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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

A message from Mr Kiely, Headteacher

Update for the Easter Holidays

Dear Parents/Carers,

                                        I am writing as we begin the Easter break following two weeks of 'lockdown' and online learning. The anticipated early difficulties did materialise with a national problem around access to the FROG platform. These issues have been resolved and all students should be working with teachers to ensure that they do not fall behind with their learning. I would like to thank both students and staff for their fantastic approach to the challenges placed by off site learning. We will review these past two weeks over Easter to plan for the coming weeks. It seems inevitable that for a large chunk of the Summer Term we will remain in lockdown.

                                          The school will stay open during the Easter period for those students who have been attending, primarily to support key workers at this most challenging time. I have reluctantly conceded that trips abroad, planned for June and July must be cancelled. We are working with travel agents and the Local Authority to minimise any financial implications, and I will write to the families affected as soon as there is further information. Families whose children are entitled to FSM should have been contacted by Tesco by now; please contact me at if this is not the case.

                                           Following the announcement by the DfE concerning how examination grades will be awarded this year, Ms Baker and Mr Hickman have emailed families outlining how this will work for our students. It is important to stress that we have been directed not to inform students what these might be. I can only say that in general the grades will be highly positive, based on the ability levels and strong work ethic of our Year 13 and 11 students.

                                            This is a challenging time for us all. This virus will pass and we will return to something approaching normality. In the meantime it is vital that students continue to engage in the online work, that will ensure that they are not disadvantaged upon returning to school. Have a happy and holy Easter.


Michael Kiely