Updated 23-2-2021

Following the prime ministers’ announcement on 22nd February I am very pleased to be sharing the back to school plan with you! 

Year 11

  • 8th March: return to school for testing only.  Arrive at school via the community entrance from 9am, undertake a test and go home.  You will be sent a text with your results.  If students are not testing they do not come to school that day.  You will be sent full instructions the day before. 
  • 9th March: All year 11 students return to school full time from this point onward.  

Year 10

  • 8th March: work from home on DPR set activities 
  • 9th March:  return to school for testing only.  Arrive at school via the community entrance from 12.30pm, undertake a test and go home.  You will be sent a text with your results.  If students are not testing they do not come to school that day.  You will be sent full instructions the day before. 
  • 10th March: All year 10 students return to school full time from this point onward.  

Year 9

  • 8th March: work from home on DPR set activities 
  • 9th March: work from home on DPR set activities 
  • 10th March:  return to school for testing only.  Arrive at school via the community entrance from 12.30pm, undertake a test and go home.  You will be sent a text with your results.  If students are not testing they do not come to school that day.  You will be sent full instructions the day before. 
  • 11th March: All year 9 students return to school full time from this point onward.  

Year 8

  • 8th March: work from home on DPR set activities 
  • 9th March: work from home on DPR set activities 
  • 10th March:  return to school for testing only.  Arrive at school via the community entrance from 9am, undertake a test and go home.  You will be sent a text with your results.  If students are not testing they do not come to school that day.  You will be sent full instructions the day before. 
  • 11th March: All year 8 students return to school full time from this point onward.  

Year 7

  • 8th March: work from home on DPR set activities 
  • 9th March:  return to school for testing only.  Arrive at school via the community entrance from 9am, undertake a test and go home.  You will be sent a text with your results.  If students are not testing they do not come to school that day.  You will be sent full instructions the day before. 
  • 10th March: All year 7 students return to school full time from this point onward.  

Once children are in school they will test on two further occasions within the school day, 3 days in between each test. We will text you the day before to remind you.  If you do not complete the online consent form or if your child does not return this in person when they come to test we will NOT complete this test.  

Please remind students they should continue to complete and hand in all their work on the DPR until they return to school. 

Asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges – Public FAQs

 

Bubbles

We will be zoning the buildings into year group bubbles. Please see the table below for details:

Year Group Entrance and Exit Gates open from End Time Zone SLT Attached
Year 7 Main Gate 8:10am 3pm S3 Corridor: Yellow Zone Mr Greenwood
Year 8 Community Entrance (through car park) 8:10am 3pm N3 Corridor: Orange Zone Ms Attreed
Year 9 2nd gate (next to Decorium (Western Road) 8:10am 3pm S5 corridor:Red Zone Mr Matthews
Year 10 Main Gate 8:10am 3pm S4 Corridor: Blue Zone Ms Sangha
Year 11 North Playground, Side Gate (Station Road) 8:10am Various N4 Corridor: Green Zone Ms Bower
Purple bubble 2nd gate (next to Decorium (Western Road) 8:10am (students should go straight into the building) 3pm S1 and S2 Mr Levis

Face coverings

After careful consideration of all the current (as per 19/10/2020) information and guidance, the following is relevant.

  1. We are making masks mandatory in all communal areas: they must be clean, plain and worn properly. At all other times they must be stored cleanly out of sight (we recommend a small plastic bag)
  2. Face coverings are not needed in classrooms/lessons
  3. This will be made clear to staff and students in signage around the school and briefings etc
  4. We will address this weekly in our ops planning meeting and immediately if things change

If you believe your child is exempt please register them by clicking HERE

PE During COVID

Changing process and changing rooms

  • There are hand washing facilities upon entry and exit of the changing rooms.
  • Students change silently.
  • We have introduced numbered pegs and perspex changing areas.
  • Facemasks are worn whilst changing. Students spend as little time as possible in the changing rooms.
  • Registers are not taken in the changing rooms to limit any kind of verbal communication.
  • Spare kit is not currently given out.

 PE Curriculum

  • Students are presently learning football, table tennis, trampolining and netball. Any changes will be based on information given from the Department for Education. Lessons, drills and exercises are adapted or modified to enable social distancing where possible.
  • To limit contact outside of the school bubble, we are not using external providers. For example, year 11 are not using Zone Gym to prevent mixing with the public. Students are also not using the New River facilities.
  • PE are not using minibuses presently due to restrictions and constraints.
  • PE SEARCH Day provisions have also been stripped back.

Cleaning of equipment

  • Trampolines cleaned after every bubble use. The PE Faculty and Facilities team are in constant communication regarding cleaning of materials and topping up cleaning equipment.
  • Each year group has their own specific year group ‘bubble’. For example, Year 7 table tennis have their own table tennis equipment bag, which is used solely by and for Year 7. The same applies to other year groups and other sports we are offering.
  • This was possible because the school ordered more equipment to support in the teaching of PE this academic year.

Consultations with other schools

  • We are in constant contact with colleagues at other schools.
  • No extracurricular or fixtures for the near future.
  • Three other school in the Borough spoken with are offering similar sports and learning in line with us. Other schools are currently offering a variation of Football, Netball, Indoor Athletics, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis and Health Related Fitness.

Extracurricular clubs

  • No PE clubs before or after school for the near future.
  • Interhouse sport will be adapted and included in the last week of a block of learning.
  • We are not allowing coaches into school to keep the school bubble system as secure as possible. In the future, we hope to welcome back specialist sports to help our students.