Posted: 5 January 2021

School Closure and Remote Learning Provision

5th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,
Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
You will no doubt have watched the Prime Minister’s statement to the nation last night, in which
he announced the closure of all schools and colleges until at least mid-February. At the current
time, we are still awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education, but in the
meantime, we wanted to provide you with some information as things currently stand.

Education Provision for Vulnerable and Critical Worker Children and Lateral Flow Testing
The expectation is that all vulnerable children (those with an allocated social worker on an
Education and Health Care Plan) should attend school every day. Additionally, children of critical
workers are also entitled to a place at school. We will be providing supervision for these students,
enabling them to access online lessons delivered by their teachers. We will be running this
provision every day from 8.30 – 3.15. If you would like a place for your child, please complete this
form (if you have not already done so). Unless your child is eligible for FSM, they will need to
provide their own food and drink for the day.

Any students that come into school will be required to take a lateral flow test on a regular basis;
consent forms will need to be completed by parents/carers.

Remote Learning

From Wednesday 6th January, all lessons will be delivered live via MS Teams. Students must
attend all lessons as they would if we were in school. We are following the normal school
timetable, with breaks at the same times. Students should be able to follow their daily timetable
through the calendar on MS Teams. If you need support with accessing or using MS Teams, we
have produced this guide Guidance for MS Teams  on our website. If this does not resolve your issue, please contact Mr Seal aseal@prospect.reading.sch.uk

We have a limited number of laptops available to borrow and Vodafone have also donated data
loaded SIM cards. If you would like borrow a laptop and/or SIM Card, please contact Mrs McCavish
smccavish@prospect.reading.sch.uk.

Year 11 and 13 Mock Examinations/Summer Examinations

At the current time, we do not know what the summer examinations will look like for Years 11 and
13 students or indeed how they will be assessed. In the meantime, it is extremely important that
students continue working hard, as we anticipate that there will be at least some element of centre
assessment in determining their final grades. Therefore, we will be setting mock examinations
electronically for all students. Exam papers will be sent out via MS Forms daily as from Monday
11th January, broadly following the order in the timetable sent before the holidays. We ask for your
support in ensuring that students complete these in as close to examination conditions as possible
– a quiet room with no distractions and keeping to the time limits of the examination paper.

We understand that BTEC examinations will be going ahead as planned next week; we will be in
contact with students individually with details of the arrangements for these.

Free School Meals

We are awaiting information from Department for Education as to whether the voucher system
will be operating. In the meantime, we will be providing weekly food parcels; if you would like to
collect a food parcel, please complete this form (if you have not already done so).

HPV Immunisations
Year 10 students were due to have their HPV immunisation in school on Friday 15th January. We
have been advised by the school nursing service that this will still be going ahead; further details
will follow when I have them.

Once again, I am extremely appreciative of your support in this very difficult situation. Please do
not hesitate to contact me or any of my senior leadership team, should you have any questions or
need any support.

Best wishes,
Mr D Littlemore
Headteacher

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