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Information and Guidance for Students and Parents (Year 8 - 11) : September 2020

We are delighted to be able to welcome back our students on Monday 7 September. Of paramount importance is the safety of students and staff; the information and guidance outlined below explains the steps we have taken to ensure this full return is done safely for all concerned and I hope that this will answer many of your questions.

How will students be grouped?

  • Students will be grouped in year group bubbles, although teaching groups will vary within a year group, for example a student could be in set 3 for English and set 2 for mathematics. As a result, students may not be in the same classroom for all their lessons. This will enable students in Years 9, 10 and 11 to access their option groups, as well as allowing all students in Years 7-11 to be taught in ability groups across subjects as normal.

  • Each year group bubble will be based in a designated area of the school, which will include an allocated suite of toilets and an ICT room.

  • Students will be able to access specialist teaching areas (eg. Art, Engineering, PE) when necessary.

    How will social distancing be implemented?

  • We have restructured the school day to ensure that all year group bubbles remain apart as much as possible. This means that each year group bubble will have a separate break and lunchtime. The beginning and end of the day will also be staggered to ensure students enter and leave the school safely.

  • All classrooms and teaching spaces have been set out to minimise contact between students and teachers.

    What happens when students arrive at the school?

    • To reduce crowding on entry, each bubble will have a designated arrival time and entry door.

      o Years 9-11 will start lessons at 8:30

      o Years 7 & 8 will start lessons at 9:00

    • Staff will direct students to their allocated holding area. Students will not be allowed to

      enter the building before 8:25 and 8:55 respectively.

    • Year 7 & 8 students who arrive early with older siblings can wait in their holding areas.

      This will be the Sports Hall for Year 7 and the Main Hall for Year 8. These are to access

      via the carpark doors not the main gates.

    • Upon entering the school, students will be asked to use the hand sanitiser located at

      each entry point or to wash their hands at the allocated toilets.

    • On entering the school, all students will make their way to their first lesson, which will

      be within their bubble.

• SLT will be on entry points to check planners and ensure students maintain distancing when entering the school.

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What will movement around the school be like?

  • All non-essential movement around the school is to be avoided. Areas are zoned for use within year groups.

  • Movement around the school will be limited as students are timetabled to remain in year group zones for the majority of the day, with movement to specialist teaching areas as necessary.

  • Movement to specialist teaching areas will be supervised by the subject teacher.

  • The use of the lift should be avoided where possible. When required, the occupancy of

    the lift will be reduced to one person where it is safe to do so.

    What will the curriculum be like?

  • We will continue to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to all students. Students in Years 10 and 11 will continue to follow examination subjects as usual.

  • At KS3, students will study the full range of subjects covered within the National Curriculum.

  • Owing to current guidelines, the curriculum in some subjects will be different from usual, for example there will be no contact sports in PE and no singing or choirs in music.

  • We will continue to deliver 6 hours of lessons each day to all students.

  • Intervention sessions will be delivered to Year 11 students only. Further details to follow.

    What will happen at break and lunchtime?

  • Each Year group bubble will have a 15 minute morning break; the dining hall will be open as usual and students will be able to buy toast, fruit etc. but students must go outside if not eating.

  • It is advised that students bring coats for inclement days.

  • Each student must sanitise their hands immediately before using the cashless till. This will be supervised by staff on duty.

  • Lunchtime will also be spent in year group bubbles, with each year group allocated a dining area and an outside space. The dining hall will be split into two sections which will be rotated to allow for cleaning in-between year groups.

  • Students may bring a packed lunch if they wish to do so.

  • Students will only be able to eat food in their allocated dining area; they will not be allowed to eat their lunch outside.

  • There will be a third serving point introduced to speed up the time in which students are served

  • Students are advised to bring their own water bottles, which can be refilled at the water station in the canteen.

  • All students will be required to wash/ sanitise their hands before and after eating.

  • Unfortunately, owing to our staggered start times, and social distancing we are unable to offer a breakfast service.

    What happen when students leave school?

  • Years 9-11 will leave school at 3:15 (1.15pm on Fridays)

  • Years 7&8 will leave school at 3:45 (1.45pm on Fridays)

  • If a student receives a detention they will remain in their bubble for this duration. In

    order to allow for staggered leaving times, Years 9-11 will sit detentions 3:15 – 4:00 and Years 7 & 8 will sit detentions 3:45 – 4:15.

