Friday 26th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Covid Update
The Covid situation remains relatively stable in school. We currently have seven students absent from school having tested positive with either a LFD or PCR test. With the increase in cases across primary schools and the uncertain picture nationally, we have decided to keep all existing measures in place. This is very much in-line with guidance from the Local Authority Covid team who have also recommended that existing measures remain until the end of term. Thank you for continuing to communicate any cases with us and for taking a cautious approach if your child has symptoms, and please remember to ensure your children test twice weekly. I have attached a poster from the Gloucestershire County Council that emphasises some of the measures we are taking and that you can take too.

Assemblies / events
Although we continue to hold assemblies virtually and to not have larger gatherings, we are making the odd exception over the coming weeks. There are times when important messages are best delivered face to face and events such as the build public consultation and carol service are really important for a whole host of reasons. We will, of course, fully risk assess all such events.
Rebuild Update and Consultation Process
With the appointment of Kier construction for our rebuild project, we are now in a position to release further information to parents on the exciting changes which will be taking place at the school over the next two or three years. We have added a new link to our website providing information about the proposed site layout, the layout of the buildings as well as videos and graphics showing what the new facilities will look like:

In advance of our formal planning application, we welcome your feedback on the proposals so please complete the online survey which is available via the link on the website. We are holding a public information event on Wednesday 8 December between 3 and 7pm. You will be able to see the plans, a scale model and meet with our design team and planning consultants who will hopefully be able to answer any questions you may have. I will also be holding a virtual assembly with students next week to go through the build with them. We have also set up a student group to gather their thoughts about what they would like to see developed during the build.

Raffle prizes for KLB Friends
We are continuing to accept any raffle prizes you may wish to donate for KLB Friends who are hosting a stall at the Christmas Under the Edge street event on Saturday 4 December. Students or parents can drop off donation of bottles, gifts, chocolate etc at reception. Many thanks.

Primary school tasters
Over the last couple of weeks, we have welcomed Year 5 pupils from Berkeley and Blue Coat Primary Schools on taster days. They have enjoyed tours and interactive lessons in science, art, French and PE. We look forward to other Year 5s visiting over the coming months.

Sporting update
It has been another busy week for the school sports teams. We have seen Year 9 and Year 10 boys rugby teams under the lights of Chipping Sodbury RFC playing against Monmouth School for Boys in two outstanding encounters. Indoor hockey fixtures made a welcomed return to the school sports programme. We have seen U16 and U18 teams compete in the recent County Championships. There has also been notable mass participation of our Year7 and Year 8 girls hockey squads; four teams have represented the school in fixtures with Denmark Road and Pate’s. Two notable highlights this week have been the U18 girls hockey teams’ third place finish in the Indoor Hockey County Championship, and the U16 boys going a step further and claiming the County title after victory over Dean Close School. The U16 boys will now represent Gloucestershire at the West Regional Finals at Wellington School on Sunday 28 November 2021.

I will leave it here as we have the monthly newsletter coming out early next week with further news about KLB life.

Have a good weekend.


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Successful Return of Indoor Hockey

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