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Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,

I just wanted to share with you all some of my thoughts. This is as both your Headteacher but also as a parent.

The last few weeks have been a great challenge for all of us. For some it will have been greater than others and for all sorts of reasons. We all have a different story and all have different circumstances.

There has been a great amount in the press today and in the last few days that seem to be very negative towards school and unions. Even to the point that teachers are being called cowards, or that it’s about time they did their bit, and that the unions are just being obstructive. From my point of view, the discussions that have been ongoing with the unions are all based around safety for the school and community. This is my personal opinion and I appreciate others will have differing ones.

All I need to know is that there is an acknowledgement from the government and DfE of the risks associated with opening schools and there are strategies mitigating this risk. I am being asked to potentially make life and death decisions which I am not trained to do. I take my job and all its responsibilities very seriously, I am ultimately accountable and I need to know that I am doing the right thing by you all.

Part of me wants to just say ‘oh come on let’s just get on with it’, but this would be reckless and irresponsible. My priority is and has always been the safety of children in our care, the safety of our families and the safety of our staff and wider community.

One of main worries is that all the conflicting types of information could have a negative impact on the trust between school and families. It is crucial that we know exactly what the level of safety and risk currently is. We desperately want to get to the point of wider school opening as soon as it is safe to do so. We care deeply about the children we teach and we will be as prepared as we possibly can to welcome back Years R, 1 and Year 6.

What I have noticed at Churchgate is we have an even stronger sense of togetherness, a real school community. Not ‘us and them’, not ‘you and I’ but a ‘we’ sense of collectiveness. I know I am being rather general and I’m sure there will be those who disagree, but for me Churchgate is together. The comments we have had from you many have been overwhelmingly positive, supportive and encouraging. The commitment of my staff has been exactly what I hoped; teaching each day, throughout bank holidays and the Easter break for our key worker children, and finally the trust and care you have all shown has been remarkable.

I just want to get this right for you all, and not take any risks or compromises that could cause any of us to be in danger; I don’t want to let you down.

#churchgatetogether

Mr Tye

head@churchgate.essexs.sch.uk