Dear Parents and Carers

What a week! I have to say that this week has been one of the most challenging weeks of my career, and after speaking to colleagues, I think many of them are of the same opinion.

I just want to say a few things before normality as we know it is over!

Firstly, a massive thank you to all the pupils over the past week that have had to deal with last minute changes and disruption. They have been absolute superstars and have made a really difficult time so much easier through their compassion, care, thoughtfulness and love. Our children are a real testament to you as parents and carers. You should all be incredibly proud of them.

Parents – your patience has been so welcome whilst we deal with the ever changing events. We are often finding out information at the same time as you and you have given us the space and time to come up with plans without bombarding us for answers. We understand that you are frustrated, anxious and worried too but, just like your children, we have had an outpouring of good wishes, nice emails, phone calls and text messages. This has really helped to boost us during some dark times this week.

There are no words that can express how I feel about our staff at St Bede’s. My heart bursts with pride every time I think of them. The staff that have been forced to work from home have been fantastic, supporting those back in school with lesson planning and administration, as well as sending positive vibes! Then we have all the staff at school: Teachers, TAs, Pastoral Staff, Student Teachers, Admin, Finance, Cleaners, Site Staff, Kitchen Staff… absolute legends. They have remained cool, calm and professional and have shown ultimate flexibility. They truly are my heroes.

A special mention must go to our Central Team at Our Lady of Lourdes MAC, including Lourdes IT. Always on hand for advice in these unprecedented times and there as a shoulder to cry on when things have been tough. They will continue to provide priceless support in the uncertain times that are sure to follow.

So, we are still in the dark as to if and when normality will return. Please keep an eye on our website, social media and the emails we send out as when we have more information, we will let you know. However, please bear with us if we have some delays.

In the meantime, stay healthy, look after yourselves and your loved ones.

Each and every one of you will remain in my prayers as we go forward.


God bless,


Luke Payton

Head of School

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