A Message from the Headteacher

A Personal Message from the Headteacher:

The last few months have been very odd, as I am sure you will all agree.  School hasn't felt like a school and being here with only a handful of children can sometimes get to us, as teachers, as we like lots of children and life around us - this is how we thrive and what motivates us to do our jobs to the very best of our abilities in order for your children to thrive too.  I am sure you, as adults, have had your 'wobble moments' too.  One thing that is clear, moving forward, is that Covid19 is here to stay, for at least this next academic year and until a vaccine is found, so we have to get use to life in school (and out of school) with more 'risk'. 

I have always seen it as my first priority to help keep our children safe and protected from harm (safeguarding), before we can even begin to think about teaching them, as an unhappy and/or unhealthy child is not usually in the right frame of mind to learn.  Over the last few months this has extended to you and your families as we all know Covid19 affects older people more than it does younger (it can still make children very ill but is less likely to).  Like you, I have spent sleepless nights worrying not only about my own family but about the children in my care and about you and your families too, especially knowing that many of our parents/carers were furloughed from their jobs or made redundant and knowing that many of our children live with grandparents and great-grandparents in their households.  I  know and still believe I made the right decision by not opening to more children last month, this has been strengthened by the big rise in Covid19 cases in Bradford when schools did re-open.  I hope you all support me in this.

Moving forward, my main focus for September and beyond is making school as safe as possible by mitigating against all the risks that still exist come the new term, as much as we can.  Please bear with us as we do this - it is for the protection of all our community, including you and your relatives.  I apologise now and in advance if children are, for example, late out of class for a few days or don't get the sandwich they wanted at lunchtime  etc.- most of how we will be working is alien and new to us too.

I hope we can all avoid as much anxiety and aggravation as possible, by working together as we usually do, in a spirit of openness and co-operation.  When we pull together as a team, with staff, students and parents/carers working together, we can achieve amazing things! While we find the best possible solutions to the many puzzles and challenges we are being set at present, we all need to remain open-minded and flexible.  The coming year will hopefully see a gradual return to something more familiar, but it will take time, and we might have to go through a number of changes before we reach our eventual destination.

Knowing you all, and knowing the ways you have all responded so wonderfully to the challenges we have already faced since March, I have the greatest possible confidence in our ability to get through this and to come out the other side even better, even stronger, and even more awesome than Peel Park is already.  It is a privilege to lead this school and to work with the individuals who comprise it and I would like to reassure everyone again that the number one priority from the Governors, myself, and the Leadership Team, is to look after the health, safety and well-being of all members of our community.  We are truly all in this together, and that in itself gives me enormous reassurance which I hope you can all share.

Wishing you all a more 'normal' and relaxing summer... 

I thank you for your continued support. 

Mr Mason-Edwards

P.S. If you have any questions then please email me on: head@peelpark.bradford.sch.uk or call/text me on: 07792 402654.  We are also on Facebook and have our own app that you should all have if you have a smart phone (search Jigsaw school app) then select our school.