Information for parents

22nd May 2020
Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you are all well.
I am writing to keep you all up to date with the latest developments in our lockdown
provision at Harrow High School and our plans for the next few weeks
Firstly, we are well into our second round of Keeping in touch phone calls. We know how
much these have been valued and guarantee that this process will continue again after
half-term. We have made special calls this week to those in Year 10, focusing on the
impact of this lockdown upon examination preparation and their curriculum moving
forward. Again, we know these have been valuable and thank you for your time.

Across other year groups, we will also be making some changes after half-term.
Following your feedback, departments will be making more use of interactive materials
to support home learning. In addition, we are investigating ways to reduce the number
of communications you receive about your child’s work without any reduction in the
level of information or detail contained. We will have more news on this after half-term.
We have also received feedback that a number of you may not be receiving emails the
school is sending. Please take the time to download the SIMS parent app (if you haven’t
already) from where you can amend your contact information. For details of how to do
so, please follow this link.

Parent App

Online assemblies are now available via our website in the Learning from home/Staying
Safe section. I urge you to check out our Harrow High Lockdown cookbook – I have
enclosed the attachment for this.
Finally, you will all be aware of the government’s stated ambition for schools to provide
‘some face to face provision for learners in Year 10 and 12’ before the end of the school
year. In my letter to you all last week I addressed this matter. Further to this,

Headteachers across Harrow’s High schools have worked together to agree a joint
statement on this. The statement is attached with this letter.
With this is mind, I would emphasise again that our priority is always the safety of all in our
school community; learners, staff, parents and our extended families and we will keep
you fully informed of any intention to extend provision with good notice.
Once again, please do take very good care of yourselves and each other.

Yours sincerely
Paul gamble
Headteacher


15th May 2020

Dear Parents, Carers

As you will be aware, the government announced earlier this week its ambition for a limited number of learners to return to schooling from June.

The DfE has released initial guidance to schools in which the focus seems to be on a gradual, phased return for some primary school students with “secondary schools and colleges to offer some face-to-face support for children and young people in year 10 and year 12 to supplement their remote education.”  The guidance goes on to say; This will not be a return to full timetables or pupils back in school full time, rather some support to supplement pupils’ remote education.”

This places an emphasis upon learners who will be facing public examinations next year. We do understand that this may be disappointing to parents and learners from other year groups and we would like to reassure them that the arrangement for remote education that we have made will be continuing in full.

Whilst we are keen to get up and running with the support for children and young people in Year 10 and 12, our immediate priority has to be to protect the safety of our learners, parents, staff and the wider community.  At this point in time we are awaiting further advice and guidance from the DfE and teacher representatives on how this can best be achieved and we will be in touch again when we have clarity on this.

In the meantime, I would like to emphasise again how important it is that learners continue to work hard on the materials provided for their remote learning as far as is possible. I would also like to thank you all for your commitment to supporting your children with this. I know from personal experience just how hard it can be to balance your own work commitments with helping your children. The school will be releasing the next set of Knowledge Organisers for Year 7 and Year 8 in the next week and they should be with you for after half-term. At the same time, we will ensure that they will all be available on the home learning tab on our website.

Finally, I would like to thank all involved in the Keeping in Touch phone calls. I know how well they have been received by you all and our staff have really welcomed the opportunity to talk to all our parents. We are already into the second round of these calls but if there is anything you would like to ask or raise, please don’t hesitate to get in touch before then. In the meantime, please do continue to take good care of yourselves and each other.

Yours faithfully

Paul Gamble                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Headteacher


07th May 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Learners

Year 10 GCSE Option courses

As you will be aware, your son/daughter was due to sit up to 3 GCSE examinations this summer. Unfortunately, due to the nationwide lockdown, these exams have been cancelled.

After very careful consideration, the school has decided that we will not be applying for estimated grades to be awarded to Year 10 learners. Instead, we will make the necessary curriculum adjustments so that learners can continue to study these courses for a small amount of time each week in the next academic year and then sit those exams in May 2021.

We strongly believe that this is a much fairer and more equitable outcome for Year 10 learners and it will avoid the problem of learners sitting additional exams in September should they choose to appeal awarded grades and the associated distraction from core study this would bring.

