School Closed until Feb Half Term
Updated Friday 22 January 2021 at 11.30am
On Monday 4th January, the Prime Minister announced another national lockdown in response to the surging cases of coronavirus. This lockdown requires everyone to stay at home other than for very specific reasons.
All schools will be closed until the February half term and only vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers will be on site.
We will provide more home learning via MS Teams for all pupils during this lockdown. All lessons and learning will take place on MS Teams and pupils should follow their normal school timetable. The majority of the lessons will be run live; they should use the MS Teams platform to join live lessons and engage with their learning from home. All pupils are expected to join live lessons; this can be done from a laptop or a smartphone. We understand that some children will need to share devices in which case pupils should try and join some lessons where they can. Lessons, in most cases, will also be recorded and be available to view afterwards through MS Teams.
If you don't have access to any form of technology at home or have forgotten your login details, then please contact your year leader.
If you need any further information or cannot contact your year leader / teacher, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A LETTER FOR YEAR 11, 12 AND 13 PUPILS REGARDING SUMMER EXAMS (18 January 2021)
The Education Secretary has confirmed that GCSEs and A and AS Level exams will NOT go ahead this summer. He has also confirmed that they will use a form of teacher assessed grades and that these will be applied fairly and consistently and will be externally moderated. Ofqual are currently consulting on the revised arrangements for this year and you can find further details in the letter and FAQs above.
For many pupils, who have worked so hard this year in challenging circumstances, we know this will be very difficult news to hear. It is vital that ALL pupils continue to keep studying to put themselves in the strongest position, whatever the final decision about exams. The school is here to support you and we will do everything we can to ensure you progress to the next stage of your education.
Please continue to check our website for further details. For pupils taking GCSE, AS and A Level exams this year, we will be in touch with you directly.
If your child is considered vulnerable, we will be in contact with you directly. Pupils should attend in full school uniform.
Children of Critical Workers
If you are a critical workers and there is NO OTHER OPTION for you but to send your child to school, then they are able to attend school. They should arrive at 8.30am and will be dismissed at 3pm from the Oldborough Road Entrance.
You can find details of who qualifies as a critical worker here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.
If you are a Critical Worker and you have NO OTHER OPTION but to send your child to school, please COMPLETE THIS FORM ASAP with full details.
Free School Meals
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), the school has been making arrangements for a food parcel to be made available to you. This will provide all the ingredients needed for meals to be cooked at home with full recipes.
From Monday 18th January 2021, those entitled to Free School Meals will be sent vouchers which can be redeemed at supermarkets. You will receive this voucher on EITHER Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week. You will receive £15 per week for every child entitled to free school meals. Everyone who is entitled to FSM should have received an email from the school. If you have NOT received an email, please contact us on email@example.com AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
England is currently in a national lockdown.
You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law reflects these new rules.
You must NOT leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.