This page will be updated to reflect the current government advice and guidance around the pandemic. It was last updated on Monday 8 March to include updated government guidance around the need to wear a face covering whenever 2m social distancing can’t be maintained. This will include during lessons and throughout all internal spaces within the School building. Students will be able to remove their face covering when outside and are able to maintain a 2 m separation from others.
Our approach is informed by the guidance issued by the government regarding how schools should respond to the pandemic, this can be read here.
Our letter to parents explaining our approach can be accessed here.
Will my child be tested for Covid at the School?
Where parental consent has been received, students will complete a lateral flow test at the school on either Friday 5 March or Monday 8 March. Students will have two more subsequent tests across the next two weeks of school time.
Are students allowed off site at lunch?
Students have been given permission to leave site at lunch in pairs. There is no school requirement to wear masks unless they are following the national guidance (e.g. entering shops). We expect all students to be their usual courteous selves around the local community.
What guidance is being provided to Year 13 students regarding results?
All Year 13 students will receive clear guidance regarding how centre assessed grades will be determined. The Head of School will explain the approach across Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 March with an agreed policy sent home to students and parents during this week.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home?
All work will be set on show my homework. Students can access this through the app on their phone or through a website. Parents can do the same. If you have lost your login please use the lost password link on the login page. If you need further support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
Yes. It is our intention to deliver the same curriculum as we would at School. If it’s appropriate to do so the order of some topics will be moved about so that the work set at home is accessible and allows students to continue to make progress. Students will, however, over the course of the year cover all of the content we intended to within our planned curriculum.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
They may use any device capable of accessing the internet. Many students simply use their mobile phone. All work will be accessible through SMHW. In addition, live lessons will be offered using Microsoft Teams which is available as an app on mobile phone platforms, windows or MacOS. Students can access all of these resources through our VLE which can be accessed by clicking here. They can access their home network area from here, the Microsoft Office suite (word, Excel and powerpoint), email, Teams and SMHW.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
Please contact email@example.com who will be able to offer you support and advice. We will do what we can to help.
How will my child be taught remotely?
If all students within a year group are asked to remain at home online live lessons will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. We will offer at least two out of the four weekly lessons per week in this manner. Many subjects will of course deliver all lessons via Teams if they feel this is the most effective approach. In some circumstances staff may decide to set work on Show My Homework and follow this up with drop in sessions.
These live lessons will take place during the normal timetable slot to avoid clashes. A register of attendance will be taken and we will seek your support if students do not attend.
If students struggle with any work that is set, they should email their class teacher directly, but also look to complete other work whilst they wait for a response. For students needing additional support, small group live lessons will also be offered to complement the work set on SMHW.
What happens in my child’s lessons if a member of staff needs to isolate as a result of Covid-19 symptoms?
If they are well enough, then they will set work on SMHW and then if appropriate join the lesson virtually using Teams.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
Our expectations for remote learning are the same as they would be at School.We know from the last lockdown that students who established good routines early found working from home more manageable, please therefore discuss with your child expectations around getting up in the morning, attending lessons, completing work in good time and being proactive in seeking help if they are struggling with anything. We are very mindful of students’ wellbeing and the additional pressure of needing to isolate. Your child should also feel comfortable to email their tutor who can help them access further support if needed.
Your child’s tutor, will be asking all students to join their usual tutorial lesson at 2:05pm every day, (except Wednesday) and a register will be taken at that point. This will be an opportunity to carry out the usual tutorial programme but also for students to simply to check in with their tutor if they have a concern or question about what is happening.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We will monitor your child’s access to SMHW and contact parents directly if we are concerned. Likewise, teachers will be taking registers for live lessons, checking work is submitted on time, marking it and providing feedback in the usual way.
We will continue to contact parents when we have concerns about their child. We also encourage parents to contact teachers directly using email (addresses are available from the last report home) if you have any concerns about the work being too hard, too easy, too much or too little.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Teachers will mark and follow up with additional support with students who have not completed work, or, their work is below their usual standard. We will still follow our published assessment calendar of checkpoints and key assessments, the results of which will be reported home in the usual way. We will also continue to offer our usual progress evening albeit online so that you can discuss your child with their teacher.
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
Following individual risk assessments, students with EHC plans will be educated on-site unless it is considered unsafe for them and they will have access to their usual support.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating or are ill for another reason, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Prior to lockdown, classwork was not routinely set for students who were absent. However, in order to keep students’ learning on track as a result of any absence, we have changed this approach. In addition to prep, classwork is now being set by the end of each working day by teachers on SMHW so that those who are absent, whether COVID–19 related or not, will be able to do their classwork as well as prep, if they are well enough. If students struggle with the work or need further help, then please ask them to email the teacher directly in the usual way but be aware that teachers are unlikely to be able to respond immediately because of their usual teaching commitments. Students should move onto another piece of work until they receive the help they need.
Once the student returns to School, teachers will review their work and, if the student was not well enough to finish it, teachers will give the student a reasonable time frame to complete it. Routine procedures will follow, such as catch-up sessions, if further time is needed and we will contact you in that event.