I hope you and your families are well. I would like to share with you further information issued by the Department for Education (DfE) this week about the current and future provision of education during this phase of the pandemic.
The letter, from Mr Simon Taylor, can be read in full here.
Firstly, can I take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to parents and carers for your support to date with remote learning. I appreciate that this is an extremely challenging time for all and you cannot underestimate the positive impact of your support for your child in facilitating their learning from home.
As you may be aware, last week we conducted a student survey to gather some feedback on remote learning provision during this current period of lockdown. I am pleased to report that the vast majority of students felt that they have been able to continue to learn well during this time in the majority of their subjects.
The letter from Ms Savage, can be read in full here.
I understand that it can be difficult to monitor exactly what our children are doing online. Whilst there are clear educational benefits of online learning, there is also some evidence that Lockdown has led to an increase in children being exploited online. Our students generally understand the dangers that can be found online and know how to keep themselves safe, but I would encourage parents to speak with their children and regularly monitor their online behaviour.
The letter from Mr Andy Clark, can be read in full here.
Ofqual has released two consultation documents relating to their grading proposals for summer 2021. These relate to proposals for GCSE, AS Levels, A Levels and all BTEC and Cambridge National/Technical qualifications at both Level 2 and Level 3.
The letter can be read in full here.
We write with sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused by the technical difficulties we faced yesterday. School Cloud, the system provider have sent a full apology to all of the affected schools and assurances that their server issue is now rectified and future events will be unaffected.
With this in mind, we intend to reschedule and transfer all appointments to the evening of Thursday 21 January. You should receive notification of the transfer via your registered email for the Parent’s Evening Booking System. If there is a problem with your appointment time contact email@example.com
A copy of the letter can be read in full here.
From Monday 18 January, live delivery will be the key element of our remote learning offer to students across all year groups. All students should follow their normal school timetable and log into their lessons through the Meet link on their subject Google Classrooms at the times listed below.
Period 1 – 9.20 -10.20
Period 2 – 10.25 – 11.25
Period 3 – 11.45-12.45
Period 4 – 1.20-2.20
Period 5 – 2.25-3.25
Lessons will be a mix of both live delivery and students working through resources, many of which will be pre-recorded, which will be provided by their teachers on Google Classroom. It is important to note that we are not asking teachers to deliver five lessons a day with 60 minutes of live input. We fully understand that a varied provision is needed to ensure students are not focussing on a screen for the whole of the school day. More details or our remote learning expectations are linked here.
It is really important that all students access all of their lessons and continue to work as hard as they can on all of the tasks they are set. Work should be submitted on request and students will receive feedback from their subject teachers. We will record student attendance to every lesson and we will contact home if students are not routinely accessing their lessons.
To read the letter in full, please click here.
We are currently supporting Year 9 students with the options process as they prepare for the next step in their education journey with us. Students can watch this options introduction assembly by Mr Graham to get an overview of the process and can view the options booklet here.
To help students prepare for choosing their options, departments have created a series of videos for students to watch – these videos explain important details about each of our courses and will really support students in their decision making process. Please follow the links below:
Options Assembly Videos
We will be running parents’ evenings on Thursday 28 January 2021 (9K, 9I, 9N, 9G, 9E, 9D) and Thursday 4 February 2021 (9W, 9A, 9S, 9X, 9T, 9H). These evenings will be followed by our Options Evenings held on the Tuesday 2 and Tuesday 9 February 2021 where you and your child will be able to discuss future plans and gain advice from one of our experienced team.
Click here to view a copy of the options pools for this year.
It is vitally important that all students remain in contact with their Form Tutors over the next six weeks. From Monday 11 January, we expect all students to attend registration at 9am through Google Meet on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Mondays, students will have a “virtual” assembly. Form Tutors will run online registration on a Wednesday and Friday for their tutor groups. This will comprise a register, a topic / discussion and an opportunity for students to remain on the line for an individual discussion with their Form Tutor if the student wishes.
To read the letter in full, please click here
As I am sure you are all aware the government announced an initial six week period of remote learning to at least February half term.
During this period of remote learning:
- We expect students to follow their normal timetable from home when they are learning remotely. The timing of lessons each day will be as follows for all year groups
- P1 9.20am-10.20am
- P2 10.25am- 11.25am
- P3 11.45am-12.45pm
- P4 1.20pm – 2.20pm
- P5 2.25pm-3.25pm
- We expect students to participate fully in their lessons using materials on Google Classroom and to join their lessons ‘live’ online via the Meet link at the top of their Google Classrooms
- Teachers will endeavour to be available online as per the timetable to direct learning, help students to engage with the learning materials and provide support. Staff will inform students in advance if this is not possible
- Student participation and engagement in lessons will be monitored and follow-up calls will take place where we have concerns
To read the letter in full, please click here.
Thank you for completing the form requesting in school provision for your son/daughter this week. I would like to confirm with you the following arrangements:
Please see letter