Latest Information & Updates

In all of the planning we have aimed to follow the Government
Guidelines and to maintain the following principles

All students to return to a full curriculum entitlement

All members of the community and their families to fully engage in the national testing and track and trace procedures

Maintaining good hygiene and cleaning routines in school

Ensuring staff socially distance from each other and students whenever possible, avoiding close contact

Reducing movement around school

Encouraging students to socially distance when possible, keeping children in year group bubbles

Entrances and Exits

Students will use the following gates to enter and exit the school grounds...

Year 7 - Churchbury Lane student gate
Year 8 - Tenniswood Road gate
Year 9 - Churchbury Lane student gate
Year 10 - Tenniswood Road gate
Year 11 - Churchbury Lane student gate
Year 12 - Main entrance via car park
Year 13 - Main entrance via car park

School Day

We have made a number of temporary changes to our timetable and school day to restrict movement around the school and to keep year group bubbles apart by staggering break, lunch,  start and end times. Students where possible will have double lessons.

Attendance

All students are expected to attend full time unless they are unwell or their household is isolating in accordance with government guidance. Parents/carers should keep children at home if they or a member of their household has flu-like symptoms – pupils should not return until they have been tested and self-isolated as
directed by NHS 111 or GP practice.

Assemblies

Assemblies will not take place until DfE guidance changes. Assemblies will happen virtually during a registration period once a week.

Behaviour

To keep the community safe, it is essential that all students work together to keep the community safe.  In September we will have a limited, socially distanced relocation and each year group bubble will have their own daily 30 minute detention.

Break and Lunch Zones

Year groups bubbles will take their breaks and lunchtimes in zoned areas of the school at different times from each other. Both Zone A & B will be serving food. The Hall and Diner will be cleaned between year group sittings.

Zone A (Hall) - Year 7, 9 & 11
Zone B (Diner) - Year 8 & 10
Zone C (Diner/Sixth Form Area) - Year 12 & 13

A map of the zones can be found here.

Whilst we do not have enough toilet facilities for each bubble to have their own, we will be restricting toilet blocks to individual bubbles during our staggered break and lunch times.

Bubbles

Students will remain in their bubbles for the duration of the day. We will have 6 bubbles: Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 & Post 16.

Catering

Our catering service will be reduced to begin with; students are encouraged to bring a snack and water for breaktime and only pre-prepared packed lunches will be sold at lunchtime. To see the packed lunches sold at lunch, please click here.

Cloud School Parent App

During lockdown this App was used to share school reports. Over 500 families registered and set up their accounts. The App shares information on behaviour, attendance as well as important documents. As with homework, you will receive information on how to set up your account for the coming academic year. If you have already registered during lockdown you can continue using your existing account.

Cleaning

We have increased our cleaning regime in school including key concerns such as keyboards, banisters and door handles
Students will be encouraged to wash hands regularly and maintain good personal hygiene
Every classroom and key area will have hand sanitizer at the door and each classroom will be equipped with tissues and antiviral wipes.
We have sets of PPE in school for staff who have to be in close contact with students.

Clubs / Extended Learning

There will be no clubs or extended learning offer for the first few weeks of term. We are currently exploring what kind of clubs and support we can offer within the current restrictions and a programme will be published towards the end of September.

Classrooms

Changes to the classroom layouts - in the majority of classrooms all students will be facing the front and will be expected to remain distanced from adults. Whenever possible, classroom doors and windows will be open at all times

Entrances and Exits

We appreciate that there may still be some restrictions on public transport; if you will be dropping off and picking up your child by car, please do not park near the school gate and please be respectful of our neighbours when parking.

Students will use the following gates to enter and exit the school grounds...

Year 7 - Churchbury Lane student gate
Year 8 - Tenniswood Road gate
Year 9 - Churchbury Lane student gate
Year 10 - Tenniswood Road gate
Year 11 - Churchbury Lane student gate
Year 12 - Main entrance via car park
Year 13 - Main entrance via car park

A map showing the gates can be found here.

Equipment

We have adapted our curriculum so that resources and equipment including books are not shared between bubbles of students. It is essential that students come to school fully equipped for learning since we are unable to lend essential equipment.

Students must have the following at all times:

Pens (blue or black; red and green)
Pencil, sharpener and eraser
Coloured pencils
A 30cm ruler, protractor and compass
A glue stick
A scientific calculator - if possible casio
A small pocket bottle of hand sanitizer
A face mask - for travel and for communal areas in school

Homework

From 7th September 2020 we will no longer be using SMHW to set homework for students. This has been replaced with Google Classroom, which parents of students in years 10 and 12 may remember was used during lockdown in association with Google Meet. You will receive further information about Google Classroom at the start of September, including how you add yourself as a 'Guardian' so you can monitor your child's homework.

Marking

Reviewing our marking policy - teachers may not be able to take in students' books. We will find alternative ways for teachers to mark the students’ work.

Moving around school

A one way system in school - to reduce contact in corridors between lessons and breaks we will be operating a one-way system throughout the building. The one way map can be found here.

Students and staff will be encouraged to wear a face covering in corridors and communal areas and when moving from one lesson to another.  Face coverings will not be worn during lessons unless a member of staff needs to come close to a student.

Risk Assessments and Care Plans

We have continued to update our whole school risk assessment, which can be found here.  We have contacted families of students with individual care plans for medical needs.  If you feel that your child is particularly vulnerable and we have not contacted you please do get in touch.

Suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19

If any member of the community or their household becomes ill with symptoms of COVID they should isolate and arrange for a test.  If a student becomes ill in school with symptoms, we will isolate the student until a parent can arrange for the student to be collected.  Students who have exhibited symptoms and any siblings will not be able to return to school for 14 days unless they have received confirmation of a negative test result.  In the case of a positive test result, parents/carers must inform the school immediately so that we can plan next steps with public health - this may include a full or partial closure of the school and return to online learning.

Uniform

Uniform is expected; parents and carers are encouraged to wash school uniform as regularly as possible.
Students travelling on public transport will need to wear a face covering while travelling but should remove this when they come to school and either dispose of it carefully or if reusable, store in a sealed bag in their school bag.  At the moment, the guidance states that face coverings should not be worn in school, but we will review this if the guidance changes.

Visitors to School

We will be restricting the number of visitors to school to a minimum.  If you need to speak to a member of staff, please contact the school and we will try to find alternative ways to meet.