Brougham Primary School

Important message from the CEO of Ad Astra Academy Trust Andy Brown OBE

Dear Parents/Carers,
I am writing to you as the CEO of Ad Astra Academy Trust, of which your school is a member.
You will have undoubtedly seen that as part of the Prime Minister’s recovery strategy he is asking schools to extend their opening to more pupils from June 1st (dependent upon government scientific advice at the time). I understand that you will be very nervous about this. First and foremost, I can assure you that everyone in the Ad Astra family would like to see all of our children back at school, enjoying their learning and socialising with their friends as soon as possible. I do not underestimate how difficult this has been for our children, for you as parents and for our staff. However, I know that you will only want this to happen if you, your children and school staff feel safe and comfortable in doing so.
In order to give you some reassurance, I promise that;
1. The safety of our pupils, parents and staff is of the utmost importance to us and this will be at the very heart of any plans that we develop.
2. We are committed to ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of all pupils and staff.
3. We will make sure our plans are developed and assessed carefully and sensibly, taking into consideration all advice and guidance that is available to us.
In his speech, the Prime Minister was quite clear that 1st June is the earliest date that we can begin the process of opening more widely. I am sure you will understand that in order to manage this safely, there is a lot of planning and organisation required. The Headteacher of your school is already working hard with their staff to plan how this can be achieved. I am confident that a cautious, planned approach has the best chance of success.
Finally, please be assured once again that safety is our main priority. I want all pupils, staff and parents to feel safe and comfortable coming back into school and I look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back in this way.
The Department for Education published some guidance for parents and carers that you may be interested in. You can find this at the following address;
I will be back touch again once there is any further information to share with you.
Warmest wishes

Andy Brown OBE
Chief Executive Officer, Ad Astra Academy Trust

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