17th July 2020
As we come to the end of the most extraordinary term, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of our plans for the summer and when we return in September.
The School will be closed to all students from 17th July – 7th September. We will not be delivering any formal teaching over the summer but have put together a programme of resources that students can access, including online provision and resources and a number of summer schools and courses that are being run locally, which is attached to this letter and on our website Summer 2020 . Many students have missed a lot of their education and we ask that you encourage your children to continue their learning over the summer holidays using the resources we have suggested.
September – Return to School Information
The Department for Education has made it clear that all students are expected to return to school in September. We will return to our normal attendance expectation that all students are in school every day. Where appropriate, we will refer a student to the Education Welfare Service if there are concerns about their attendance.
There will be a staggered start to the year, so that students understand how the changes around school will affect them.
|Wednesday 2nd September||Zoom information session for parents|
|Thursday 3rd September||INSET Day – Staff only/Zoom information session for parents|
|Friday 4th September||INSET Day – Staff only|
|Monday 7th September||Years 7, 12, 13|
|Tuesday 8th September||Years 7, 11, 12, 13|
|Wednesday 9th September||Years 7, 10, 11, 12, 13|
|Thursday 10th September||Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13|
|Friday 11th September||Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11|
|Monday 14th September||All students in school|
We will also be holding Zoom meetings for parents to join so we can explain how the school will be operating in September.
The Zoom Access Codes are:
Year 7 and 8
Thursday 3rd September 3-4pm
Meeting ID: 919 8073 7899
Repeated at 6-7pm
Meeting ID: 961 5001 5528
Wednesday 2nd September 6-7pm
Meeting ID: 968 1891 4167
Repeated on Friday 4th September 3-4pm
Meeting ID: 974 1995 0903
September – Return to School – Year Group Bubbles
From September, our students will be taught in Year Group Bubbles, in order to minimise contact.
This does mean that, from September, students will remain in the same part of the school for almost all of their lessons and teachers will come to them. Based on their Year Group, students will have to use different entrances at the beginning and end of the school day. We do understand that many children will have siblings in different year groups, however, once they are on the school site, they will need to follow our rules. Please make sure that your child knows which entrance they must use and that they arrive via this entrance on their first day back. These will be:
- Year 7: Honey End Lane – Bike Sheds
- Year 8: Honey End Lane – Tennis Courts
- Year 9: Cockney Hill – Maestros
- Year 10: Cockney Hill – Nursery
- Year 11: Cockney Hill – Maestros
- Year 12/13 Cockney Hill – Main reception
Students will not be allowed in through any other entrance. We will be issuing all students with an identity lanyard (names and year groups on a cord) on the first day of term; these must be worn at all times and your child may not be allowed onto the school site unless their lanyard is clearly visible. We will also be closing the school gates at 8.30 every morning; if your child has not arrived by this time, they may not be allowed into school.
Getting to school
Wherever possible, students should walk or cycle to school. If they use public transport, they must wear a face mask. You should not give lifts in your car to students from any other families.
It would also be helpful if you could remind your child that, at the end of the day, they should go straight home and not congregate in groups after school.
Meals in School
We will be able to offer a limited canteen service, which will be predominantly ‘grab and go’ food – sandwiches, paninis, pizza etc and cold drinks. However, in order to maintain the year group bubbles, each year group will only have access to the canteen once a day:
- Year 7 and 8 – Main Canteen, first break
- Years 9 and 10 – Main canteen, second break
- Year 11 – Sixth Form Canteen, first break
- Years 12 and 13 – Sixth Form Canteen
All our water fountains will be closed off, so students will not be able to fill up their drinks bottles during the day. They will be able to buy drinks.
We will not be able to provide or lend any equipment to students in September. They will also not be able to borrow stationery from other students. As a minimum, every student will require:
- 2 black/blue pens for writing
- 2 pencils
- 30cm ruler
- A highlighter
- At least 3x coloured pencils
Students will also benefit from having:
- 1x red/green/purple pen for marking
- Scientific calculator
- KS3 – Casio Fx 839TX
- KS4 – Casio Fx 991EX (also suitable for KS3)
Although we hope very much that there will not be any further lockdowns, you may wish to consider buying a laptop or tablet for your child to use at home. We will continue to use MS Teams as an important way of setting work and we would encourage your child to use this technology at home.
Uniform and PE Kit
Current Government guidance is that students will not be able to use the changing rooms. Therefore, on the days that students are timetabled to have PE lessons, they should wear PE kit all day. On the days that they do not, they should be in full school uniform.
Behaviour and Attendance
As previously mentioned, all students are expected to be in school by 8.30am every morning, at the correct entrance. Students who are absent without good reason, or who are repeatedly late, will be referred to the Education Welfare Service.
We appreciate that this is going to be a significant change for our students to the routines that they were used to before March. Students must obey the rules for the safety of everyone in school and in order for them to be able to learn successfully. Those who do not will be asked to work from home until we are confident that they will be able to keep the rules. It is important that all students and parents/carers are familiar with the Home-School agreement and understand the importance of sticking to this. A copy is attached to this letter Home School Agreement.
We appreciate that there is a significant amount of information in this letter. As the current situation changes, there may well be further updates which we will share via email and on our website. Please do get in touch if anything is not clear.
In the meantime, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your support throughout this very difficult time and wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable summer.
Mr D Littlemore