Dear community user,
As you know, Putteridge High is preparing for opening to its students at the beginning of the autumn
term. This will be the first time since March of this year that all of our students and staff will return to
the school site.
The reopening of schools is being managed in the context of the Covid -19 pandemic, Government
guidance and controls, and specific arrangements that we must have in place to ensure that students
and staff are safe. The Autumn Term will represent a new operating environment and undoubtedly
new challenges for the school, its students and staff and we will need to retain a focus on teaching
and learning, monitoring and making adjustments to our opening arrangements as necessary.
As well as a centre for study, Putteridge has been proud to also offer its buildings and facilities to the
wider community for its use in the past although we have been unable to offer the school for community
use since Government restrictions came into place in February and March. Unfortunately, we have
also been advised as a consequence of those restrictions that the school’s lettings company has
entered administration and we must therefore consider how we intend to manage lettings in the future.
The Government has now issued guidance to the providers and users of sport and leisure facilities,
multi-use community facilities and outdoor sport and recreation. Chiltern Learning Trust has reviewed
this guidance and considered the consequences for Putteridge which would include the health
screening and tracking of users, restrictions on the number of participants, enhanced cleanliness
regimes in shared areas, restrictions on changing and use of shared equipment and enforcing
adherence to social distancing restrictions.
At the present time, the Trust does not consider that the school could safely follow the advice in the
relevant guidance, to make the space COVID-19 secure for community users.
This decision will be reviewed again before January 2021 alongside Government guidance which will
be updated. It is our hope that we can make our facilities available again to you as soon as possible.
In the meantime, I would like to express my sincere thanks to you for your continued support of the
school throughout this particularly challenging period.
Mr David Graham