April 29, 2020

Years 7-9 Notice to Parents

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping safe. I am writing to you to highlight the importance of students completing work set for them whilst we are going through this difficult time. Teachers at Chadwick are working tirelessly to ensure that work is set daily and I want to thank those students that have shown thus far, their commitment to their learning and have accessed and submitted work. There are however, a number of students who have still not accessed any of their work.

We recently conducted a survey with parents of year 10 students and as a result of this identified discrepancies with what some children were telling their parents. To alleviate this, we have decided to inform parents of the work that is being set through the Edulink app as the results identified some parents who thought their child had been completing the work set when in fact the work had neither been accessed nor completed. This way we hope that we can work together and ensure that a sufficient amount of work is being completed.

We realise that it is not realistic for students to complete 5 hours of work a day without the subject specialist teachers, especially whilst there are many of you also working from home. However, we do ask that you try to support 2 hours a day for Years 7-9 where possible and 3 hours for year 10 as a minimum.

As Principal of OCA, I cannot stress enough to you, the importance of a good education in providing future opportunities for your children. The Department for Education classes about one in four state school pupils as disadvantaged, defined as having been eligible for free school meals within the five years before sitting GCSEs or, if they have ever been in care or adopted from care. At Ormiston Chadwick, this figure is one in two children with 50% of the school population classed as disadvantaged. This brings with it challenges, especially for your children in this current climate whereby they are not receiving the face to face classroom teaching so many of us for so long have taken for granted.

At Ormiston Chadwick, it has always been our mission to improve the life chances of young people who are disadvantaged by providing them with an excellent standard of education. Our results have demonstrated that we can compete with the very best schools in the country and make a real difference to our pupils. I therefore ask for your support in ensuring that your child is completing the work set for them at this time. All students have access to support from their teachers between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

Whilst this may seem like a nice holiday for a teenager right now, what this actually could represent is 350 hours of lost learning time if schools do not return until September or year groups are prioritised for a return before the summer.

Therefore, please can I ask that you encourage your child to complete the work set for them, as failure to do so will only hinder their future. If you are struggling with supporting your child with their school work we will ask for further details shortly in a survey to parents in years 7-9 and try to offer you some further support and advice.

Yours sincerely

Mrs J Lowry-Johnson


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