeting with them and members of our Transition Team, Mrs Denny, Vice Principal and Mrs Parker, Head of Year 7. We are talking to the junior schools about setting this up.

If your child is not currently attending their junior school, we shall be in touch to make alternative plans to meet them. I would ask that if this is the case, please can you email the school by Thursday 9th July to: transition@holyheadschool.org.uk or telephone the school on 0121-523-1960 and ask for Mrs Parker or Mrs Denny. So that we can identify your child, can you please provide your child’s name, date of birth, junior school, your details including phone number and an email address to enable us to respond directly to you.

The School has recently invested in a new Management Information system called Arbor. You will be able to login to Arbor to monitor your child’s Attendance, view their timetable and read assessments. You will also be able to track your child’s behaviour. More information about the Arbor ParentPortal and how to use it can be found on the school website.

If you haven’t already provided the school with an email address please email transition@holyheadschool.org.uk and we will ensure that an Arbor account is set up for you. Please look out for a welcome email from Arbor over the next few weeks.

It is our custom to arrange an evening for you and your child to have the opportunity to meet the staff who will have direct responsibility for your child’s welfare and provide us with any information which you think will be useful for us to know about your child. As this will not take place this year, if there is anything you wish to discuss with the school, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email to the transition@holyheadschool.org.uk or by telephone to Mrs Parker or Mrs Denny.

I do understand that at this time many students and their parent/carers have some worries about the move from primary to secondary school – it is vitally important that you make contact with the school so, together, we can sort out any difficulties.

Please find attached a booklet entitled ‘My Happiness Box’ for your child to complete in advance of them joining Holyhead, a copy of this will also be on the School’s transition page. I do hope they will enjoy filling it in and for us to get to know a little more about them. If you are able to scan and email it back to the school at transition@holyheadschool.org.uk that would be great. Don’t worry if you are unable to as we are more than happy to receive the book when your child attends the school in September.

I shall be writing to you again with some further information in the next week or so.

In the meantime, please do visit the school website.

I look forward to welcoming you and your child to Holyhead personally.

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Trafford

Principal

Attachment: My Happiness Box

School Reopening Update

posted Jun 2, 2020, 6:35 AM by JGRANT@holyheadschool.org.uk   [ updated Jun 2, 2020, 6:48 AM ]

Dear Parents/Carers
2nd June 2020


As promised in our previous letter dated Thursday 21st May, we are providing an update on the current situation with the proposed opening of the school for 'face to face tutorial' sessions for Year 10 and Year 12 students, which are designed to support the continuation of online learning. In our previous letter we were working to a timescale based on previous government guidance which aimed for secondary schools to look to provide this form of provision from Monday 1st June, a date by which we did nqt believe the school could be made safe and ready for a return of staff and students.

It is now the intention of the government for secondary schools to reopen this half-term to Year 10 and 12 students from Monday 15th June at the earliest. This announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday 24th May is more in line with our own planning and we are currently working very hard to put those plans into place to be able to safely welcome back smaller groups of Year 1 0 and Year 12 students from Monday 22nd June. This will not affect our current on-site provision for vulnerable children and those of key workers which will continue as normal and will take place separately from the Year 1 0 and Year 12 tutorials when they do return to school.

In another change, the Department for Education guidance now states that schools should only have ~ of the students in Year 1 0 and Year 12 in school a day, so we are now amending our plans to timetable a maximum of 50 Year 10 students and 32 Year
12 students to be on site each day provisionally from Monday 22nd June.

As previously stated in our communications regarding school reopening, there will be no return to school before September for Year 7-9 students. Online learning will continue using Google Classrooms for all students, with Year 7-9 exclusively being
educated online until we receive further guidance from the government (the DfE has yet to provide any guidance or information on plans for secondary education from September).

Our previous letter also provided you with an update on the measures already taken to make the site Covid-19 secure, the provisional plans for staff/student timetabling and the proposed Next Steps that we would be taking in preparation to ensure that we can open to these smaller groups of students from Monday 22nd June. We do not propose to repeat all of that information here again, however, we are providing an update on the Next Steps we will be taking following the most recent DfE guidance.

Next Steps from now until reopening

We intend to take the following steps to help to provide you with the confidence that it is safe for your son/daughter to return to Holyhead in this limited capacity at first:
  •  A team of staff will begin to make 'return to school' phone calls to all families of Year 1 0/12 students this week which will help us to find out the likely numbers of students who will be attending from Monday 22nd June. A key question that you will be asked is whether you are willing to send your child to school from Monday 22nd June. This is a decision that you should make as a family and we are here to provide you with the information you need to reach a decision. It is important to stress that should you decide to change your mind, you are free to, but we would appreciate you informing us of this by contacting the school reception. 
  • We will provide a virtual tour of the site, showing the measures we have taken to make the site Covid-19 secure available on the school website and social media platforms. 
  • We will send a leaflet and a letter home explaining the expectations and standards that are required to ensure learning will be able to continue whilst maintaining social distancing and hand/respiratory hygiene measures along with a copy of the tutorial timetable. 
  • A revised timetable of tutorials will be developed to ensure that we are following DfE guidance in terms of the numbers of students on site in any one day. 
It is essential to stress again that the decisions on reopening will be based on health and safety grounds, and should we not be 100% confident that we are ready to return on Monday 22nd June then we will push this date back to the following week. We alongside governors must ensure that safety is the priority over speed, and we will be guided by this principle. We thank you again for your patience and support with this.

