End of Autumn 1 Statement


It has been so lovely to have all of the children back at school and it is lovely to hear all the noise and laughter. We are so impressed with the resilience of our children and proud of how well all our pupils have settled in and adapted to the ‘new’ normal. They have come back focused and driven to learn more.

The last few months have been testing times for both adults and children therefore we are focusing strongly on mental health and wellbeing.

We had very positive feedback from our recent Ofsted COVID visit which was based around how the school has managed and will continue to manage in the current pandemic. We will share the report with you when it is provided to us. We have also had our external advisor visit and she was very pleased to see the school running as ‘normal’. She commented on the nurturing feel of the school and was very pleased with our school environment. We have the local authority visiting after half-term.

We are pleased to see that the majority of our families are adapting well to the new online homework system. We would encourage any parents whose children are struggling at all to ask their class teacher for assistance.

Although we have not had any positive cases at Pear Tree Mead Academy thus far, with regional numbers rising it is unlikely that we will remain case free over the coming months. We would like to remind parents that if necessary, class closures will be undertaken. You will have already received a letter giving you more information regarding this. You will be personally written to via ParentMail if your child’s class is closing.

Please remember that if your child is showing COVID symptoms:-High temp, continuous/new cough, loss of taste/smell they will need to isolate until a negative test is obtained. Siblings and all other immediate family members will also need to isolate. Please provide the office with a copy of your child’s negative result via email to kate.townsend@peartreemead.essex.sch.uk.

I have written to you recently to inform you of a number of COVID-19 changes that will be happening after half-term. Please read this letter carefully.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a restful half-term.


Mrs Peden