Headteacher Summer 2021 Message
Well, it’s been a very busy first week of the Summer Term and so lovely to see school returning more to ‘normal’! Even our ‘CEV’ (clinically extremely vulnerable) students are back and it’s wonderful to see them socialising with their friends and being able to learn in school again. We have welcomed new students to the Main School and they are already enjoying life at Welburn Hall.
We are so grateful to all of our parents and carers, who’ve been so supportive in Spring Term. We’ve all had to put up with so much and now it does seem that finally things are getting a little easier.
Here at Welburn Hall, we’ve been innovative in how we deliver the curriculum throughout Covid, including developing outdoor learning onsite. Darren and Jenna Kendall (Site Manager and ATA) have constructed and fitted out an outdoor classroom, on the Farm. It’s simply delightful and the children and staff couldn’t wait to see inside and check it out!
This term we would normally be building up to all sorts of events, chiefly the Garden Party on the first Saturday in July, the leavers’ events, talent shows and all sorts! The Senior Leadership Team have decided that although we can’t run everything this year, we will be hoping to hold significant events for the Year 11 and Year 14 leavers and their families. The Home School Association (HSA) have decided to postpone the Garden Party until September, as we want to ensure we celebrate 2021 as the 70th anniversary of the School’s opening. The HSA have some new parent members but we are always looking for more, so please contact Kim in the office if you are interested!
Currently we are fundraising for outside play equipment; much of our resource is both old and for primary aged pupils only. We are lucky to be supported by Morrisons Community Champion scheme and there are plans for the HSA to hold other events to try to raise money; all ideas welcome!
There is much excitement about the future of Welburn Hall. Pupil numbers are rising at such a rate, we are becoming oversubscribed in all age groups. We are working closely with the local authority as part of their December 2020 review of Welburn Hall and their wider SEND strategic plan, all of which indicates that the school is going from strength to strength!
None of this would be possible without the amazing staff team, who are simply the best! They couldn’t do their jobs without the full support of our lovely parents and carers and of course the engagement of our pupils. Here’s hoping Summer 2021 does see the end of all Covid restrictions and a happier end to this academic year.
Marianne Best, Headteacher