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Shenley Brook End School

Shenley Brook End School

Headteacher's Blog

I’m not sure if a short term just started or a long term just ended, but either way, the holidays are here! We look forward to seeing students once again on Monday April 12 with all of the usual covid routines still in place on return. Many thanks for the huge level of support we have had with our efforts to keep the school as secure as possible.

I have a number of messages to share; the first one about uniform. Thank you for ensuring that your son/daughter attends school in the correct uniform. We have tried to be accommodating where students have outgrown items of uniform such as school shoes or skirts during lockdown.  It has been really helpful when parents have put a note in the learning passport to communicate any difficulties they have had.   Non-essential retail is planned to be opened under the second step of restrictions easing from 12th April onwards which is the first day back to school after Easter holidays.   Although the timing if this is not ideal we will allow this week for families to make any purchases and expect all students to be back in full uniform from Monday 19th April onwards.   This gives plenty of time for families to make arrangements between now and then to replace items that have been outgrown.  Maisies, our school supplier is still taking orders and I encourage you to visit their website  Search results (maisies-superstore.co.uk)                    

Students need routine and consistency, and we will be raising our expectations with uniform after Easter. Please support us by ensuring students have appropriate footwear (plain black shoes without a heel/ no branding), appropriate length of a skirt (knee length and of a pleated of straight style) and attend with minimal make up, one set of earrings and remove any hair dye and acrylic nails.   The full details of our uniform policy can be accessed in the following link Shenley Brook End School - Uniform (sbeschool.org.uk)

Testing at home throughout the Easter holidays for schools and colleges

Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme on the return to school and college, it is vital to keep testing at home throughout the Easter holidays and into the summer term. I have been asked to pass this message on to all students and parents:

  • test twice a week at home from now on (all those who are able to)
  • report results online as positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping us to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country
  • continue to test twice weekly over the Easter holidays
  • test before returning to school or college for the summer term, either the night before, or morning of, the first day back, to find and isolate any positive cases

Families and households can also access home test kits for adults.