I write to you at a time of doubt and worry around the educational landscape and the nation’s health. Times such as these call on the need for our community to support one another in whatever capacity it can. We have never experienced the magnitude of what is currently happening and we may still see challenging times ahead. Our Jubilee High School community is strong, our staff are proud to work here with our wonderful students and families. The staff have been working tirelessly to not only support their own families but to also to support our students, by providing work and by emailing our fantastic young people.
Family is the most important thing and I urge you to look after yourself and those around you. The education of the students will be caught-up and anything missed will be covered in the months ahead, so please do not worry.
The Government has announced that parents are asked to keep their children at home wherever possible. This includes evenings as well as during school hours. Please make every effort as a parent to follow this request!
Schools have been asked to try and remain open since Monday 23rd March to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response if they cannot be safely cared for at home. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
The Government are currently working on a national voucher scheme to support parents of children who are eligible for free school meals. In the meantime, we are looking for an interim solution to support these families.
With regards to external examinations, what is clear is that these have been cancelled. We expect further updates and I will then be able to provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve. I understand the disappointment that the Year 11 students feel and how devastating this news is but please be assured that all my staff are on the end of an email should any student have questions or would like to speak further about their educational future. When life gets back to normal, Jubilee High School staff are determined to celebrate Year 11’s success. We will be in contact with parents and students in the future.
It has been a very testing, sensitive and uncertain time for all of us over the past few weeks. I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and encouragement during this period. It is at times like these that we see the whole community pull together and offer support to those who need it. I am very proud to be part of this community. Thank you to you all!
Mr M Conroy