Coronavirus

Dear Parents, just a very brief note as there isn’t much to update you about!

We are one week in now and I do hope that you are all managing to stay healthy and safe.

We are expecting updates from the government around new vouchers for free school meals and about qualifications for this year. The exam boards have been in contact but only to say that they will update us when they have finalised systems for awarding qualifications. This is expected to be in place by Easter and I will let you know as soon as I hear anything; I know that many of our year 11 pupils are concerned about this.

Many of you will have received a call from staff asking to speak to you and your child. As I said before this is purely to keep in contact and to make sure that all are safe and well. All parents can expect a call and are also welcome to contact the school with any concerns. It was great to speak to so many parents and pupils over the last few days and to hear how our pupils are finding interesting ways to occupy their time. Many of our pupils would rather be in school (as would even more of their parents!). Guidance continually states that everyone should stay at home unless really necessary and the safest place for all of us is within our homes with our loved ones; we will continue to call over the coming weeks.

No one knows how long this emergency situation will continue but we will be welcoming all pupils back as soon as we are advised that it is safe to do so; I suspect that we have a good few weeks to go though.

I hope that you all have a good weekend and I will update next week as soon as I have any more information.

Mr D Dupont

Head of School

Dear year 11 parents, the government released a statement yesterday regarding 2020 exams. There’s not much new really but they have said that they will release details by Easter.

Many of our qualifications do not include an exam element and we are still waiting to hear exactly how this will work for these qualifications.

You can find the latest release here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-update-on-2020-exams

I will update you all as soon as I have more info.

Mr Dupont

Head of School

Dear all, I hope that the week has been going peacefully for you all so far.

Although pupils are not in school, we still have a duty of care for them all.  As a result you will receive a phone call from either your child’s tutor or another member of staff.  This is standard procedure and does not imply anything at all.  The member of staff may ask to speak to their tutee just to see how things are going.  This is NOT to check up on how any home learning is going as the in the current climate the national curriculum and the expectation for extended periods of education have been removed.  I have had a few parents who have expressed concerns at trying to provide 4 or 5 hours of educational opportunities in the home.  There is no expectation for this to happen, can I suggest that the absolute maximum amount of time spent completing formal education tasks be kept to a maximum of 2 hours a day. This is a stressful time for all of us and we need to ensure that we do not increase the anxiety of pupils by putting more education pressure on them at this time.  There is no expectation of the work being attempted and the school will not be checking how much each pupil has completed.
For those of you who are entitled to free school meals, the school today posted out vouchers in lieu of free lunches.  This first batch are to cover this week and next week and more will be sent out soon.  If you are reading this on the website and have not received this via email, please contact the school with an email address as the government are putting an e-vouchers in place so vouchers may well be emailed out instead.  Should the situations around schools change we may not be able to post more vouchers out straight away.
If there are any more updates, I will send via email and through the website and SIMs app.
Many thanks
Mr Dupont
Head of School

Updated 16/03/2020

New guidance for education settings states “staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal”.

Other guidance recommends that families should self isolate if anyone in their household has symptoms.

We would recommend that all families follow the advice and stay isolated for 14 days if they or if any one in their family has symptoms as stated here:

 

Updated 12/03/2020

As announced after the COBRA meeting today, should your child show any symptoms of the virus please self isolate for 7 days.

The symptoms are fever and dry persistent cough and should not be confused with the common cold.  Please use the links below for up to date information.

Should the school be instructed to close we have a plan for pupils to access work through the website.

We will update you as appropriate in this section of the website and through the SIMs app if necessary.

Please find below links to both the government and NHS latest information.

The school is following the information from these sites and specific bulletins as they are issued from the DFE.

If you feel that your family may have been exposed to the virus then please follow the information from these websites and inform the school, as we have some pupils and staff with complex medical needs.
Should the school need to take any further actions then we will post in this area of the website and inform parents through the SIMs app.
Latest information is that schools should not close unless directly told to do so by Public Health England.
Monday 2nd March
Today the DFE has set up a dedicated helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 (Corona virus) related to education staff parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 08000468687
email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours Mon-Friday 8am to 6pm