School Closure – Letter from the Headteacher

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday, 20th March 2020, until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs. To do so the school will:

  • Directly contact the parents of all vulnerable learners to explain the provision available
  • Email all parents asking about their occupation to identify those who are key workers. We will do this when we have received the latest government guidance on categories of key worker.

Can I also ask you to read the latest government guidance regarding the 7 day self-isolation period for anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms and inform us if you child needs to be absent for school because of this. If a child is self-isolating owing to COVID-19 symptoms this will be coded as an authorised absence.

Recent government guidelines can be found here:

Can I please ask all to keep a close eye on the school website for the latest news and information.

From Monday, learners will be set work for each of the subjects that they would normally have via Show My Homework (SMHW). All parents will receive in the post their child’s log on details. Please ensure you keep this safe. If you misplace it or require a reminder, please email Mr Yazdizad on who will provide email technical support to parents/learners in the event of a school closure.

Whilst learners will be expected to complete, self-assess and submit work via Show my Homework, your support in monitoring their schoolwork will be more important than ever. As such, it would be appreciated if all parents can ensure that they have access to the SMHW app.

The work set on SMHW will take different forms:

Years 7-9

Work will be set by departments and will be proportionate to the teaching time for that subject for the week. This will include (at least):

  • One piece of extended reading per subject with a written activity to accompany this         (Day 1)
  • A Knowledge Organiser activity (Day 1)
  • A show my homework quiz from Thursday each week at 9.30 am for every subject for every learner (minimum of 15 questions for core, and 10 for foundation.)

The answers to the written work will be published on Friday and students directed to self-assess and submit their work. Teachers will monitor completion of work.

Please note: work will be refreshed daily wherever possible although the tasks will be set for the week.

Year 10-13

Challenging tasks will be set for learners for every subject at the start of the week. Maths tasks will be set on a daily basis.

Weekly activities (3 – 5 hours per subject) will be published by 9.30 am on Day 1 and each subsequent Monday. The use of SENECA/PIXL Apps will form part of this.

Answers will be provided on Fridays and students directed to self-assess and submit work. Teachers will monitor completion of work.

Please note: work will be refreshed daily wherever possible although the tasks will be set for the week. Our Maths team may set daily tasks.

A separate document outlining expectations for learners in these exam year groups and additional details around the governments proposed assessment arrangements will be sent tomorrow.

As you will be aware, this is very much unknown territory for the school. The school’s leadership team will be monitoring the work setting process and we may well amend this as time goes on. We will keep you informed via email and our website.

For the duration of the closure, should learners or parents wish to contact staff for assistance with work or any other questions, please email the school address with the name of the teacher as the title of the email. This will then be forwarded to them to answer.

We would like to make sure this, and other important messages and information reaches all our parents and carers. Please ask your friends if they have received it. If they have not – ask them to check junk folders and alter their settings to allow messages from this email address. Contact details can be updated at any point by contacting the school or via SIMS parent app.

Our school values place a strong emphasis on excellent care for each other. At the current time, this feels more appropriate than ever. We urge everyone to look after themselves and to take care of others in their communities over the coming weeks.