Start of Term Update

Dear Parent/carer,

You will probably be aware that the DFE has announced a staggered re-opening of schools from next week. The school leadership team met today to plan for this.

For the week beginning Jan 4

  • Year 11,12 and 13 students will be taught remotely via live Google classrooms lessons
  • All students with an EHCP or a social worker are expected to come into school
  • Children of critical workers may come into school.
  • Only Sixth Form students who have an external exam in the first two weeks of January should come into school and go to the Common Room from 8.45.
  • Other year groups have remote learning, following the work set on the school website but will not have live lessons initially.

During this week the staff will be preparing to teach live lessons to all students for the following week. Staff will also be learning how to administer covid-testing on site.

Week beginning Jan 11th

  • In addition to vulnerable, EHCP and critical worker children….
  • Only Year 11 and 13 students in school, together with year 12 classes who have external exams in the first two weeks of January.
  • All other students will have live remote lessons via Google classrooms.

We hope that school will open as normal from Jan 18th, but this is subject to government announcements.

Below you will find information for vulnerable students, EHCP students and children of critical workers. You will also find information about remote learning.

Should you have any concerns around your child not having access to an internet connected device that will enable them to engage with lessons and their teacher via google classroom, then please contact us at and mark the subject as ‘Remote Learning’

Best wishes for a happy and safe New Year,

Mr Goodwin

Information for vulnerable students, EHCP students and children of critical workers

Vulnerable students and students with an EHCP are expected to attend school. The school will also be open to the children of critical workers. The government definition of these three categories is available here:

If you think your child falls under one of these categories, and will therefore be attending school next week, please complete this online form.   If you cannot use the form please send an email.  It would be helpful if key workers, intending on sending their child(ren) to school, could indicate which days they are going to attend.

Students will arrive at the normal time and normal entrance and go straight to these rooms.

Year 7 and 8 – in T25, arriving from 8.15 for an 8.30 start

Year 9 and 10 – in T27, arriving from 8.30 for an 8.45 start

Year 11,12,13 – in S16, arriving from 8.45 for a 9am start

All students coming into school should wear normal uniform. The canteen will provide a limited menu of food at lunch time only.

Live remote learning expectations for years 11,12,13 in the first week

During this time of remote learning, the school will look to ensure that we provide:

  • A full timetable of teaching
  • Live teaching in line with our normal curriculum
  • Feedback to students in line with our marking policy
  • Constant opportunity for students to ask questions via google chat facility

Remote lessons are compulsory. School will monitor attendance and will contact home if students are not engaging.

Remote lessons are an extension of school and the normal rules apply.

We will follow the normal school timetable for lessons.

Teaching will be recorded and made available on Google classrooms in case a student is unable to be online at the timetabled slot. We hope this will be useful for families who are sharing devices.

Further guidance will be sent out in the first days back regarding all aspects of accessing and completing lessons.

For years 7-10 – work has been set on Google classrooms but there will be no live lessons until Mon Jan 11th. Staff will respond to communication via Google classrooms but please do understand that they are delivering live lessons to years 11,12 and 13 and so might not be able to respond immediately.

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