24th June 2020

RE: Year 12 Vocational Supplementary Provision Phase 3 – subject to government guidance

Dear Parent /Carer,

The first day of the Year 12 provision has been really successful with students adapting quickly to the new hygiene and social distancing routines. We know for some, this has been an anxious time but we have been able to provide reassurance and support with smiling staff awaiting to make it a positive and welcoming experience. We’ve missed them a great deal and it’s been fantastic to see them!

Phase 3 – In-School Subject Support

On Wednesday 1st July 2020, we will be offering all Year 12 vocational students another one-hour session with a subject specialist to support them on their course.

Students will remain in the same mini TG bubble with the same time slot, same room and same route for Phase 3 as they have for Phase 2.

These sessions are designed to provide supplementary support to the ongoing remote learning provision and to allow students to readjust to the school setting. We will be looking to reassure and support them in getting the best out of their remote learning as they prepare to enter the final year of Sixth Form

Students should arrive promptly at the designated start time using only the designated route.

Students will depart at the end of the session time. Due to social distancing, we are unable to allow students to remain on the site.

Remote learning will continue for all students. We are currently developing this provision to incorporate a mix of live and pre-recorded MSTeams teaching episodes for students to access. Details will be sent to all Year 12 students imminently.

Attendance:

Arrangements remain the same as Phase 2. We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, parents may not want their child to access this support and may decide not to send them into school.  No action will be taken against parents or carers who make this decision. However, you will be notified in the usual way if your child is absent for safeguarding and courtesy reasons, this will apply even if you have informed us that they will not be attending.

Government guidance has now changed allowing students with medical conditions to attend if the parent wishes. Our social distancing and hygiene arrangements are stringent and in line with government guidance. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19#parents-and-schools-with-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-children

Symptoms:

Please do not send your child in if they or anyone in your household has symptoms or has been in contact with someone with symptoms.

Check the guidance for further information and advice on testing. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Safety and Hygiene:

We have implemented the following protection measures to minimise the chance of infection:

  • We are still maintaining 2m social distancing throughout college.
  • Maximum of 8 students at each entrance and in each classroom at any one time.
  • Staggered start times to ensure this.
  • Classrooms have been arranged with 8 desk spaced in at least 2m bubbles.
  • Minimising of mixing by using ¼ of a Tutor Group and a single one-hour session.
  • Supervised sanitising or hand-washing facilities at each entrance.
  • Desks, chairs and surfaces are minimal and cleaned thoroughly between sessions.
  • Tissues and bins available for ‘catch-it, bin-it, kill-it’.
  • One-way contraflow system to prevent passing in corridors.
  • Pastoral support team on hand to support and reassure students.

Please discuss with your child, the importance of following instructions and adhering to these measures.

Transport:

For social distancing reasons, we would encourage your child to walk cycle or arrive by car (not car-sharing). Unfortunately, we are unable to offer school buses at this time. We would discourage public transport if possible but if this is your only option, we would advise reading the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers Any students travelling on public transport should remove their face-covering when they arrive at school and place it in a plastic bag.

Please ensure that your child respects social distancing rules on the journey to and from school. We will be unable to accommodate students who arrive in groups not adhering to the 2m distance.

Equipment, Uniform & PPE:

Students should bring their own pens, pencils, planner/notebook. Sharing of equipment is not advised.

Students should be dressed appropriately for college, in clothes that are easily washed at the end of the day.

Government guidance states that PPE is not required and should not be worn in school as all social distancing measures and hygiene measures are in place. PPE used incorrectly can increase the risk of infection.

Emergency Contact:

Our phone lines are now open between the hours of 10am-12noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to reduced staffing, waiting times may be longer than usual and we would still encourage you to use the contact us page of the website.  If you need to contact us in an emergency please use the Duty SLT mobile 07826 637935. This is for emergencies only and not general enquiries.

I hope this provides all the information that you need regarding Phase 3 and that these additional face-to-face in school sessions will provide our Year 12 students with the support they need to get the best out of their remaining remote learning provision for this academic term. Staff will continue to provide personalised virtual support and we hope that we will be able to welcome all students back on a full-time basis in September. We still await government guidance regarding the new academic year, but please be assured that we will be in touch as soon as possible.

In the meantime, thank you once again for your continued support and understanding.

Kindest regards,

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams

Principal