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Transition 2020 - 2021

Welcome

Hi there! If you have found yourself on this page it must mean you are parents/carers of a pupil who is starting at Strathmore this September!

Firstly, let us welcome you to our school community. Our leadership team, teachers, support staff, therapists and admin are a friendly bunch and will be here to help you throughout your Strathmore journey. On this section of the website you will find a variety of resources that may help to answer your questions, calm your worries and enlighten you.

This year we are in a tricky predicament due to Covid-19 and are not able to offer transitions in the way we would usually be able to. We are trying to find ways in making our new parents feel confident and comfortable without having new pupils in to school for transition days. You will find some useful videos of our wonderful school campuses and what they look like, a video of our therapists explaining how therapy is structured/provided and a video about other fun things we provide as a school. You should have all received an email from transition@strathmore.richmond.sch.uk regarding your child’s transition.

Please check your junk mail just in case, and if you did not receive this please email the transition email address introducing yourself. Keep coming to this page for up-to-date information about September. We will keep you updated on Strathmore’s decisions based on what the government guidelines are.

We are getting closer to the Summer Holidays and in anticipation of this, we are beginning to get materials ready for the Summer and September. Within each of the Key Phase folders (down the left-hand side) there are Social Stories to read to/with your child to support their understanding of their transition to Strathmore. Keep an eye out in these folders for activities to try over the Summer as well as supportive resources

We look forward to meeting you all properly in September but for now, please view the videos below to learn more about Strathmore School.

Strathmore September Re-opening

At the moment we are expecting to be fully open in September. Staff return to school on 2nd September and pupils are expected on 7th. Should there be a Leicester like situation before the 2nd and the direction is to keep schools closed, the school will contact you via email/ text saying what the plans are. We all hope that such a scenario doesn’t occur but clearly it is a possibility. 

I have read the Government guidance which, for the first time includes guidance specifically aimed at Special Schools. Essentially it echoes what I have said to Governors and staff which is that the risks to your children of not being in school far outweigh the benefit of shielding. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus is low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. It is a balance of risks. The prevalence of COVID 19 has significantly decreased. Public Health England is clear about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools. The Guidance is clear about the system of control with prevention and response directions. All of these are already currently in place at Strathmore. 

 A small number of pupils may be unable to attend in line with the individual health advice they receive because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus. From September the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absences.  

We will not be able to socially distance although new government advice is that from September children in bubbles do not have to socially distance. The expectation is that staff will, but we know that is impossible at Strathmore so we will continue to adopt the rigorous hygiene practices already in place. 

However, because children and young people are brought in on locality-based buses which are not class group-based, we cannot create small bubbles. In effect, each campus will be one big or, at St Richard Reynolds campus, bigger bubble. Which does mean that should a pupil or member of staff have a positive test we would need to close that campus. Of course, nobody wants that to happen but it is a risk and I am trying to balance those risks. 

In September school will be ready for everyone – there is a programme of works to be carried out and school will be deeply cleaned and, in some places, repainted. We look forward to seeing all children and young people in September.

Ivan

 

A virtual tour of all three campuses

 

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What we offer at Strathmore School

 

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Therapy at Strathmore School

 

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