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Year 10 Return to School

Welcome back to our year 10 students

Year 10 students have been prioritised in the school’s reopening because they are well into their GCSE studies and they will be taking their exams next year. We want to ensure that we can safely provide some face to face support for every Year 10 student with their subject teachers this term whilst continuing to provide high quality distance learning for when students are working from home. It is unlikely, based on current guidance that the school will be fully open in September and so we want students to be able to work well with a blend of onsite and distance learning.

In dividing students to quarter cohorts of approximately 50 we had to ensure an even spread across all classes to ensure class sizes of 6 or 7.

Therefore it is not possible to swap students between the different groups.

Our biggest priority is to ensure that both students and staff can attend school safely and so in planning to reopen for Year 10 students we have made significant changes to both the physical school environment and to our daily routines so that we can make the school as safe as possible. Please go through this document with you child so they know what to expect:

A student video version is below.

We are well aware that your children have missed out on social interaction with peers, had their routines disrupted and missed out on face to face support from their teachers and they may be worried about returning to school and feel like they are behind. Likewise, we know as parents you will have concerns and be worried if your child will be safe at school. Hopefully, the information we sent out last week will reassure you of the extent to which we are going to help keep everybody as safe as possible. However, if you have any concerns and would like to talk to someone, please email the Head of House and they will phone you to discuss this.

Victory – Ms Stevenson [email protected]
Warrior – Mr Gray [email protected]
Spinnaker – Mr Morris [email protected]
Mary Rose – Ms Brown [email protected]

We are seeing this as an opportunity for your child to get support from their teachers in an intensive way in class sizes of 6 or 7 students. During their time in school the students will get support from their teachers in various ways such as:

  • Recapping the key ideas and concepts from the work students have been doing at home.
  • Picking up misconceptions and enabling students to ask questions.
  • Completing practical work in option subjects and areas such as science.
  • Ensuring students are motivated to confidently tackle the learning that they will be completing at home.

We absolutely want every Year 10 back at school getting support from their teachers and feeling more secure about their future before the summer break.

Why should you send your child in?

Firstly, because we are ensuring that we can maintain a socially distanced environment that is as safe as possible. Secondly, so that they can get face to face support from their teacher and thirdly, so that your child can establish relationships with their peers and teachers and have some more normal routines and social interaction.

Routines and plan for the day

  • Students do not have to wear uniform but clothing should be suitable for school and warm enough to be outdoors at breaktime.
  • Students must arrive at 8:35-8:45am entering at the south entrance.
  • We have to have staggered starts for Year 10 students, Key Worker School and Little Admirals so students can ONLY arrive at these times. If students do not arrive at this time they will not be admitted.
  • New sinks and soap dispensers have been fitted outside for students to wash hands thoroughly as they arrive.
  • Students then meet in the new marquees on the field where they will be sat socially distanced, registered and briefed on the day ahead by Mr Doherty and Mr Hutton.
  • Students complete their packed lunch choices.
  • At the end of the lesson, they will be dismissed one at a time and movement will be supervised to their next lesson.
  • At breaktime students will be supervised in their designated area of the field and have sole use of the marquees.

Year 10 lesson timings

8.45Arrival and handwashing
9:00 – 10:15Lesson 1
10:15 – 11:30Lesson 2
11:30 – 12:15Supervised break
12:15 – 13:30Lesson 3
13:30 – 14:45Lesson 4
14:45Supervised departure

A typical 3-day period will look like this

DayAM lessonsPM lessons
MondayEnglish & MathsScience & Humanities
TuesdayOption 1Option 2
WednesdayLanguages/Media & ScienceEnglish & Maths

During the 3 days of onsite learning, your child will have two lessons with their teachers in English, Mathematics, Science and their 2 option subjects plus a lesson of History or Geography and Languages or Media.

We will be sending your child’s individual timetable by post during the next couple of days, which will show the days they are in school and the lessons that they are doing each day.

Thank you for your continued support, if you have any questions please contact Mr Doherty [email protected] or Mr Hutton [email protected]

Yours sincerely,

Nys Hardingham
Headteacher

Chris Doherty
Deputy Headteacher