Unfortunately, this decision does have the downside that any option subject that learners were planning to sit in Year 11 will no longer be available. However, this will not prevent learners from studying those subjects in the Sixth Form here or at college should they meet the entry criteria. It will not affect learner’s ability to study the individual sciences next year should they be in that cohort.

With this in mind, can you please encourage your son/daughter to continue studying all of their Year 10 courses whilst the school remains closed as they will need to be ready to pick them up again when they return to school in what we hope is the not too distant future.

I do realise that this is a complex issue and if you have any questions or require clarity on anything in this letter, please contact Mr Corner ncorner.310@hhsweb.org

Yours faithfully

Paul Gamble                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Headteacher


27th April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Learners

As we enter the sixth week of lockdown and our fourth week of virtual school, I wanted to write to you to update you with a new aspect to our online provision.

From now until the end of the lockdown period and the resumption of normal schooling, the SAL and ASAL for each year group will be increasing their contact with you and your children.

Firstly, they will be publishing weekly assemblies for each year group via the school’s You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel

This will give learners the chance to see or hear a friendly face and will give us the chance to talk to all learners about some of the issues they may be facing due to the lockdown.

Secondly, to support this effort, every parent/learner will receive a ‘Keeping In-Touch’ call every two weeks or so. This will be via the parents’ phone and is intended to allow learners and parents to talk to their SAL or ASAL, ask any questions and raise any issues they are having. This will be starting from today. We hope it will prove useful to you and your children.

Please also have a look at our Home Learning Tab on the website where we will posting guidance about staying safe online and at home  https://www.hhsweb.org/staying-safe-help-and-guidance/

If learners have any concerns, they should use the See It. Report It. Stop It. tab which is constantly monitored by the safeguarding team.

Can I thank you for all your support with the online learning programme. It is important that learners keep working wherever possible and are in an excellent position to resume their studies when we return to school. Well done to those doing the daily personal development and fitness challenges. It was great to see over 300 students participating in the whole school Kahoot quiz, and would like to see 400 this Friday!

For Year 11 learners who will be joining the Sixth Form next year we are putting together subject specific transition courses for students in all HHS Sixth Form subjects. These will be available later next week. For now, Mr Patel has set students an online course which will help them develop the academic skills needed for Sixth Form study. You can find this on Show My homework. For Year 11 learners who have applied for college places, Harrow College will be contacting you with transition materials on or after 11th May.

We do understand how difficult and uncertain this period is for everyone and we are trying our best to ensure we keep excellent communication going. If you have any feedback on this or have any questions we have not yet answered, please contact us via office@hhsweb.org and we will get back to you.

I will be writing to you again next week. In the meantime, please look after yourselves and each other.

Yours faithfully

Paul Gamble                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Headteacher


17th April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Learners

I hope you are well and that you enjoyed some break over the Easter period in these very difficult circumstances. Our thoughts are of course with all of those suffering at this time and with those key workers from the NHS to Food delivery who are working hard to keep us safe.

Thank you for your feedback on the first two weeks of home learning prior to Easter. I was delighted with the uptake from learners and this is a credit to both themselves and you all. In response to this feedback and our own learnings we have produced a guide to home learning at Harrow High which is attached to this email and is also available on the website. This document outlines how the home learning process will work from this point forwards. The process is essentially very similar but the structures and avenues for teacher communication have been much improved.  There may be further changes as we move along and we will of course keep you fully informed.

It is vital that learners are doing their best to engage with the home learning wherever possible. Not only does it provide routine, but it ensures that learners will not be missing out on key content for their studies.

In addition, I would like to draw your attention to a few other matters:

Firstly, school will be open every school day for our cohort of vulnerable learners and for children of key workers. If you need to access this service, please let us know by emailing lsidoli2.310@hhsweb.org.

Ofqual have released their guidance for schools, parents and learners with respect to the process of awarding grades for Year 11 GCSE, AS and A2 exams which were due to be sat this summer. After a busy Easter of discussion, we will be finalising how this will work at Harrow High.  The best guide for parents and learners is available at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/878869/Summer_2020_grades

The school is currently in discussions about the best way forward for Year 10 and we will communicate this as soon as a decision is reached.

