Fallibroome remains open to support children of key workers, and today the students enjoyed a change to routine and ended up with a bit of a bake off! Under expert guidance (Mr Payne, Ms Esfanjani, Mr Gibb and Miss Prakash), they quickly whipped up a batch of cupcakes (with ingredients sourced by the staff from all over the place!) followed by a bit creative decorating.
Hopefully, all the families have now enjoyed a cake with their afternoon tea – and well done to Libby for being crowned the winner!
It is with great sadness that we learnt that Josh Sweeney-Brown (Y9) passed away last night following his long battle with cancer.
Josh was originally diagnosed with cancer at just four months of age. He repeatedly showed remarkable strength and courage to beat this diagnosis in the years that followed, but sadly it returned again very aggressively in May 2019.
Josh joined Fallibroome in January 2018 and we were immediately struck by his charismatic personality and quick-witted humour. He would have a go at anything, including joining in PE lessons by charging around the astroturf on his wheelchair while screeching with joy with his classmates. Drama was his favourite subject. On one occasion, he created a gangster scene in which he dragged his classmates behind his wheelchair and used his horn as a siren/gun – with everyone laughing and joining in the show!
Josh will be remembered for the joy he brought to us all; his enthusiasm for life; his selflessness; his positivity and his kindness. Despite the many challenges that he faced, his optimism and good humour were remarkable. On one occasion, he told Mr Jones – “Sir – I know I’ve got it bad, but others have it much worse than me”. This was just typical of him.
We know that Josh was exceptionally close to his family and that they are all devastated by his loss. The thoughts and prayers of our whole community are with them at this desperately sad time.
Thursday 30th April 2020
Letter from Fallibroome Trust CEO
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
May I offer my welcome back message to those I am sure you have received from your school’s Headteacher and extend my best wishes for good health in these difficult times.
As we continue our provision into the summer term may I also record my thanks to our Heads, teachers and support staff who have sustained our service, in schools and for pupils at home over the past month. Our Headteachers meet weekly to share what is working well and respond to surveys. I am sure you have had their regular updates and guidance and the picture emerging from reflections across this country is: less is more; engagement is key; and a focus on retrieval and practice before developing new knowledge is advisable.
Many parents have asked for video lessons and we can recommend the BBC Bitesize Daily and National Oak National Academy resources as valuable additions to your teachers’ advice, in all Key Stages.
In the background the Trust continues to support schools on the administration of Government schemes and the regular routine of the school year such as the review of budgets and management of capital projects. We are also supporting revised Governors’ meetings and sharing understanding of the GCSE and A level grading proposals.
In response to recent news we are currently working together to manage the speculation about return to school. This is clearly not imminent and whenever the date is confirmed it is unlikely to be a return to school as we know it, with some form of phased or staggered start recently suggested by the Secretary of State. We will turn our attention to this in coming weeks and respond to Government guidance with three clear goals in mind: to minimise risk of infection, re-engage our learners and recover lost learning.
In the meantime, we are all finding ways to meet the challenges of lockdown. May I point all in our community to the archive of Mental Health support resources on the Trust website and encourage conversations with the person at school you most feel comfortable, if required.
Thank you for your continued resilience. We remain optimistic and adaptable to circumstances; this period of uncertainty will pass and the strength of our community, partnerships and mutual support will see us through.
With thanks to all who are providing support, through regular and innovative channels, and best wishes for good health.
P W Rubery
Chief Executive Officer
In response to the national crisis regarding personal protective equipment, Fallibroome’s Design and Technology Department have designed and manufactured hundreds of face shields in the last few days. Led by Mr Jones and Mr Hardman, the team of volunteer students have contacted local NHS services and other front line workers to ask if they would be interested in having these face shields delivered to their offices. The response has been overwhelming. Deliveries have already been made to Stepping Hill Critical Care department (200), Waters Green Medical Centre (60), Prestbury Pharmacy, Rollins Pharmacy and Bollington Vets. More will be provided to Macclesfield General Hospital, Macclesfield District Nurses, Alderley Edge Medical Centre and various care homes across the town in the coming days.
Encouraged by the positive response, the department intend to continue with this work in the weeks ahead and they hope to be able to produce in excess of a thousand face shields in the next few days. Contact has also been made with other local schools who are also keen to take part in this initiative.
Speaking about the project, Fallibroome’s Headteacher Mr Power said:
“We are proud of the efforts being made by our students and staff to respond to this crisis. They have shown real initiative in getting this off the ground and it is great to see their efforts being valued so highly by those working in the community at this time of national emergency. Acts such as this do much more than just help to address a key equipment shortage; they also demonstrate to all those working in the front line that their efforts are appreciated and valued by everyone in our community”.
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Please read the following letter from Headteacher Mr Francis Power which gives advice on what to do if your child has not been given a place in Year 7 this coming September.
As you know, offers of places at Fallibroome have now gone out to parents. If you have not been successful in gaining a place here and would still like to join us, the following advice might be helpful:
Accept the place that you have been offered before the March deadline. That place can be declined at a later date if a place becomes available here. If you decline your current offer and are then not successful at appeal or via the waiting list for a place at Fallibroome, then there is a chance that your child would not have a secondary place at a local school at all.
Write to (or ring 0300 123 5012) the Admissions Department at Cheshire East to request that your child’s name is placed on the waiting list for Fallibroome.
If your circumstances have changed since the original application was submitted (for example, a change of address/school), make sure that you give this information to Cheshire East as this will affect your position on our waiting list.
Once the March deadline has passed, the Authority will start to backfill places from the waiting list. Every year, we take between 25 and 30 students from this list, usually because a number of families move out of the area or choose to go to the private sector. This means that it would certainly be worthwhile to register for this process if you are still keen to join us in September.
You also have the right to an independent appeal, but I suggest that it would be better to wait until after Easter just in case you are offered a place from our waiting list. If you would like to pursue the appeal process, I have attached some guidance documentation and a copy of the school’s case for your information. You will need to submit your appeal on the proforma attached to the Chair of the Admissions Committee, c/o the Clerk to Governors here at Fallibroome. This can be emailed to Mrs Allbutt at . All appeals for Y7 places for September will be heard by early July.
Thank you for your interest in joining our school. I appreciate that this can be an emotional process for families and that it can be difficult to decide how best to proceed from this point. If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Allbutt either by email () or on 01625 827 898.
I am writing to inform you that the funeral for Claire Smith will be taking place at 10.00 am on Friday 28th February at St Michael’s Church in Macclesfield.
In light of the strength of Claire’s connection to our school, we know that our entire staff body will want to be present at this service and that many of our students and parents will also want to attend. As a result, I have chosen to take the exceptional step of closing the school on this date. We will reopen as normal on Monday 2nd March. A number of school events are scheduled for the 28th so we will move these to an alternative date and details about this will be communicated to students next week. The Battlefields trip will go ahead as normal (26th to 28th).
If your son/daughter is able to attend the funeral, please encourage them to do so in their school uniform. This will give Claire’s family a clear visual sign of the strength of support that exists for them right across our community. As Fallibroome was very much at the heart of her life, I know that Claire would have appreciated such a gesture too.
We have had a Book of Condolence open in school this week and many of our staff and students have used this to record their thoughts and memories about Claire. It is our intention to move this book to the main Reception desk for the whole of next week so that parents, ex-students, family friends, etc. can come into school and add their contributions. The Reception desk is open from 8.00 am until 4.00 pm if you would like to avail of this opportunity.
While we are always very reluctant to disrupt the school day in any way, we feel that is very important to offer our full support to Claire’s family at this exceptionally difficult time.
Thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.