Headteacher Letter 11.09.2020
As we draw near to the end of our first full week back in school, I thought I’d take this opportunity to update you on how our return has gone.
After a short period of settling in, learners and staff have done an amazing job of adapting to our new systems. Learner behaviour around the school and in classrooms has been impeccable and the quality of teaching and learning is again excellent. The sense of common purpose and desire to get on with our core activity of teaching and learning is clear for all to see.
At the same time, everyone is aware of the need for safety and to protect each other and the use of sanitisers and cleaning wipes is allowing us to provide the full curriculum to all learners. We are currently risk assessing the use of science labs and hope to reintroduce some practical science lessons in the very near future.
We are of course, aware that should there be any confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst our school community, government guidance states that there may be a need for some learners and/or staff to isolate. We will of course keep you fully informed should this occur. In preparation for this, we are rolling out a series of initiatives including Google Classroom to facilitate high quality learning opportunities for learners who may have to work from home. Over the next two weeks, all learners will receive initial training in how to use this and I urge you to ask them to demonstrate it to you at home. We will write to you with more details in due course.
I would like to close by thanking you all for your support of the school in these difficult times. It is amazing to have our learners back learning and enjoying school with their friends.
Have a great weekend.
28th August 2020
We are writing to explain to you the procedures that we are putting in place as part of our reopening for all learners in September. We know this is still a very uncertain time and we also understand the importance of having young people back in full time education. This will bring benefits for their physical and mental health as well as ensuring that they are continuing their learning journey. We ask parents to be fully supportive of the school in these measures and to talk them through with their son/daughter. There is some school specific information here that new learners and Year 7s will not yet have full knowledge of but we will go through it with them in more detail on their first day at school.
Whilst we can never guarantee a risk free environment, we do take the health and safety of our community very seriously. In order to mitigate risk and ensure the safety of all we have followed government guidelines and set out the process for re-opening school next week in the attached document. You are advised to read the guidance very carefully and if you have any questions, please do contact the school to discuss by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put COVID measures in the title of the email.
We look forward to seeing everyone back in school.
17 July 2020
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 16:10, Monday 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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.
17 July 2020
Uniform for next year – September 2020
We are writing to make sure you are all aware of our uniform expectations for September. With the six weeks off this is an ideal opportunity to make sure all learners own correct uniform and are ready to get into lessons learning after having so much time out of school.
To ensure we have the best relationship with learners we expect learners to be ready for lessons in the correct uniform so that our efforts can be focussed on teaching and learning and building positive relations with learners rather than persistent questioning about incorrect uniform.
The biggest change next year is that when learners have PE they must wear the HHS Logo tracksuit bottoms and the HHS Logo training top. It is optional for them to wear the HHS Logo tracksuit top and shorts. They will be wearing this all day as learners are not allowed into a confined changing room to change between uniform and PE kit. If learners are not in the HHS PE kit, as explained, they will be sent home to change into school uniform.
The full uniform details is listed below:
Compulsory School uniform
Navy blazer with school logo* – always to be worn and not put in bags
White shirt with school tie
White branded polo shirt Summer Term Only
V-neck navy jumper embroidered with school logo does not replace the need to wear a blazer
Plain smart grey/black trousers. Jeans, cargo pants, leggings or tight school trousers are not acceptable. Trousers must be loose fitting
Grey/black skirt. Skirts should be loose fitting, and the length between knee and ankle
Plain black, navy or flesh coloured tights only
Plain black or blue socks (or white ankle socks). Over the knee socks are not acceptable
Plain black shoes of an appropriate design for school. Boots are acceptable during poor weather in the winter. Shoes must be smart and made of a fabric such as leather or PVC that can be polished. Canvas shoes such as Vans shoes are not permitted nor are boots, coloured laces, trainers (including black trainers eg Nike Airforce)
Blue or black plain head bands only, no decorative or coloured items allowed
Head scarves – plain navy blue, black or white
All hair clips, bands etc should be plain and in navy blue, black or white
P.E. and Games kit compulsory for every day when learners have a PE lesson
PE t-shirt with embroidered HHS logo
School branded navy tracksuit trousers
Blue/Black or White socks
Long hair must be tied back during PE Lessons
School branded navy tracksuit top
School branded navy shorts
If you are unable to take part in a sport for any reason, you will be a coach, referee or umpire in uniform Tel: 020 8861 7300· Fax: 020 8861 7307· E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org· Website: www.hhsweb.org· Company no: 7695709
Your child should not wear:
Hoodies or non-uniform jumpers this includes sportswear (branded or not) – jumpers or tracksuit tops
Tight fitting trousers/jeans, short skirts (worn above the knee) or trousers with studs
Large decorative belt buckles or coloured belts
White shirts that do not button up to the neck
Black trainers or black canvas plimsolls in place of black shoes
Wearing trainers or boots with the school uniform at break and lunchtime when not engaging in sporting activity
Steel toe capped boots or shoes
Visible brightly coloured or patterned socks/tights/hair bands/hair clips
Any piercings except for single studs in earlobes
Baseball caps or any type of peaked cap including bucket hats
Bandanas of any colour
Headscarves in any colour other than navy blue, black or white
Loom bands bracelets or individual loom bands
Brightly coloured coats or scarves with large logos, slogans or patterns
A hair colour of an unnatural shade (eg: green, blue, pink etc)
Haircuts with patterns or lines shaved in the hair or eyebrows
Coats or any form of jumper worn in place of blazers.
Learners who fail to wear the correct school uniform may be sent home to correct their uniform and return to school. They may also incur detentions for incorrect uniform. Items of non-uniform will be confiscated. Parent/carers may be requested to collect these items if they have been confiscated before.
Jewellery, Nail Varnish and Make-Up
You may wear ONE item of religious jewellery and a pair of stud earrings. For safety reasons you are not permitted to wear rings, necklaces, long earrings or any other kind of adornment. Nail polish, long nail extensions and excessive make-up are not permitted.
Uniform must be worn at school and on the way to and from school and general appearance should be neat and correct. The school reserves the right to deem items of clothing inappropriate for school wear. Donations of good condition, clean, outgrown items will be accepted by the school.
Year12 and 13
Post 16 students, as older role models within the learning environment, are expected to be dressed appropriately. No baseball caps/hats are allowed.
All uniform can be purchased from Pullens: 48-50 Church Road, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4AH: 0208 954 3850