Update 3rd April 2020
I hope this finds you well and safe during these unprecedented times. Despite these challenges, the construction site at Roundswell continues as planned. The government are seeing it as an essential construction site, as it serves the public and pupil places are needed in the area. Having recently met with the Department for Education and the construction company, we have been choosing colours for the flooring and the furniture for classrooms and they are on target recovering from the storms earlier in the year.
Nevertheless we are in strange times and nothing can be taken for granted. I would be the first person to let you know about any change to the planned school opening date, which stands as 31st July, with the children starting is September 2020. Primary school offer day is a few weeks away and I will keep you up to date with any change.
In running any school at the moment there is a high degree of uncertainty both about this year and the next academic year. I will work hard to ensure you and your family are kept up to date of any change as soon as we are aware. The construction firm and government see this project as a priority and are committed to its completion and on time. As the Trust is a large local group of schools, the partnership also has two alternative plans, should temporary accommodation be required.
In the meantime and on a lighter note, I have been completing the order and plans for the school's IT with our partner, a national company called XMA. We have been meeting with them for 6 months planning the infrastructure, which will give the children so many opportunities in the years to come. The children will have the latest devices and interactive teaching screens, which I know both staff and children will thoroughly enjoy.
I sincerely hope you and your family keep well and safe in the weeks to come.
Andy Cotton CEO Tarka Learning Partnership