Parent Briefing – 23 July 2021
Dear parents and carers
Today’s briefing is the final one of the summer term. It contains several important reminders to support you over the summer break and to help you prepare for the new term in September. Provisional timetables for September were emailed to parents earlier this week and a uniform reminder is included with this briefing. We also want to ensure that everyone remains safe and well over the summer and have updated the wellbeing sections of our website with some helpful contacts over the summer should you or your child need support or someone to talk to while College is closed. http://www.launceston-college.cornwall.sch.uk/supporting-wellbeing/ http://www.launceston-college.cornwall.sch.uk/student-wellbeing/
We are looking forward to sharing details of our move over to Class Charts from September. Class charts will allow you to view homework, praise and sanctions for your child easily through an associated parent app and we will communicate these details with you in the autumn term.
Details relating to results days on Tuesday 10 August for A level, and Thursday 12 August for GCSE, can be found in the exams section of the website.
We are really looking forward to welcoming Year 6 to summer school for the week beginning Monday 9 August, followed by Year 7 for the week beginning Monday 16 August; thank you to all parents and carers that have supported this provision. Confirmation packs have now been sent out by email to the families of students attending. The relevant information is also available on the website. In accordance with current government guidance we are asking Year 7 students to test on the evening of Sunday 15 August and Wednesday 18 August, and to report their results to the College as well as to the NHS. If reporting a positive LFD test result please also email email@example.com and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. There is no requirement for Year 6 students to test before September.
The Autumn term starts on Tuesday 7 September for all students and you can find term dates for the next academic year here
In accordance with current government guidance, asymptomatic testing will resume on site at the start of the Autumn term for all students that have previously consented. If you have not previously consented but would now like to do so the consent form can be found on the website. The government has asked that all secondary school students should receive two on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term. Students should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed. The testing rota for September can be found here
A small-scale testing centre will remain on site after the first two weeks for those students who are unable to take LFD tests at home.
Asymptomatic testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. Over the summer the government does not require students to LFD test, unless coming into College for summer school, however, we are pleased to be able to offer test kits for all and would encourage as many students as possible to continue LFD testing. Students have received additional test kits in IAG this week to bring home for the summer. Students will only need to report their test results to the NHS and not to the College during the summer holidays, unless they are attending the Year 7 summer school from Monday 16 – Friday 20 August.
Please follow this link to access the uniform guide for 2021-22. There have been some minor adjustments but no major changes, however we would encourage you to read it carefully so students are best prepared for September.
Over the course of the summer you may need to replace uniform items that your child has outgrown and we very much appreciate your support with this. Uniform underpins the Launceston College identity and has a big influence on students being ready to learn.
We would like to draw your attention to the length of skirt that students wear; these should be knee length. Price and Buckland, our supplier, sell skirts in a range of lengths that would fulfil the requirements of our guidance. You can access the site from the front page of the website.
Just to highlight a few things of note: socks should be black and we ask that students wear shoes not boots or trainers.
If you feel that you need any support with uniform then please contact your child’s House team in the first instance, we are always happy to help.
Thank you for all of your support this year and I wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday.