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Letters to Parents

This page contains letters and messages that have been sent to all families.  Most, but not all letters are posted here.

Letters are generally sent by email.  If you have been directed to this page via a text message, this means that we don't have your email address.  Please let us have it!  Sending information via email saves the college a considerable amount of money and is a much more efficient way of communicating with families.  You can advise us of your email address by sending a message via the following link:

If you have received a text message directing you to this page, please see the most recent letter below and click on this link to advise the college of your email address

 

Please also register with School Gateway and download the app: http://www.thespirescollege.com/parents/school-comms-school-gateway 


 

Most recent letters and messages:

(please click on the links to open letters)

Letter regarding increasing your data allowance for online remote learning 14JAN21
 
Letter to Year 11 and Year 13 re exams in 2021
 
All students will access online learning from Thursday 7 January.  Details are in the letters below.
Letter - update re arrangements for online learning, etc. for January 2021 06JAN21
Remote Learning Guide Jan21

 

Letter re arrangements for online learning, etc. for January 2021 V2 04JAN21
Letter re updated Government announcement for Jan 21 31DEC20
Letter re Government announcement for Jan 21 18DEC20

 

Very important reminder from Ms Newton 16 December 2020

Dear parents and carers

I am sorry that I need to write again with yet another Covid-related notice.  However I have become aware that some parents are still sending their children to school when a member of the household is displaying Covid symptoms or awaiting a test result.  You must not do this.

If any member of your household develops any symptoms of Covid-19, the entire household must immediately self-isolate whilst the symptomatic person gets tested.  You can only end this household self-isolation if the test comes back negative.  This is not a regulation of our making, this is set out in law.

We would have had to send significantly fewer children home this term if everyone had followed this rule.

Many thanks to those of you who are complying with this legislation.  The impact on others of not doing so should not be underestimated.

Yours faithfully

Alex Newton

Principal


 
Information about Coronavirus / Covid-19 during the Christmas Break

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of term, please read, and take careful note of, the following information about what to do if your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) during the school holiday.

If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus on either Saturday 19 December or Sunday 20 December, please ensure that you arrange for them to be tested straight away because your child may have been infectious whilst in College.

If your child tests positive for coronavirus and their symptoms started on either Saturday 19 December or Sunday 20 December, please email testresult@thespirescollege.com to let us know.  This email address will be checked daily at 10 am up to and including 24 December.  Please do not use any other staff or College email addresses. Please inform us straight away.

If your child tests positive for coronavirus and their symptoms started on or after Monday 21 December, you do not need to contact the College.  Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace. 

Finally, it is imperative that if your child (or any member of your household or support bubble) has any COVID symptoms prior to the start of term on Wednesday 6 January that they do not come into College until they (or the member of your household or support bubble) have had a test. 

With best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas.

Jane Richardson
Senior Vice Principal

 

Letter from the Director of Public Health in Torbay 14DEC20

 

Letter regarding last day of term - 18 December 2020 09DEC20
 
Information Letter from Ms Newton 08DEC20

 

Letter with information and reminders about coronavirus 19NOV20
 
MESSAGE FOR PARENTS FROM TORBAY COUNCIL:

Are you worried about losing your home?
Anyone can find themselves homeless and knowing you may not have somewhere to live can be a scary time.
 
The first step is to ask for help and Torbay Council’s website has lots of information and contact details of charities and organisations that can support you in working out the next best steps. 
 
If you are worried that you won’t be able to pay your rent or mortgage, or have found yourself living with family or friends, there is help out there.  
 
You may have found yourself in a situation where your relationship with your family has broken down and you have had to leave, or your Landlord has served you with an eviction notice, the sooner you ask for help the better.
 
To see what support there is and who can provide you with advice visit: www.torbay.gov.uk/worried-you-might-lose-your-home/


 
We have a dedicated page on this website for information about Coronavirus / Covid 19: https://www.thespirescollege.com/about/coronavirus-covid-19