We will be holding two live virtual events this year where you can view a presentation from both the Head of Sixth Form and Headteacher. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about life in the Sixth Form and the various courses that we will be offering. The sessions will take place via Zoom on:
The way we invite you to visit and explore our school this year will be very different. Our Open Evening will be replaced by a number of online opportunities for you to see and experience various aspects of the school.
Video introduction to the school
We are excited to launch our school video and hope you enjoy your virtual visit.
Virtual open day and evening drop in events with the Headteacher
It was lovely to see so many of you at the drop in events
Monday 19th October 10:00am - 10:45am
Tuesday 20th October 6:15pm - 7pm
Wednesday 21st October 3:15pm - 4pm
Thursday 22nd October 6:15pm - 7pm
Friday 23rd October 10am - 10:45am
Please read our prospectus and revisit this article for frequent updates.
A lot of information has been sent home via email over the last few weeks and months and so we thought it would be helpful to collate everything here. All letters home can be found in the 'Parents' section of the website.
Every student should be accessing their Google Classrooms daily. Work will be set and handed in for feedback via Google Classroom. All students are actively encouraged to make full use of the 'stream' facility to engage in discussion and to ask questions. Form Tutors have been making contact with home and Heads of Year are in regular contact with students via their weekly wellbeing emails and as a result of feedback from class teachers. Every student is enrolled in a tutor group Google Classroom where they can engage with our regular pastoral activities such as Votes for Schools and Thought for the Week.
Helpful learning websites can be found in the 'Learning Resources' area (under 'Students') on our website. We also subscribe to GCSEPod as well as a variety of other e-learning packages. For support in accessing these, students are encouraged to contact the relevant class teacher or their Form Tutor.
Limited reopening for Year 10 and Year 12 students
A very thorough risk assessment for the wider reopening was created by our NEBOSH trained Health and Safety lead. This was endorsed by both our external IOSH Health and Safety consultant and our Board of Trustees. A range of control measures have been implemented to accomodate social distancing and national guidance.
Year 12 students have been grouped into small 'social bubbles' and they have been offered one afternoon with each of their subject teachers.
Groups of Year 10 students will be invited into school for face to face sessions to support their wellbeing and to engage with them regarding our online learning programme. We would very much like to see all Year 10 students at some stage throughout the summer term and we have made provision to allow for this.
Due to current social distancing requirements, we can only accommodate up to 6 students in our classrooms at any time. A considerable effort has been undertaken in order to remove excess furniture and repurpose our classrooms in line with guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England. The short video clip below gives a broad overview of the arrangements that have been put in place.
In addition to the above arrangements, we will now be conducting contactless temperature scans. Students will walk up to the scanning device and their temperature will be relayed back to them. A notification is given for those whose temperature is at or above 37.8 degrees as they are likely to be developing a fever.
Supervision of Children of Key Workers
Since the beginning of lockdown, we continue to offer provision for children of key workers. Families are required to pre-book places by completing this form. Further information will then be sent home once a place has been awarded.
Reopening in September
All year groups are to return to school full time in September. Government guidance states that we should keep each year group separate in their own "bubble". This will require us to introduce staggered start/end times as well as staggered break and lunch times. A full list of our arrangements can be found here.
Year 6 Transition
For the last 6 weeks we have been working with families of Year 6 and Feeder Primary Schools to provide as much remote support as possible. We have created weekly newsletters and virtual tours - a selection can be accessed below:
In addition, we will be holding a virtual meeting for all families where they will have the opportunity to meet the Headteacher and Year 7 Pastoral leaders. There will then be further virtual meetings for each tutor group where students can meet their new form tutor and classmates. All of these events will be held in July and further information has been emailed home.
As mentioned, Heads of Year send weekly wellbeing emails to their Year groups. We have been collating a list of helpful websites and further resources which is available in the file below.