Headteacher Letter 17.07.2020

17 July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As we reach the end of a very extraordinary academic year, I would like to thank all our learners, parents, staff and governors for your continued support which has been very much appreciated.

We are extremely excited to be welcoming all our staff and learners back to school in September. The safety of our staff and learners is paramount and the school would like to share with you some of the measures we have put in place ensure we can open the school as safely as possible. All of these measures have been designed in line with the latest Government guidance. As such, they will be subject to change if the guidance or other circumstances change.

Teaching & Learning

In order to limit the potential spread of COVID within the school and provide the safest possible environment for staff and learners, government guidance is that schools should operate group or year bubbles and minimise movement around the building. To this end, each year group will have their lessons next year in specific blocks of the school.

Learners in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be taught for the vast majority of lessons in the same classroom in mixed ability groups and teachers will move to learners for different lessons. When specialist classrooms are required (for example in Computer Science or Technology), learners in these year groups will move to those classrooms.

Learners in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 will move for each lesson but will remain within the same block. One way systems will be in place and these will be strictly enforced. We have written to parents separately about curriculum changes we have already planned to ensure that learners catch up on missed work and continue to make excellent learning and progress. That letter is available on the school website by following this link: https://www.hhsweb.org/news/

Changes to the school day

There will be a number of changes to the timings of the school day. By staggering the start of term and the start and the end of the school day, the aim is to reduce the number of learners who will be arriving and leaving at any one time. Learners are encouraged to walk or cycle to school where possible. When learners enter the school gate they will be directed by staff.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 – Entry time at 8.45 am by the main school gate for tutor time at 8.50 am and finish at 3.20 pm. Year 7 will exit by the same way they entered the building.

Year 8 – Entry time at 8.45 am through the main school gate for tutor time at 8.50 am and finish at 3.20 pm. Year 8 will exit by the same way they entered the building.

Year 9 – Entry time at 9.05 am through the rear gate entrance to start P1 at 9.10 am. At 3.20 pm there will be tutor time until 3.40 pm. Year 9 will exit by the same way they entered the building.

Two Breaks for 35 minutes at 10.50 am and 1.05 pm

Key Stage 4

Year 10 – Entry time at 9.05 am through the main gate to start P1 at 9.10 am. At 3.20 pm there will be tutor time until 3.40 pm. Year 10 will exit by the same way they entered the building.

Year 11 – Entry time at 8.45 am through the rear gate for tutor time at 8.50 am. At 3.20 pm all Year 11 will attend a compulsory P7 and finish at 4.10 pm. Year 11 will exit by the same way they entered the building.

Two Breaks for 35 minutes each at 11.40 am and 1.55 pm

Key Stage 5

Years 12 & 13 – Entry time at 9.05 am through the rear gate to the Sixth Form Building to start P1 at 9.10 am. At 3.20 pm there will be tutor time until 3.40 pm. Sixth Form will exit the building by the same way they entered the building.

Two breaks for 35 minutes each at 10.50 am and 1.05 pm

Break and Lunch Arrangements

Each year group will have a designated break and lunch area with two 35 minutes breaks during the day. All year groups will have 1 break when they are able to access the canteen or hall to buy lunch. There will be no access to the canteen/hall outside of the time slot allocated to the year group. Water fountains will also be turned off with no access. Therefore, can you please ensure your child has additional food, snacks and water with them for the day.

Please ensure that your child has sufficient money on their parent pay account to purchase lunch. Free school meals will continue to be provided for those learners that are eligible. Parent Pay letters will be sent to new Year 7 parents during the holidays giving details as to how to set up a Parent Pay account.

Uniform

A separate uniform letter is attached. As changing rooms will be closed, please be aware that on the days when your child has PE they will need to come to school in full PE kit, including tracksuit and wear PE kit all day. If you have any concerns about this please contact Mr Jukes.

Start of Term

The start of term will be staggered with Years 7, 11 and 12 returning on Friday 4th September 2020

The rest of the school (all year groups) start on Monday 7th September 2020

Please note, entry times for each year group will be as stated above.

Communication

There will be restrictions on the number of visitors allowed on site. Unfortunately, staff will be unable to meet with parents/carers unless an appointment has been made, but you can continue to contact us by phone or email. If the situation is urgent then parents/carers should contact the school receptionist explaining the nature of the concern and a member of staff will call you back. If the safety of a young person is at risk, then this will be dealt with immediately. If any of your contact details have changed please let us know by contacting Mrs D Decruz at ddecruz.310@hhsweb.org or by downloading the Sims Parents App, details are on the school website.

Period 7 for Year 11

In an attempt to recoup some of the teaching time lost during the school closure, we are going to increase the school day for Year 11 in September. From Monday to Thursday, there will be an additional period incorporated to the school day. This period 7 will result in the school day ending at 16:10Monday to Thursday. These additional periods will be allocated to the core and compulsory subjects of; English, Maths, Science and Religious Studies.

There will be an earlier finish time (15:20) for the majority of learners on a Friday. However, there will be some learners who will be asked to attend interventions with some optional subjects. These learners will be identified via the foundation subjects and communication will come directly from the head of department.

Please be aware that the changes of timings to the day for Year 11 are compulsory and any non-attendance will be recorded as truancy with behaviour sanctions applied.

For further information please contact Mr N Corner: ncorner.310@hhsweb.org

Results Day

The following arrangements have been made for Year 11, 12 and 13 to collect their exam results. Learners are asked to arrive in allocated time slots below and line up outside the school gate practising government social distancing guidelines. A member of staff will greet learners and show them where to go to collect results

Years 12 and 13 (A Level, BTEC) – Thursday 13th August

Yr 13 Learners can collect results between 09:00am – 11:00am.

Yr 12 Learners can collect results between 11:00am – 13:00pm.

Yr 11 (GCSE) – Thursday 20th August

Learners’ surnames starting between A-K 09:00am – 11:00am.

Learners’ surnames starting between L-Z 11:00am – 13:00pm.

On each of the days, there will be a number of the senior leadership team on site to address any queries. To ensure transparency as to how we generated centre assessed grades, we will include the process we took at HHS. There will also be information on how to appeal against the centre assessed.

For further information please contact Mr N Corner: ncorner.310@hhsweb.org

We would like to assure you that Harrow High has had detailed discussions with other Headteachers in Harrow on implementation of the government guidance for the full re-opening of schools in September. In common with our approach to partial re-opening earlier this year for Years 10 and 12, we have taken collaborative decisions at the same time as considering the unique circumstances of our own schools. It is recognised in the guidance that there cannot be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, and that Headteachers are best placed to make informed decisions about how to balance delivering a broad and balanced curriculum with the measures needed to manage risk.

All schools have also had to work within their existing resources to welcome the children back, as there are no plans at this stage to reimburse schools for the additional costs incurred in mitigating the risks associated with coronavirus. As a result, whilst we have worked hard to put systems and procedures in place to ensure the safety of our staff and learners whilst still ensuring a full return to school, these will differ in every institution. We thank our parents and carers in advance for understanding that any comparison between schools is unhelpful and for trusting the leadership teams of their child’s own school.

Finally, I wish you all a safe Summer break.

Yours sincerely

Paul Gamble

Headteacher