  • Unfortunately, owing to social distancing rules and staggered leaving times we are unable to offer homework club.

  • After school sports clubs will be organised in bubbles on separate nights. Further communication to follow.

    How will strict hygiene be maintained?

    • Cleaning staff will be on site during the school day.

    • Toilets, surfaces (eg. banister rails, door handles) and identified areas (eg: dining hall, PE changing rooms) will be cleaned and monitored regularly during the day.

    • Specialist teaching areas which are used across year groups during the day will be cleaned between different year groups’ use.

    • We have installed hand sanitiser stations around the school. In addition, hand sanitiser and antiseptic wipes will be available in every classroom.

    • Students who wish to bring their own hand sanitiser are able to do so.

      What about uniform rules?

  • Students will need to wear full school uniform as outlined in our uniform policy.

  • School issued uniform will not be available during the autumn term. Students arriving in non-uniform will be asked to study in the Reflection Room.

  • School PE kit should also be worn as normal.

  • Our usual rules of no make- up, jewellery or body piercings still apply.

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What equipment do students need to bring?

  • All students will be given a new planner on 7th September, which should be brought to school every day.

  • Students are required to bring their own stationery. As a minimum, this should contain a green, purple, black and blue pen, pencil, ruler, eraser and a calculator for mathematics. A pack of coloured pencil crayons is also recommended.

  • Students should bring PE kit.

  • Students should bring the relevant books for their lessons on each day.

  • Students will not have access to any lockers.

    Are mobile phones allowed?

• Our usual rules relating to mobile phones still apply; students may bring their mobile phone into the school, but these should not be switched on or visible during the school day.

What will travel by school bus be like?

  • Parents are strongly advised to follow all government guidelines relating to safe travel. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for- passengers

  • Students travelling on Local Authority and public transport will be required to wear a face covering in line with government guidelines.

  • Facilities will be available to enable the safe disposal of face coverings when students arrive at the school.

  • For students who choose to wear non-disposable (eg: cloth) face coverings, it is recommended they also bring a sealable plastic bag to enable safe storage during the day.

    What will happen if a student does not follow the year group bubble rules?

  • It is essential that all students adhere to the year group bubble rules for their own safety and for the safety of others.

  • The Care, Support, Guidance and Behaviour Policy has been amended to reflect this- with consequences for those students who do not adhere to our health and safety rules. A copy of the policy can be downloaded from the statutory information section of the school website.

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  • Students must not attend if they, or any member of their household, have any COVID- 19 related symptoms.

  • Students who show symptoms should be tested and the school must be informed of the result prior to any student returning to school.

  • https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

  • When attending the school, students must follow the rules and expectations outlined below in order to maintain the health and wellbeing of everyone in our school and the wider community.

    What are the first day arrangements?

  • Students will arrive on Monday 7th September at the above stated arrival times.

  • Lesson 1 and 2 will be conducted in tutor rooms with their tutors. During this time students will be issued with their planners, timetables and they will be taken through the new rules and measures within school. There will also be a walk through fire drill for each bubble at a separate time.

  • Year 7 students will have their pictures taken on this day – subject to confirmation. Students should:

  • Arrive at the school and leave to go home at the designated time. They must not congregate in groups at the start or end of the day.

  • Use a hand sanitiser or wash their hands on entering and leaving the school. Hands should also be washed with soap regularly during the day.

  • Avoid physical contact at all times. No hugs, shaking hands etc.

  • In the classroom, sit in the allocated seating plan; tables and chairs must not be moved.

  • Maintain a safe distance from others at all times.

  • At lunchtime, only use the designated social spaces and always maintain a safe distance from others.

  • Avoid sharing personal belongings or other items (stationery, food etc.) with others.

  • Use the designated toilets as directed by staff.

    Finally a message for our students....

    We know that many of you will be feeling anxious about returning to school in September. We hope the telephone conversations you have had during lockdown have helped allay any worries.

The school day will be different from how it was when we went into lockdown in March. The measures we have put in place are to ensure everyone’s safety: your safety, the safety of staff, the safety of your families and the safety of our wider community. We have tried to do this in a way that reduces impact on your lessons.

You need to remember that these are temporary measures and I sincerely hope that we will be able adjust some of these later in the year at a time when it is safe to do so.