The Lent Term saw us take a series of measures to reduce the risk of infection as soon as news of COVID-19 emerged. Our main priority has always been the health, safety and welfare of pupils, staff and all those in our wider community. We are very grateful for all the co-operation and understanding we received from all members of our community, especially parents, in this regard. As families in the world over are affected by both illness and the range of implications caused by this present situation, the importance of supporting one another remains at the forefront of our minds.
Given the current situation, we are working under the assumption that we will not be operating LJS in the normal way over much, if not all, of the Summer Term.
Whilst we are physically closed and government restrictions across the UK remain, we are regretfully unable to welcome visitors to either Oundle School or Laxton Junior School unless specific attendance arrangements have been confirmed. This sadly includes all prospective parent visits, which are on hold until further notice. Over the course of this term we shall be in touch individually with all parents who had hoped to visit. In the meantime, our website and social channels are all being kept updated with news, information and videos.
These are times of the most extraordinary challenge. Whilst we may not have the pleasure of our community’s daily company, we are more committed than ever to providing continuity of education and pastoral support for all our pupils throughout this crisis. At the end of the Lent Term, we moved to a remote learning model which will launch in full on Tuesday 21 April, the start of the Summer Term. A detailed guide about our remote learning programme will be sent to all parents and pupils and a bespoke website page is being set up to bring together all the work that is being undertaken throughout the LJS community. Staff have put in an inspiring amount of work into the necessary training and curriculum development for the online world; they have approached this new way of working with the sort of passion and collaboration that emphasises what makes LJS so very special. There will of course be challenges, but we are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead.
Trips over the Easter holiday were cancelled and parents will be issued full refunds. It is likely, with the assumption that we will not be operating in the normal way over much, if not all, of the Summer Term, that most School events and trips this term will be cancelled or postponed. More information on decisions and individual trips will be made available in due course and parents and pupils communicated to.
Throughout May and June we were greatly looking forward welcoming all of our new Reception pupils into School on a regular basis for a carefully programmed transition ahead of them joining us fully in September. We shall be in touch with all our prospective parents regarding this as soon as we can and would like to take this opportunity to assure all of our prospective pupils and their families that we will do everything we can to ensure the best possible transition given the circumstances we are all facing.
We continue to do everything we can to support those in our local community, especially those vulnerable and self-isolating, through our extensive Community Action programme. The Corporation of Oundle School has donated hundreds of PPE items to the NHS and loaned our most advanced 3D printer to a local parent who is making face shields for Peterborough and Kettering NHS trusts. Our catering department has made a significant food donation to local community and we are grateful to all members of staff who are giving up their time and resources to help all those in need.
We will continue to update this page with any developments. We will also, as usual, email parents and staff directly with more detailed information. Parents, pupils and other members of the community may wish to follow any of our social media channels as we will continue to share posts that connect us a community and that give highlights of our remote learning approach.
If you are a member of the media, please contact Rachel Makhzangi, Director of Communications:
T: 07703 609267