Details Regarding Campus Opening for Year 10

Dear Parent/Carer,

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
Drama

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.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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 reception@cranbrookeducationcampus.org.uk 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:

  • Pupils will be grouped into Pods of a maximum of 15 pupils per day with no other Year 10 Pods on site.
  • These Pods will be staffed by a Teacher and in most cases a Teaching Assistant who is also a subject specialist, however, they might not be the usual teacher your child normally has. We have tried to keep the teachers within their year groups where possible or use a teacher who will be working with your child next year.
  • We will be providing a tutor time slot at the start of the day to support students in feeling safe and to help them fully understand the expectations required. The school day will be based upon the usual CEC timings: 08:35-15:00.
  • We will reopen the Secondary pupil entrance and exit which pupils are used to using to enter the building – this will be the only entrance and exit for Year 10 and will support social distancing.
  • Pods from the Primary will have different entries into the building.
  • As I am sure that you can appreciate, we cannot achieve social distancing at all times – however, other than drama, we will ensure social distancing is implemented as much as possible. This is also why pupils have been put into Pods and we have organised one full week of learning so we can limit contact with others. Enhanced cleaning will also take place within each Pod at the end of the day.
  • Parents/Carers will not be able to enter the Campus at any time.
  • If your child arrives late then we will not be able to accept your child as our admin team will not be able to take them to their classroom/entrance point due to cross contamination risk.
  • Pupils will eat their lunch either in their classrooms or in their dedicated outside space. All lunches provided from Aspens will be packed lunch style. Pupils will need to let us know if they need lunch provided in the morning registration slot and their choice of sandwich filling if you are not sending in a packed lunch.
  • There will be a one-way system to enter the Campus grounds. Pupils will need to enter via the pedestrian entrance and exit via the service entrance (these will be clearly marked and someone will be outside to assist). The service road will be blocked so there will be no parking available here.
  • Pupils will need to attend in a reduced uniform each day. Pupils do not need to wear a tie or blazer but do need to attend in either trousers, shorts or a skirt and their school shirt. They also need to wear their usual  plain black footwear.
  • If you need to meet with someone from the admin/reception team then you will need to call/email in the first instance to pre-book this.

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.

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

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:

  1. a)     the time of your child’s first academic mentor meeting (and all subsequent ones)
  2. b)     their Option day date
  3. c)     the dates of their allocated week as soon as possible.

This is an excellent opportunity for a recovery curriculum which is meaningful, purposeful and safe.  We promise to provide our children with:

  • Weekly academic mentoring starting the w/c 15th June for an initial welfare meeting and documented academic mentoring meeting, face-to-face, for 20-30 minutes.
  • A 1:1 discussion to explore their applications and intentions for college/beyond.  We will signpost Be Ready resources.
  • Agree their curriculum from September 2020 – prioritising subjects and GCSEs.
  • English – Complete their graded Spoken Language component of their English GCSE whilst revisiting Paper 2, Question 5 expectations.
  • Maths – Receive support to complete their Year 10 Maths content for this year.
  • Science – Receive direct instruction and practical demonstration for completion of the Electricity topics as part of their GCSE Combined Science course.
  • Options – Complete practical elements of their option courses across subject areas in their Option block.
  • Complete all other curriculum areas.
  • Overall, students will receive 6 full days of teaching plus 2.5 hours of mentoring.

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.

Keep well.

Kind Regards

Mr Stephen Farmer

Head of Campus

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