Letter to parents 18.05.2020

Daniel HopaNews

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for your support during this challenging, uncertain time.  Our school has now been closed for over eight weeks.  We continue to do our best to provide a high quality education for your children. In light of recent government announcements and to ensure you are kept informed in how your child is learning, we would like to share the following information with you.

The likelihood of school opening before September 

  • The Government  announced that primary schools should open for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes and secondary schools should open for Year 10s and 12s by the 1st June. We are waiting for further information.
  • If school opens,  pupils and staff who come onsite will be expected to follow strict hygiene rules and social distancing and a risk assessment will be done to ensure that it is safe for both pupils and staff.
  • Online teaching for Years 7, 8 and 9 will continue until the end of the term (10th July).
  • We will inform Year 10 parents if their children are going to attend classes onsite, once the government confirms this.

Teaching

Currently, we are still providing online teaching for Year 7-10 pupils. We are conscious that pupils and staff may sometimes spend excessive time on their screens and have therefore reduced lessons from 60 minutes to 50 minutes. In addition, teachers are making every effort to reduce the amount of time that pupils spend in front of their screens and we encourage them to learn more independently. Pupils are encouraged to complete all the set tasks and send them to their teachers at the end of each lesson.  Pupils can access homework on ShowMyHomework.  Please do let us know if your child is suffering from spending too much time at a screen and we will do everything we can to address this.

Assessment and Reporting

 Pupils continue to be assessed at the end of each half term.  You should have received your child’s last Attainment Grade slip.  This keeps you informed of the progress that your child is making and their attainment.  You should also have received your child’s half year report through the post. If you have not received this, please us know and we will ensure that this is sent to you again. We will not be asking pupils to sit an end of year exam; however, we will be using their end of unit/half term assessments to determine a grade at the end of the year.  End of Year reports will be sent after school has closed in July.  Some assessments, such as the online GL assessments, will be taking place in the Autumn term.

Learning Packs

To provide more opportunities to learn independently and allow for less time spent at a screen, pupils are sent learning packs every two weeks. Staff are encouraged to be flexible with their teaching, so that some lessons are teacher-led and some lessons are focused on allowing pupils to practice their skills and demonstrate key knowledge through assignments and activities. Please encourage your child to have all the work/worksheets/question papers ready for the relevant lesson. The packs are sent (addressed to parents) every two weeks. 

Please contact the school if you have not received the most recent pack by Wednesday 20th May. 

Intervention Lessons/Classes 

Intervention classes are specifically for pupils who are not making enough progress or who are underperforming.  They are held during lunchtime and after school. Pupils have been informed if they need to attend intervention classes. However, if you feel that your child is struggling to keep up with these interventions, please do inform me directly and I will make immediate adjustments to your child’s provision. Your child’s well-being is paramount during these challenging times.

Parents evenings

 We intend to have parents evenings,  by way of video call (Google Meet). You should have already received an email detailing how to book your slot. If you have not received this information, please contact Mrs Mumbo, who will be able to advise you. 

The parent evening dates are below:

 DateDayYear GroupTime
21st MayThursday104.00pm – 7.00pm
2nd JuneTuesday74.00pm – 7.00pm
4th JuneThursday84.00pm – 7.00pm
9th JuneTuesday94.00pm – 7.00pm

Expectations

 We have concerns with some pupils failing to attend lessons. In addition, some students are persistently late to lessons. 

  • I would like to remind you that pupils must attend  Form registration at 8.35am and 2.20pm, Monday to Friday.  
  • They must also attend their lessons on time – registers are taken by subject teachers. We are asking parents to support us in this matter by ensuring that  they inform the school (e-mail to Form Tutor) if their children are ill or cannot attend school or a lesson.  
  • Pupils must have their cameras on at all times and be appropriately dressed.  Please encourage your child to be ready for learning by having a positive attitude and the right equipment.
  • Please read the posters that were sent to pupils and parents, familiarise yourselves with them and remind your children of these expectations.
  • Pupils must show respect  for themselves, their teachers and their peers, at all times.

 Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you have any queries.

Kind regards, 

Mr James
Interim Headteacher