Our continued best wishes to you all and your families. 

Yours faithfully,

D Reddy                                                                 D Knox
Deputy Principal, Behaviour & Attitudes         Deputy Principal, Quality of Education

Safeguarding Update Letter, 30 April 2020

posted May 1, 2020, 3:12 AM by Mark Giudici   [ updated Jun 23, 2020, 1:30 AM ]

Dear Parents/Carers, 

 

The reason I am writing to you is because you may be aware of the recent fatal stabbing of a young father in Smethwick.  Unfortunately, the attack was recorded and the clip has been shared widely on various forms of social media. We are extremely thankful that no Holyhead students were involved but some of our students may have received this clip and may have even viewed it online.  This is a very disturbing video, and I urge you to be vigilant in relation to your child's online activity.  If you know that your child has been affected by this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a Designated Safeguarding Lead via enquiry@holyheadschool.org.uk or with me, using ddenny@holyheadschool.org.uk directly. The Police have asked members of the public not to watch the video.  Having seen it ourselves, we echo this sentiment.  Sadly, this incident is accompanied by two other serious incidents in the locality and in the context of growing concerns about increases in the Handsworth crime rate during lockdown.  It appears that criminals are taking advantage of the current situation.  Please, please keep your children at home and comply with the Government instructions about staying at home.  We want everyone in the Holyhead community to remain safe. 

 

Following this, I have been in communication with civic leaders and members of the community who are expressing concerns about compliance with social distancing measures within the Handsworth area.  The local streets seem extremely busy. 

 

In summary, our advice is as follows;

 

  • Follow the Government guidelines and stay inside unless it is absolutely necessary to go out - see www.gov.uk

  • Be vigilant on how your child is accessing social media - www.gov.uk/www.nspcc.org.uk

  • Talk to your child to see if they are concerned about anything, or report your concern to a member of staff

  • Refer to the Holyhead Safeguarding page for other agency contact details

  • Signpost your child to the student wellbeing page where there is various information on mental and emotional wellbeing

  • Alternatively call Birmingham Children’s Services(0121 303 1888) or the Police (101) if you are concerned about a child’s safety. Thank you for your continued support,

 

Yours faithfully,

                                                  

Mrs D Denny                                                                                Mr R Trafford

Designated Safeguarding Lead                                                   Principal

Reading Week - W/C Monday 4th of May 2020

posted May 1, 2020, 2:56 AM by Mark Giudici   [ updated Jun 23, 2020, 1:30 AM ]

Dear parents/carers,

During the week beginning Monday 4th of May 2020, we are launching Holyhead Reading Week 2020. 

When students log-in to the Google Classrooms they have become accustomed to, they will find recommendations left by their class teachers. I am pleased to announce that we have invested in a platform that makes thousands of E-books, audio books, comics and graphic novels available to our students for FREE! Instructions of how to download the app have been emailed directly to students. There is also information and instructions available on the school website. For those students who have let us know they are struggling with IT access, we have written a letter explaining the option to pick up books from school. They can download the app and read the material on their phone. 

Why is parental support with Reading Week so important? 

According to the International Reading Association (Moore et al., 1999, p. 3): 

           Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives. They will need literacy to cope with the flood of information they will find everywhere they turn. They will need literacy to feed their imaginations so they can create the world of the future. In a complex and sometimes even dangerous world, their ability to read can be crucial. 


Literacy has benefits for mental wellbeing.  Did you know that reading and writing can be beneficial to your child’s wellbeing, and help them have a happy and healthy outlook on life? 

National Literacy Trust research shows that children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to have good mental wellbeing than children who don’t enjoy reading. 

  • If your child is facing a particular problem, reading a book that covers the subject could help. It can help them make sense of what they are going through, and feel that they are not alone. 

  • You don’t have to be a great reader yourself. Audio books are a great way to enjoy stories and still gain all the benefits associated. 

  • Picture books can be a great way of talking about difficult topics with children. They can even work well for older kids. 

  • Getting lost in a good book can be a great way for a child to forget about stress and worry. It’s also a great way for a child to develop empathy skills and understand other points of view. 

  • Reading a funny book could make your child laugh and feel happier. Reading books together is a great way to share a positive experience with your child. 

  • Reading before bedtime is a great way to switch off from the day. A relaxing read before bedtime could help your child prepare for a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed. 

There are also enormous benefits on the development of literacy which has a positive impact on a child’s overall academic achievement. 

During this week, students are not required to read a book from every subject. That is not possible. 

They need to try each of the teacher recommendations and get a feel for what they might enjoy or what peaks their interest. We will follow this up with some activities and a competition, the following week.

Please get involved and lend us your support. Never has reading been more important and the horrible circumstances in which we find ourselves, present an opportunity to do something positive and productive. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and please visit the school website. 

Best wishes,

Ross Trafford

Principal
Holyhead School

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