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Holy Month of Ramadan

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are aware that we are in the holy month of Ramadan and appreciate that this is a significant and special time in the year for our Muslim students and staff. We fully support students during this time and would like to remind you that all students are expected to participate in all aspects of the curriculum and school life during Ramadan.

We know that many students will choose to ‘fast’ as part of this religious observance period and would ask that you speak to your child regarding their taking sensible action if necessary. We are understanding and acknowledge that fasting may make some aspects of the curriculum more challenging, and all staff are aware that they may have fasting students in their groups. We do, however, expect all students to take part to the best of their ability in all subjects, including PE.

The Association of School and College Leaders have consulted with Imams, Islamic scholars and Muslim Chaplains in the education sector and have advised that if the school notices signs of dehydration or exhaustion due to fasting, then your child should be advised to stop the fast immediately by drinking some water. Should we have a concern, the school will make every effort to contact parents and discuss the best course of action for their child. Please contact our medical team if there are any changes in terms of advice and guidance if your child takes any medication or is on a medical/health care plan during this time period.

As a school we have a legal duty of care to all our students and if there are concerns about an individual student, we have an overriding safeguarding duty and will apply judgement and common sense on a case by case basis.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours sincerely,

Eugene Moriarty