Head Teachers Message to Parents

Head Teachers Message to Parents

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and your family have had a good summer and enjoyed some of the additional freedoms following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. It was also a pleasure to meet many of our new Year 7s who attended our Summer School between 9th to 13th August. Following the letter I sent out on 20th July, I would like to remind you of some important information in respect of the start of the new term.

As part of the government’s plans, the College has set up an Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS) for all children to complete two supervised lateral flow tests, 3 to 5 days apart, when they return to school. This can only be completed if we have parental consent for testing. If you haven’t given consent, please click here for the TCC Consent & Registration Form for Covid-19 Testing. This testing is seen as an essential part of the government’s strategy to prevent significant transmission of the coronavirus in education settings at the start of the new term.

There will be a phased return to school in September to accommodate student testing, the dates of which are as follows:

  • Tuesday 7th September – First day for Year 12 and 13:
    • Year 12 at 0900hrs – Students to go to room 68 in the Sixth Form
    • Year 13 at 1100hrs – Students to go to room 68 in the Sixth Form
  • Wednesday 8th September – First day for Year 7 – Students to go to the College’s Main Hall
  • Thursday 9th September – First day for Year 11 – Students to go to the YMCA Sports Hall
  • Friday 10th September – First day for Year 10 – Students to go to the YMCA Sports Hall
  • Thursday 16th September – First day for Year 9 – Students to go to the YMCA Sports Hall
  • Friday 17th September – First day for Year 8 – Students to go to the YMCA Sports Hall.

COVID cases remain high and the College will retain a number of control measures to help mitigate the risk of transmission. These include ensuring there is good hygiene practiced by everyone, an enhanced daytime cleaning regime, keeping occupied spaces well ventilated and following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19. The College is no longer required to complete contact tracing, but it will support NHS Test and Trace as necessary. Your child will, at this time, be permitted to wear a face covering for their own wellbeing or if they are vulnerable.

A detailed information booklet to help both you and your child prepare for the start of the autumn term can be found here.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer break and I very much look forward to welcoming your child back to school in the coming days.

Best wishes

Dr Jeremy Plumb

Headteacher