Friday Covid Update

Hello everyone

Welcome to this Friday Covid update. I am the new Interim Head, and some information about me appeared on the blog yesterday. It’s been very nice to see a few of you at taxi time. This is meant to be a quick weekly update on Covid.

Lateral Flow Testing

The school has pushed ahead with its Lateral Flow Testing (commonly referred to as LFT). Staff are being tested twice a week, and that is going really well in terms of its organisation, and making everyone feel more confident and secure.

Parent communication survey

Here’s an update from Sarah Smith-Voysey, Parent Governor at Percy Hedley School and James Turner, Parent Governor at Northern Counties School:

We’d like to say a big thanks to all of the parents who’ve completed the communication survey this week, we’ve had 126 responses for Percy Hedley School and 61 responses for Northern Counties School.  As parent governors, we know how important it is that the views of parents and carers are heard by school leaders and other governors and your feedback is really valuable.  We’re going to be working closely with the school leadership teams and governors to review the responses and agree what each school will do to respond and we’ll provide a further update in the school update next week

Help us spread some love, decorate a heart!

We promise to put people at the heart of everything we do and we need you to help us spread the love across Percy Hedley by decorating a heart!  We want to fill our Facebook wall with love by sharing all the decorated hearts that are shared. All you need to do is print off one (or more) of the heart colouring sheets from our website, decorate it and share a picture of your creation.  We’d love as many of our supporters as possible to decorate their own hearts.  It’s also a great lockdown activity to do at home with your family

So if you have any budding artists at home (you included!), just print out the sheet from the link below, decorate and email to

Classes Returning

I’m delighted to say that 3TW will be returning on Tuesday 2nd February; and that 1HC are coming back on Monday 8th February. It will be good to have them back.

Remote Learning

Louise Gunning has written and posted a very clear document on the website called Remote Learning Guidance for Parents, and I can definitely recommend a read. It should answer many questions that we have been asked recently.

Thanks to you all for working with us at this time and being so flexible and adaptable. I can assure you that the staff are working flat-out to do the very best that they can for your child. As a new person here, I have been impressed by the skills and dedication of the team. It’s great to work in partnership with you alongside that team.

With very best wishes

John Steward