As you will know, much of our work here at County has had to be refined and changed to take account of the exceptional circumstances in which we all find ourselves as a result of COVID-19. You have been kept well informed of all of these changes and there is much information around our website to support you if you get a little bit lost. The purpose of this section of our website is to try and tie it all together and provide you with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information and guidance about all things relating to COVID-19.
Needless to say, we are always at the end of an email or a phone call should you wish to engage with us directly.
With best wishes,
Head of School
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Accelerated Curriculum Plan
Following lock-down, our priority has been for all students to return to normal educational routines as quickly as possible. Our Accelerated Curriculum Plan gives you an overview of some of the issues identified as barriers to learning that children have experienced and how we plan to address these issues over the academic year paid for by Government ‘Catch-Up’ funding.
Advice and support
Please use this section of the website as well as your normal contact with the school through your child’s form tutor, so as to gain any information, guidance or support that you might need. Whether all students are on site or not, we will continue to be an open, caring and community minded school. Please speak to us whenever you need to.
There are four possible scenarios that we are planning for –
- A small number of absent students (self-isolating)
- A small number of absent staff (self-isolating)
- A group of students or staff being sent home (following contact with someone who has tested positive)
- A whole school closure
We are referring to scenarios 1, 2 and 3 as Blended Learning (where we have students at school, as well as at home). In order to ensure Blended Learning is as effective as possible, students who are self-isolating will need to complete schoolwork in real time, i.e. follow their normal school timetable. Students have been asked to contact their tutor if they will not be able to follow the timings of the school day, due to device access or other constraints.
We are not currently running as many co-curricular clubs as we would normally. Please contact club leaders for information about what is and is not running and when. Any activities that are running, are doing so within year group bubbles only so as to account for the safety of all involved.
Our most common method of communication with families will be through ParentMail. Please keep an eye on this system so that you are always as up-to-date as possible. We also encourage you to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
There should be limited academic and social implications for your children if there is a closure of all or part of the school to onsite learning. Please click the link below to see the ‘Leading Learning During Coronavirus’ section of this website for further details. Should you have an issue around the pastoral care of your child, then please reach out to their form tutor in the normal way.
Letters to parents
Please click the link below to read back over all communications with parents, many of which relate specifically to our management of COVID-19.
Unless you are exempt, all persons on our site will wear face coverings at all times inside the building, other than in class or whilst eating. Those who wish to wear a face covering in class are most welcome to do so.
Our risk assessment processes are ongoing and the associated documentation updated frequently. As such, we do not publish the information here. We work alongside the Athena Schools Trust compliance team and our own Local Governing Body to ensure that everything is in place for the continued health and safety of all members of our community and at all times. If you wish to know more, please contact the school and we will be happy to answer any specific questions in as timely a fashion as we are able, bearing in mind that our H&S team are currently working under more time pressure that normal.
We now operate a split lunch service to enable us to keep the year groups apart and to allow for the lunch facilities to be cleaned between service. Any families of free school meals children who are self-isolating should reach out to us through their child’s form tutor if they are struggling to feed their families whilst away from school.
These have currently been suspended. This situation is continually under review.
Transport to and from school
We ask that parents and carers adhere to government guidance on the use of both public and private transport, including where this relates to the use of face coverings. We recommend that students walk to school wherever possible, such is the value of exercise to both our physical and mental health.
Our expectations for the standard of school uniform remain incredibly high – our line on this being that uniform should be worn ‘correctly, smartly and with pride’. The only exception to this being on days when a Year 7, 8 or 9 child has a PE lesson. On these days, students will come into school wearing their PE kit, including dark tracksuit bottoms for all during this colder weather. We ask, though, that they pack their normal school uniform on these days so that if it rains or is very muddy during a PE lesson then they will still be able to wear dry and clean clothes for the rest of the day. We feel certain that this further reduction in the ability to mix within a year group bubble, in this case whilst getting changed, will be an effective way to reduce the spread of infection.