I hope you are all well. We are advising you of our intention to open to Year 10 from next week following the Government announcement which stated that schools may reopen on 15th June to children in Year 10 for some ‘face-to-face contact’. The further guidance published has provided information to ensure that opening the school – for this year group – is purposeful, safe and meaningful with only 25% of students in school at any one time.
We have devised a curriculum plan which will support your child’s social, emotional and academic development whilst ensuring that safety remains at the core of what we offer.
From the week commencing the 15th June, we intend to support our Year 10 students (soon to be Year 11 students) with an opportunity to complete their Year 10 studies.
This will take the form of an Option Day in week 1 (week beginning 15th June 2020) for option subject qualifications whereby pupils will come in and work in small Pods (less than 15 pupils, many smaller) and catch up with practical elements or appropriate written elements of Music, Art, Drama and Computer Science. Your child will be allocated a day as appropriate.
|Monday 15th June||Tuesday 16th June||Wednesday 17th June||Thursday 18th June||Friday 19th June|
Music Pod 1
|Art Pod 1
Music Pod 2
|Art Pod 2||Computer Science Pod 1||Computer Science Pod 2|
Additionally, during this week – and in subsequent weeks – your child will receive a face-to-face academic mentoring meeting to support them pastorally and academically going forward. We will sign-post students to resources which will ensure they start thinking about their future and the work required to complete their GCSE/vocational courses.
After this initial week, where they will have caught up with key option subject requirements and attended mentoring, students will attend one further full week in school allocated by us and focused upon a particular subject each day – for example, Monday would be a day of English, Tuesday, Humanities and so on. This way, we feel that the educational provision would be significantly purposeful and allow pupils to catch up in all of their qualifications studied. In effect, complete Year 10.
|English||Geography or History||Enterprise, French or RS||Science||Maths|
On the weeks pupils are not in, they will attend a weekly face-to-face academic mentoring meeting which will help support the work they are focused on at home and to continue to guide them as required.
If your child is shielding, or you are shielding, then please let us know by emailing email@example.com as we will provide virtual academic mentoring sessions and will replicate the provision digitally as best as possible for the Options day and academic week.
We have been exceptionally busy over the last week, reopening more widely to our younger pupils in Nursery and Primary – which we have done successfully and supportively. We are being asked to create a new normal that is not the normal we have adjusted to in the last eight weeks but is also not the pre-COVID-19 normal either. Moving forwards, in June and July, we will continue to provide educare for pupils of critical workers and those who are deemed vulnerable. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we are not in a position right now to extend places to children of Parents/Carers whose jobs are not on the Key Worker list. Please remember that places for these pre-approved key worker children must be booked in advance to enable us to staff our provision accordingly whilst maintaining guidance.
If the Government makes the decision to instruct the wider opening at some date going forward this term, we will be able to reopen the specified year groups and would do so with additional measures put in place. When we reopen, we will make every effort to mitigate the risks to children, staff, and families. We would like to reassure you that any arrangements put in place will follow all Government guidelines to schools. Here are some of the conditions and circumstances that we will be putting in place across our school in preparation for the reopening of Year 10:
It is really important that if your child or any family members who live in the same household, show any symptoms associated with Covid-19, you do not send your child into school. Please contact the school via email to provide an update.
The Government have put together a document with some Questions and Answers for Parents/Carers, this can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
Your child’s Pod and their mentor meeting dates/time will be communicated via GroupCall later this week and we will endeavour to let you know:
This is an excellent opportunity for a recovery curriculum which is meaningful, purposeful and safe. We promise to provide our children with:
We recognise that it is a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we have done everything we can to make sure we are ready to receive Year 10 from the 15th in the safest possible way.
I would like to thank you for your continued support.
Mr Stephen Farmer
Head of Campus