Letter to Parents/Carers

22 October 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

It has been a fast-paced half term and certainly not easy for schools and families, as we navigate our way through the pandemic. A huge well done and thank you to the students, parents and staff for their hard work, resilience and flexibility.

Cowley has not coasted for one moment through the pandemic and continues to enable students to have a full school experience with learning and extracurricular activities. It is wonderful to see students joining clubs, sports teams and performing arts. The college musical is taking place this week and, as usual, this is an amazing and professional production. Thank you to staff and parents for their support to enable this to take place during the pandemic.

The year of achievement is going very well. Students continue to demonstrate those Cowleian characteristics and show their positive attitude and behaviour to learn. This half term, 99% of student lesson marks have been ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and this incredible achievement for the students was reflected in the celebration assemblies that took place yesterday. Parents are informing us they are liking the new Class Charts as it is enabling them to have that live knowledge of their child; there will be more developments with Class Charts over the next half term.

In theory, we can return back to where we were in September. However, we are going to play safe, as there is concern about COVID numbers rising across the country. We will be keeping many of the protective measures in place after half term, students can continue to wear face coverings if they choose, and we will update you if we receive any further guidance from the DfE or Public Health England. Regular testing is critical – so please continue to Home Test during the half term break and record results Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Winter is coming!
We have been blessed with some mild weather this half term. However, this will not continue, and we need to prepare ourselves. Cowley is following PHE and DfE guidance by having good ventilation in classrooms to prevent the spread of the virus. We are fortunate that we have a modern and high-quality heating system that regulates the temperature in the building. However, it could become cold for students who are seated near open windows. In this situation, the teacher may give permission for students to wear coats in the lesson. This permission does not extend to corridors and social/dining areas, as these areas are warm and well ventilated. Saying this, there are other things that you can do to help your child be comfortable in the cold weather and fulfil our uniform policy: http://www.cowley.st-helens.sch.uk/index.php/uniform-footwear-and-equipment/
Wearing a pullover
Our policy states, “Pullover (Optional) Black, wool type v-neck only (no sweatshirts)”. We recommend that students use this option during the winter months.
Wearing a base layer
We recommend that students wear a suitable base layer under their college shirt.
Outdoor coats
Our policy states, “Dark coloured anorak or coat. No leather or denim”. Currently, many of our students are using a ‘hoody’ as a coat – these hoodies are for outdoor use only. Please be aware that this also applies to PE kit hoodies and tops.

I hope you and your family are well and if there is anything the college can do to help, then please do get in touch with us.

Mr Cormack