Information for families with children in Year 10

May 22nd 2020

The government has said that secondary school students sitting exams next year - Year 10s - are on track to start receiving face-to-face support from their school from Monday 15th June. But they don’t expect these students to return full-time. The government has also published guidance for families with children in secondary school.

When will you reopen?

Monday 15th June - if the government confirms it is safe to do so. 

Will you reopen full-time?

No, Year 10 will return to school on a part-time timetable. Children will be split into groups based on what subjects they are taking.

We will contact families directly to let them know when their child can attend school.

Which students can attend school?

Year 10 students can attend part-time.

The children of key workers and vulnerable children will continue to attend full-time.

How are you preparing to reopen?

We’re taking a number of steps to make sure we can open as safely as possible. Our school is being deep cleaned over half term.

  • We’ve installed sanitiser/handwashing stations

  • We have no-touch thermometers

  • Teachers have PPE for medical emergencies 

  • We have put up signs to remind students to wash their hands

  • Perspex shields have been added to reception

  • Corridors, canteen classrooms are marked every 2m to make social distancing clear

  • Desks/workstations will be moved apart

How will you keep my child safe? 

Children will be split into groups based on what subjects they study. They will stay with their group throughout the day – different groups won’t mix. Each group will have their own dedicated outside space and toilets.

  • Half the number of students will be in each classroom

  • Desks/workstations will be moved apart

  • Social distancing markers throughout the school

  • Handwashing/sanitising will happen before entering and leaving the school

  • Encouraging regular handwashing/sanitising

  • In the toilets, some sinks will be closed off so that students are distanced when using them

  • Personal belongings (food, pens, books etc.) won’t be shared

  • Doors will be propped open to minimise touching door handles

  • A one-way system will be in place to minimise movement around school

  • Only teachers/teams timetabled to be in school will attend – minimal visitors

Will there be increased cleaning?    

Yes. The school has been deep cleaned in preparation.

We will also be increasing cleaning throughout the school day. This includes:

  • Touch points, such as hand rails and door handles

  • Toilets

  • Emptying of bins 

  • Tables and surfaces will be cleaned during the day at break and lunchtime

We will also have a weekly deep clean of all spaces in use.

Will children be social distancing?

Yes, we will be encouraging social distancing and there will be markers on the floor throughout the school. Each group will also have dedicated outside space and toilets. 

In shared areas, such as toilets, some sinks will be closed off to make sure people are distanced from each other.

How will staff be protected?

We have PPE available for teachers dealing with medical emergencies.

What will my child be learning?

Our teaching teams will be helping to prepare children for their exams next year. They will be taught core subjects initially and option subjects at a later date.

How will my child enter/leave school?

There will be different entrances and exits for each group. We’re going to be making the most of our space to make sure groups don’t mix.

All entrances/exits used will have hand sanitiser stations.

We will contact families directly to let them know further details.

Will my child have to wear uniform?

Yes, but they won’t need to wear their tie or blazer.

Will you provide lunch for my child?

Yes, we will provide lunch for all children.

Students will have staggered break and lunch times. Seating will be marked out to ensure people are distanced from each other.

Tables will be cleaned between sittings.

Will my child be able to use outside space?

Yes, they will be able to go outside with their group. They will have a dedicated outside space.

They will sanitise their hands when they leave and re-enter the building.

I’ve received a letter from the NHS saying I should be shielding. Do I have to attend? 

No. If you have received a letter from the NHS instructing you to shield, we don’t expect you to attend school.

Will you continue to look after key workers’ children?

We will continue to offer full-time care for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Will remote learning continue?

Yes, we will continue to deliver remote learning to year groups not in school.

What should I do if I have questions?

If you have questions, please email or phone the school. Teachers won’t be available to talk to in person.