Staff Shortages Update

19th January 2022

RE: Staffing shortages update for parents

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following my letters yesterday and on 4th January 2022, it is with deep regret that today, I have had to write to parents of Year 7 informing them that we have no further option but to move Year 7 students to remote learning provision for two days. Year 7 parents have been written to separately with full details and information.

At this point in time, this will only affect year 7 students for the reasons outlined above. All students in Years 8-13, including Greenfield, should continue to attend as normal.

This decision has not been made lightly and is an absolutely last resort, made in close liaison with Cornwall Council and Public Health Cornwall. It comes as a result of severe and prolonged staff shortages that have become increasingly challenging to manage and impacted even further by the cluster in Year 7 that I wrote to you about yesterday. Our absolute first priority must always be the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.

In my letter on 4th January 2022, I outlined a series of measures that we were taking to protect against having to move to remote learning. These have included:

  • Ensuring robust protection measures, including on-site testing and home self-testing recommendations, to limit the spread of infection and the number of students and staff required to self-isolate. For a reminder of these please click here.
  • Increasing the capacity of our supply bank and bringing in additional agency staff to cover staff absences.
  • Cancelling trips, visits and non-essential events.
  • Collapsing interventions to release staff to cover other essential roles.
  • Merging small classes where appropriate and safe to do so.
  • Redistributing support staff to cover lessons where appropriate and safe to do so.

Given the updated government guidance on shortened isolation periods, we are hopeful that this will only be necessary for these two days. However, if the severe staff shortages continue further into next week, we may be forced to move to a rota-basis involving four days in school and one day remote learning for each year group (excluding examination years).We are, of course, hopeful that this will not be necessary but would write to you with as much notice as possible.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding with this very difficult situation. As always, should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the contact us section of the website or our reception desk.

Yours sincerely

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams