Posted: 2 June 2020

Year 10 and 12 Partial Re-Opening Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Partial Re-opening from Monday 15th June 2020

 We have now received further clarity from the Government regarding the partial reopening of schools from Monday 15th June. Subject to any changes in the COVID-19 guidance, the final half term of this academic year will broadly follow the three phases set out in my previous letter, but with some amendments to when each phase is implemented. In setting out our plans, our key drivers have been to ensure that our students and their families are above all else safe, with a provision that is meaningful and sustainable.

For the duration of this half term, remote learning will remain our main form of delivery for ALL students. We have moved all our provision into MS Teams and students should notice an increase in live lessons this half term. This will continue as planned in our POODLE timetable until the end of term on Friday 17th July.

Phase One: Monday 1st June – Friday 12th June

All learning will be remote, delivered through MS Teams.

Students of essential workers/vulnerable who have been attending school will continue to do so but will not be able to mix with any Year 10 or 12 students in later phases.

Phase Two: Monday 15th June – Friday 26th June (Year 10 and 12 only)

We will continue to operate under the principle that we minimise the number of staff and students on site at any one time. Government guidelines suggest that a maximum of a quarter of the year group are on site at any one time, working in bubbles of a maximum of 15. We have identified the largest classrooms on our site and will have a maximum of 10 students in any one classroom at any time, with the spread out across the site to minimise contact.

All corridors and classrooms in use are undergoing a full and deep clean. Staff are currently adapting the school site to make it safe for staff and students. This includes removing furniture, marking out social distancing guides and creating a one-way system. New fire evacuation procedures have been developed that enforce social distancing.

At the end of each day, all areas used by the students will undergo deep cleaning. There will be strict enforcement of personal hygiene guidelines and soaps, hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes will be available in all areas of the school. Currently, the Government advises that personal protective equipment is not suitable in school environments due to the use of ‘bubbles’ (small groups that do not mix), social distancing and regular hand washing. Students may bring face masks and gloves if that makes them feel more comfortable. Students should not bring anything unnecessary from home – all stationery and writing equipment will be provided in school and used by the individual student only. Students may bring a single bottled drink into school for their use only; food may not be eaten on site.

Should a member of a bubble develop COVID-19 symptoms then parents must inform us and the child needs to be tested. In this event, all students and staff in the same bubble will be required to self-isolate until the test result is confirmed. If there is a negative test result then all staff and students may return to school, however if the case is confirmed then all members of the bubble will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Upon their first return to school, all students will receive a full safety briefing that clearly identifies our expectations. If there are any students who present risky behaviour that potentially endangers their peers or staff then they will not be permitted to remain on site and parents will be contacted immediately. All students should wear non-school uniform but dress appropriately for a school site and the weather conditions (e.g. shorts are acceptable). This is so that clothes can be washed as students return home.

In order to plan more precisely, please indicate your intentions here if you are planning for your child to return during phases 2 and 3 here

 

Tuesday 16th June Year 10 North House Students (A Block – enter via Honey End Lane)

10.30 – 11.30: Pastoral, welfare and return orientation meetings in small groups with members of the leadership and pastoral team

Year 12 North House Students (F Block – enter via Cockney Hill)

11.45 – 12.45: Pastoral, welfare and return orientation meetings in small groups with members of the Sixth Form Team

Wednesday 17th June Year 10 East House Students (C Block – enter via Cockney Hill)

10.30 – 11.30: Pastoral, welfare and return orientation meetings in small groups with members of the leadership and pastoral team

Year 12 East House Students (F Block – enter via Cockney Hill)

11.45 – 12.45: Pastoral, welfare and return orientation meetings in small groups with members of the Sixth Form Team

Tuesday 23rd June Year 10 South House Students (A Block – enter via Honey End Lane)

10.30 – 11.30: Pastoral, welfare and return orientation meetings in small groups with members of the leadership and pastoral team    

Year 12 South House Students (F Block – enter via Cockney Hill)

11.45 – 12.45: Pastoral, welfare and return orientation meetings in small groups with members of the Sixth Form Team

Wednesday 24th June Year 10 West House Students (C Block – enter via Cockney Hill)

10.30 – 11.30: Pastoral, welfare and return orientation meetings in small groups with members of the leadership and pastoral team

Year 12 West House Students (F Block – enter via Cockney Hill)

11.45 – 12.45: Pastoral, welfare and return orientation meetings in small groups with members of the Sixth Form Team

 

Students who arrive late to their allocated group will not be allowed into school.

Phase Three: Monday 29th June – Friday 17th July:  (Year 10 and 12 only)

Year 10
Mondays

10.00 – 12.15

Year 10 North House Students (A Block – enter via Honey End Lane)

Taught in bubbles of 10 maximum, English, Maths and Science and pastoral support

Tuesdays

10.00 – 12.15

Year 10 East House Students (C Block – enter via Cockney Hill)

Taught in bubbles of 10 maximum, English, Maths and Science and pastoral support

Wednesdays

10.00 – 12.15

Year 10 South House Students (A Block – enter via Honey End Lane)

Taught in bubbles of 10 maximum, English, Maths and Science and pastoral support

Thursdays

10.00 – 12.15

Year 10 West House Students (C Block – enter via Cockney Hill)

Taught in bubbles of 10 maximum, English, Maths and Science and pastoral support

Fridays Remote Learning at Home and pastoral support meetings via Teams

 

Year 12 Monday – Friday
Year 12 will have small group lessons by prior arrangement with their subject teacher; a maximum of one lesson per subject per week.

 I am, as always, hugely appreciative of the support that we have been shown as a school by parents and students during this very difficult time. I hope that all our students and their families are well, and I am looking forward to when we will be able to re-open the school fully to all of our wonderful school community.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me via dlittlemore@prospect.reading.sch.uk

Warm regards,

 

Mr D Littlemore

Headteacher

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