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Prince Albert High School virtual open evening

Dear Parents/Carers,

To reflect the ongoing situation with COVID19 and the current restrictions imposed in Birmingham we are writing to inform you that the PA High parent information events due to take place on Thursday 24th September will now take place online.

Whilst this is disappointing as we were hoping to speak with you all face to face, we must ensure as a Trust that we are adhering to all local authority guidance in order to keep everyone safe and well.

The Prince Albert Community Trust remains unwavering in its commitment to providing opportunities for you to ask any questions you may have about PA High and learn more about this opportunity for your child.

Therefore, we will be offering a virtual open evening on Thursday 24th September at 4pm on Microsoft Teams. To join us for the open event simply register your place by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/121587307911.

What will the virtual open event involve?

Our virtual open evening will enable you and your child to find out more about what life will be like as a pupil in the first ever cohort of students at Prince Albert High School.

Our virtual open evening, delivered by the Prince Albert Community Trust CEO Sajid Gulzar, will bring you talks and information on our brand new purpose-built school. We will also explore our vision and values, curriculum, the school uniform, the school day and our extra-curricular opportunities. You will have the chance to meet our newly appointed founding Head of School and ask any questions that you may have.

If you have any further enquiries regarding PA High or the virtual opening evening please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively you can speak to Mr Aldred in school.

We look forward to welcoming you

Prince Albert High School information event

We understand that you may have lots of questions about PA High and may want to hear more about all that PA High has on offer for your child. As such we felt it important to provide this opportunity in a face to face forum in a safe way. In order that we can deliver the information event safely you will need to book online to attend by following the unique web link provided in the table below. By booking online this will enable us to ensure social distancing by limiting the number of people in attendance for each session. Please note that due to the current restrictions you will only be able to book a maximum of 2 spaces per family.

The PA High information event will be taking place on Thursday 24th September 2020 at Birchfield Primary School. To secure your place at the information event please ensure that you book directly through the website link provided below for the time you wish to attend.

Time   Website link to book a space
15:30-16:10pm  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/119822533423
16:10-16:50pm  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/119822778155
16:50-17:30pm  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/119822846359
17:30-18:10pm  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/119822942647

 

If you have any further enquiries regarding PA High or the opening evening please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively you can speak to Mr Aldred in school.

We look forward to welcoming you

 

Dates for your Diary

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we do our very best to try and get things back up and running, I attach some dates for your diary which include non-uniform days and teacher training days too (when school will be closed to ALL pupils.)

Sadly, due to the current Covid-19 situation, dates are subject to change and it is currently extremely difficult to make plans. Some school events that we usually look forward to and celebrate together may not be able to go ahead. 

These dates take us up to beginning of our Spring term. I will write to you again with specific dates for that term before we break up for Christmas.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding,

Mrs Thewlis

Head of School

 

Diary Dates:

Tuesday 13th October 2020: KS1 Parent’s Evening (Times and details to follow – COVID-19 dependant)

Thursday 15th October 2020: KS2 Parent’s Evening (Times and details to follow – COVID-19 dependant)

Monday 19th October 2020 Non-uniform day: School fund donation

Friday 23rd October 2020: School closes for half term

Monday 2nd November 2020: Teacher Training Day - School closed to all pupils

Tuesday 3rd November 2020 School re-opens to pupils - Autumn term 2 begins

Friday 13th November 2020: Children in Need day (themed non-uniform for charity donation)

Thursday 17th December 2020: Christmas Party Day Non-school uniform (party clothes)

Friday 18th December 2020: Last day of term School closes at 1pm for all pupils

Monday 4th January 2020: Teacher Training Day School closed to all pupils

Tuesday 5th January 2020: School re-opens to pupils Spring term begins

Welcome back to Birchfield families, September 2020

Dear Parents and children

Welcome back! I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed the time together despite the uncertainty and the concerns that Covid19 continues to present for us all. 

I know you will have mixed feelings about your child returning to school; the last few months have been a difficult time for everyone. The Birchfield team are here to help and to ensure that this runs as smoothly as possible for us all. 

Please ensure that you have re-read the parent information pack on the website before you return to school.This detailed pack has been put together to help you plan and prepare for the first few days and weeks as you get used to being back at school. For any further questions, please contact the school via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the school office on 0121 464 5661 on Tuesday 1st or Wednesday 2nd of September so that a member of the senior team can get back to you. 

As you may know, there have been some concerns recently reported about the infection rate in parts of the city. We are monitoring all updates carefully. Please be reassured that we have carried out a very detailed risk assessment of operations to keep our site as safe and secure as possible. As an additional measure, we would like to ask that all children stay in school for lunch - they may bring a packed lunch or have a school lunch as you wish. We will of course keep reviewing the guidance and responding as needed.

School will reopen for pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 on Thursday 3rd September, with a slightly staggered start for Reception and Nursery children as is usual. All arrangements for each year group are in the parent information pack. I am so looking forward to seeing you all and having our school community back together again.

See you soon!

Mrs Thewlis

Reopening in September - information for parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers

I am sure you will agree that we are living through extra-ordinary times. The year 2020 will be one that I am sure future generations will learn about in school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during these difficult times, the many messages my colleagues and I have received have been welcomed.

We are planning, in line with the latest guidance from the government and the Department for Education (DfE) to open each of our schools to all pupils in September. Each school leadership team along with our Central Support Team has carried out extensive and detailed risk assessments to make our schools as safe as possible for the children when they return. Each Head of School will write to you this week with the information you need about your school. From September, things will be a little different for parents/carers and the children due to the safety measures we will have in place.

The children's well-being will be our main priority when they return. We will also of course be making sure that your children catch up with the learning they have missed out on as soon as possible. Some children may be worried or anxious about coming back to school after such a long time, let me assure you that the school staff will be doing everything they can to help.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Sajid Gulzar
CEO