Dear Parents and Carers, 18th April 2020
I hope you all had a restful Easter break and welcome to our first ever remote learning summer term. The government have confirmed that the lockdown will continue for at least another three weeks and maybe even further after that, so it looks like we will be learning this way for a while.
We have all had to adapt to this new way of working, so I wanted to take the chance to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this difficult time.
One piece of updated information is that the GCSE Results Day will be the 20th August and the A Level Results Day will be the 13th August.
We have also produced an assembly for each year group to welcome them back after the Easter break and to update them on their next steps. and these have been placed onto the ‘Year Group Teams Post’ pages, our web site, they have been emailed to the students and a couple of the direct links are also listed here, you may not be able to view them if you do not have a Microsoft Teams account but your child does and so will be able to.
Assemblies are available on our website.
It’s definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it’s understandable if you and your child feel anxious at the moment. We’re here for you every step of the way as we figure this all out together. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by emailing your child’s Head of Year.
Your child can access support by emailing;
- their Tutor (which they should be doing daily anyway so that we can make sure they are OK),
- their Head of Year,
- their Pastoral Manager or
- their teacher, all of whom are just an email or ‘Teams Post’ away.
- Kooth is also available if they would like to speak to someone about their concerns.
The vouchers that we have already sent out to you run out on the 29th so we will either extend these or we will try to move to the government voucher scheme. There has been a lot of problems with the government scheme, so if you receive two vouchers, one from Sodexo and one from the government provider Edenred, then please do spend both. We have arranged it this way to make sure that you are not left without.
No Computer Access
The school has bought a number of laptops and will be distributing these out shortly to those students who we know do not have access to IT at home.
Working at Home
- We are using Go to notify students each morning what work they have to do for each lesson that day. This information will also be on their class Microsoft Teams page.
- We are only expecting 35 mins work per lesson, 5 minutes reading time and then 30 minutes of focused work.
- If they are ill, they do not have to complete the work for that day.
- If the students want to see old lessons they should click on ‘View full list of homework tasks’.
- Remember to check the school web site for helpful guides on how to use the new technology.
- From the 20th April, Y9 will start their GCSE options.
- We realise that students may have used up their workbooks by now so moving forward they can either;
- use their own paper,
- use Word or other Microsoft programmes and they can then print it off when they return to school, (they can also use One Drive to store their work securely),
- submit their work via the ‘Assignments’ feature of Microsoft Teams, (where it will be saved automatically) or
- use the ‘Classnote’ function in Teams (if their teacher is using this method).
- If they are struggling to use one of the methods above, please email their Head of Year and we will arrange to post workbooks out to you.
- Remember to only expect a reply during school hours, although teachers may choose to respond at other times.
While we can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and the school connected.