We have sent mailshots home to all learners in Key Stage 3 with their latest knowledge organisers and we are in the process of putting them all online – this is a large task but we hope to have it completed soon. If you have not received your mailshot, please contact office@hhsweb.org

Can I also take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our staff that have both kept the school open for key learners over the Easter Holiday. Again, this applies not only to the teachers but also to the IT team, canteen team, cleaners, site team, learning support, admin/communications team and the school leaders and governors who have all played their part.

As ever, I will close by saying that 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.

Yours faithfully

Paul Gamble                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Headteacher


3rd April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Learners

I would like to open by thanking you all for your help and commitment in supporting your children in our learning from home programme. I know these are stressful and difficult times for us all and it helps for young people to have some sense of routine and normality but as a parent myself I totally understand the challenges that juggling home works and home schooling present.

This letter is simply to update you on a few key things that will be happening in the next few weeks:

Firstly, school will be remaining open over the Easter holiday for our cohort of vulnerable learners and for children of key workers. If you need to access this service, please let us know by emailing lsidoli2.310@hhsweb.org.

We do recognise that learners will want work to keep them busy over Easter and to support their learning. As a result, we will be setting revision activities for learners to complete over the two week Easter break. At the end of the break we will be setting online tests for learners to complete. We will not be monitoring engagement over this period. After Easter, there will be some minor changes to our learning from home processes and we will write to you with the details of that in the near future.

Our communications team are also launching a learning from home tab on our website www.hhsweb.org. Content is to be gradually uploaded onto this over the next few days. It will include; latest communications from the school, guidance on home learning, guidance on keeping safe whilst learning from home and some answers to FAQs.

This team will also be sending a mailshot home to all learners in Key Stage Three with your knowledge organisers for the first half of the summer term and some other learning resources. If you have not received this by 17th April please email us at office@hhsweb.org.

Can I also take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our staff that have both kept the school open and got the learning from home programme up and running over the past two weeks. This applies not only to the teachers but also to the IT team, canteen team, cleaners, site team, learning support, admin/communications team and the school leaders and governors who have all played their part.

Finally, you may all be aware that Ofqual and UCAS have today issued guidance on how schools should calculate grades for learners due to sit exams in the cancelled summer exam series. We will be writing separately to parents and learners in years 10 to 13 about this imminently.

As ever, I will close by saying that 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.

Yours faithfully

Paul Gamble                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Headteacher


3rd April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Learners

GCSE, GCE A level and BTEC Grade calculations

As you will be aware, Ofqual and UCAS have issued guidance to schools today regarding how grades for the cancelled summer 2020 exams will be calculated. The relevant links to the Ofqual and UCAS guidance given to schools, students, parents and carers are all listed below.

There is a lot of information to digest here and the school will take the Easter holidays to fully review the information and prepare our procedures for school submitted grades and evidence requirements in line with this guidance. When this is completed, we will share this with you. We hope to do this during the week beginning 20th April. Until that time, please refrain from contacting the school or individual teachers with queries about this process.

At present, there have been no announcements regarding Level 3 BTEC qualifications, so we ask students on those courses to continue working on their assignments, and submitting coursework set by their teachers. It is now also very unlikely that Year 10 students will receive their grades for GCSE exams they would have sat this summer. They will have the opportunity to sit these exams in Year 11, and we will communicate how the school will support students to do this as soon as we can.

Announcement: How GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/how-gcses-as-a-levels-will-be-awarded-in-summer-2020

Ofqual guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877842/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_EPQ_AEA_in_maths_-_guidance_for_teachers_students_parents.pdf

Ofqual letter to students

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877830/Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading.pdf

UCAS: Advice on applications

https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/after-you-apply/coronavirus-covid-19/what-does-mean-your-application

UCAS: Frequently asked questions

https://www.ucas.com/search/frequently-asked-questions/coronavirus

I would like to close by saying that we do understand how stressful and unsettling this must be for learners and parents. These are unchartered waters for all of us. Please be assured we will be working hard to ensure we get this right and all learners are treated fairly.

Yours faithfully

Paul Gamble                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Headteacher