Daily Update

30 June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I hope you had a good day.

Contacting Students

Last week, we tried to contact all students by phone.   Our tutors / key workers managed to speak to the vast majority of our students.  These were informal ,welfare calls to give each student the opportunity to check in with their form tutor / key worker and to discuss any concerns they may have about the Distance Learning work or about returning in September.  

This week, Mrs Derome, Mr Turp or Miss Gardiner will follow up and try to contact any student who we could not speak with last week.  Please expect these calls, either on your home telephone or your mobile.

Please be aware that the number calling you may show up as 'No Caller ID', as staff have been asked to withhold their personal numbers for obvious reasons.

  

Provision for This Week - Critical Workers and Vulnerable Groups

 Thank you to those parents / carers that have completed the form for this week’s provision.  We are looking forward to seeing your child this week.

If you have not done so already, it is imperative you complete this form as soon as possible -  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WB29June/.

This provision is ONLY for  parents / carers  who are critical workers or who have children that are classed as vulnerable.

I wish to stress that parents/carers retain the authority to decide whether school is an appropriate environment for their children. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools will not be held to account for attendance levels. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the higher demand for this provision, we now need to run two groups with immediate effect.  Therefore, the following changes are now in place.

 

Year 7 and Year 8 
  •  Year 7 and Year 8 students will continue to attend the provision from 08:30 - 14:30.  Their provision will start with the Sports session from 08:30-09:30.  Then they will continue with their distance learning in R04.  This is the same procedures as has been in place.
  • Year 7 and Year 8 students will have their break and lunch on the back netball court (or in the Drama Studio if the weather is bad)    
 Year 9 
  •  Year 9 students will attend the provision from 09:30 - 14:30 (one hour later than Year 7 and Year 8).  They must not arrive on site before 09:25.  
  • They will be located in the library where they will complete their individual mock exams.  It is up to the student do arrange their mock exam timetable following the instructions that have been sent (see below for further details).  
  • Year 9 students must arrive with their revision and / or mock papers.  If a student studies Music, they will need to bring in their own headphones.
  • Year 9 students will have their break and lunch on the new carpark (or in the Hall if the weather is bad).

   

Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions - Week Beginning 29 June 2020

The Year 10 sessions for the rest of this week are shown below.  

Date                                Group           Time                     Subject                     Room

Wednesday 01 July        Group 5        10:00 – 12:00        English                       U01

Wednesday 01 July        Group 6        13:00 – 15:00        English                       U05

Thursday 02 July            Group 7        10:00 – 12:00        Maths                         U01

Thursday 02 July            Group 8        13:00 – 15:00        Maths                         U05


Year 9 Mock Examinations

Year 9 students should be completing their mock examinations.  We must receive these back by 15:00 this Friday.  Please ensure that when your child has completed all their mocks, they place them in the envelope provided and post it back to the school.  

Make sure their name and their teacher's name is on all their papers.  

The deadline for us receiving the papers is Friday 3 July 2020 - please leave enough time for delivery.  You can drop the completed papers to the school if you prefer.  We will arrange for a box to be outside reception from Wednesday 1 July 2020.

 Mocks returned after the deadline may not be marked in time for your child's end of year report and the report will reflect this.  

  

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. They want to see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.  They produce a monthly calendar packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world. The theme for July 2020 is 'Daily actions to help you be more resilient in challenging times'.  You can download the calendar here.

  

How to contact us

Can I also remind you that we want to do what we can to support our students and their families during this period.  

In order to help with communication, we have set up a quick form.  By using this form, we will be able to respond to you very quickly as our reception is not currently staffed.

If you need to contact us during this difficult period, please click here.  The form is also on our website under the 'Contact Us' menu item.

  

Take care

Desi

Desi McKeown

Headteacher