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 represented a new operating environment and new challenges for the school, its students and staff, however, we retained our focus on teaching and learning, monitoring and making adjustments to our opening arrangements.
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 2020. 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.
We will be moving into a new school building later this term and the decision will be reviewed again, alongside Government guidance which will be updated.
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