Returning to School
Overview of how school will operate from September 2020:
Please bear in mind that these arrangements will be reviewed regularly. They may also change quickly in the light of amended government guidance in response to the local/national situation with regards covid19.
Students have been invited in to school in year group ‘bubbles” over Thursday 3 and Friday 4 September (see schedule below). They will have the opportunity to see each other in their form groups, have a brief assembly and see what the school looks like, before being dismissed. Students should arrive in school through their dedicated entrance, as outlined below. They should arrive no more than 10 minutes before their allocated entrance time.
Thursday 3 September:
- Year 10 9.00 am – 11.30 am. ENTRY POINT A (gate next to Leisure Centre entrance via car park)
- Year 11 9.30 am – 12.00 pm. ENTRY POINT C (student entrance on Dean Road)
- Year 13 10.00 am – 12.15 pm. Entry through main reception
Friday 4 September:
- Year 7 8.30am -11.00 am. Families to drop students off at the front of the school. Students will be walked by staff from the area outside of Reception to their dedicated entry point. Students will leave via ENTRY POINT A (gate next to Leisure Centre entrance via car park)
- Year 8 10.00 am – 12.30 pm. ENTRY POINT B (gate at the back of the Kipling building via Dean Road)
- Year 9 10.30 am – 1.00 pm. ENTRY POINT C (student entrance on Dean Road)
Please ensure that students have water, snacks and writing equipment with them.
1.Travel to and from school:
All students are encouraged to walk or cycle to school where possible. They should also try and stay within their “bubbles” and avoid congregating before or after school. If the use of public transport is unavoidable, then students must wear a face covering for the duration of the journey. We will advise the students as to how to remove face coverings safely on their arrival in school. Further guidance on this can be found at the end of this letter.
2. Attendance in School:
All students are expected to attend school full time from September, in line with government guidance The controls we are putting in place operationally are designed to make the school a safe place for all Information about reporting a suspected Covid infection can be found in the revised behaviour policy.
3. The School Day:
We will be operating a two week timetable to facilitate the delivery of the full curriculum on site.
We will remind families and students of which week this is through the website and the weekly newsletter.
We will operate a staggered start and finish to the school day.
The first full week of learning will start on Monday 7 September (week 1)
KS3 (years 7-9) students will be expected in school at 8.35 to start lessons at 8.45 am.
KS3 students will finish their school day at 14.00.
KS4 (years 10 and 11) students will be expected in school at 10.25 am to start lessons at 10.35 am.
KS4 students will finish their school day at 15.50.
KS5 (year 13) students will attend school for their scheduled lessons – this will vary across the week.
Each year group will have a dedicated entry point to school. Please note that staff will collect students from the entry point, and students should not arrive more than ten minutes before their allocated entry time. This is to try and preserve as much social distancing as possible:
- Year 7: 8:35 arrival- ENTRY POINT A (gate next to leisure centre entrance via car park)
- Year 8: 8:35 arrival- ENTRY POINT B (gate at the back of the Kipling building via Dean Road)
- Year 9: 8:35 arrival- ENTRY POINT C (student entrance on Dean Road)
- Year 10: 10:25 arrival- ENTRY POINT A (gate next to leisure centre entrance via car park)
- Year 11: 10:25 arrival- ENTRY POINT C (student entrance on Dean Road)
- Sixth Form: Entry through main reception
Students will be taught in year group “bubbles”, minimising movement through the school day.
Lessons will be taught in 90 minute sessions, amounting to 3 lessons a day for each year group.
Teachers will move to the classrooms to teach, minimising movement around the school.
The early Friday finish to allow for staff PPA will now happen fortnightly at the end of Week 2 only.
- KS3 students will finish school at 12.00 pm
- KS4 students will finish school at 14.00
4. Learning and Homework:
All homework will be set on Satchel (formerly show my homework), and most of it will continue to be submitted by students on Satchel.
5. Pastoral Support and Well-being:
Each tutor group will have a dedicated area on Teams for notices and activities. Assembly will take place once per week on Teams.
Individualised tutorial support will also take place through the school day in the designated year zones of the school.
The staggered start and end to the day for different year groups will allow for flexibility of providing additional support to students as and when necessary.
The pastoral team will continue to work with students on an appointment-only basis
6. Break and Lunch Arrangements:
Break and lunchtimes will be staggered.
We have moved away from operating a finger print service to pay for food.
All students will be issued with a lanyard and a card for payment.
We encourage children to bring a packed lunch where possible.
There will be no food provision at break time. A limited menu for lunchtime will be available, operating on a pre-ordering system. Details about how this will work will be sent in due course.
Free schools meals will still be provided.
We will not be operating a breakfast club for the first couple of weeks in September. We will advise you when and how this will be running again.
7. Additional Measures:
We will be operating a revised behaviour for learning policy and will send you this once this has been finalised.
The behaviour policy contains information about most of the additional measures we are taking.
The home – school agreement will be amended and sent to you in the light of this.
PE changing rooms will be out of bounds until further notice. Students are asked to attend school in PE kit on the days that they have Dance or PE.
Students will not be allowed to sing, or play a wind or brass instrument.
Peripatetic music lessons will continue virtually.
Students are expected in full school uniform on the days they do not have Dance or PE.
Please refer to the behaviour policy on our website for guidance about makeup, hairstyles, piercings etc.
As the situation has unfolded over the Summer break, we have taken the decision to encourage staff to wear face coverings around school; students may wish to wear face coverings in communal areas in school. Current government guidance does not advise students to wear face coverings in classrooms. Should a student need to wear a face covering in class, then please request this formally by email to your child’s Head of Year, outlining the reasons for this. Extra information about face coverings is included at the end of this article.
Residential school trips are currently not advised by the government.
Please click on this link or paste it into your browser to see the latest advice from the government to families about the start in September. This should help contextualise the steps we are taking in the re-organisation of our school:
8. Face Coverings – additional information:
A face covering is something which effectively covers the nose and mouth. It is not classified as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which is used in a limited number of settings to protect wearers against hazards and risks. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. We also ask that these are as plain as possible and do not carry any advertising or other messages which could be construed as controversial.
A face covering should:
- Cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
- Fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
- Be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
- Be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
- Ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used)
- Unless disposable, be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged.
When wearing a face covering you should:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
- Avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
- Avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
- Change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
- Avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession.
When removing a face covering:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
- Only handle the straps, ties or clips
- Do not give it to someone else to use
- If single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
- If reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed
- Once removed, store reusable face coverings in a sealable plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them
- If the face covering is single use, dispose of it in a residual waste bin. Do not put it in a recycling bin.