Information for families with children in Year 12

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22nd May 2020 Back

The government has said that secondary school students sitting exams next year - Year 12s - 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.

Department for Education

When will you reopen?

We will open to Year 12s from Monday 15th June - if the government confirms it is safe to do so. 

Will you reopen full-time?

No, Year 12 will return to school on a part-time timetable. Students will be split into groups based around their form group. 

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

Which students can attend school?

Year 12 students can attend part-time. The children of key workers and vulnerable children can 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 in all of our usable classrooms
  • We have a no-touch thermometers
  • Teachers have PPE for medical emergencies 
  • We have put up signs to remind students to wash their hands
  • Social distancing barriers have been added to reception
  • Corridors, open spaces and classrooms are marked every 2m to make social distancing clear
  • Desks/workstations have been moved apart

How will you keep students safe?

Students will be split into groups. They will stay with their group throughout the day – different groups won’t mix. Each group will have their own dedicated classroom and toilets. 

  • Each classroom will have desks spaced out according to social distance guidelines
  • Social distancing markers will be present throughout the school
  • Handwashing/sanitising will happen before entering and leaving the school
  • Encouraging regular handwashing/sanitising
  • Each group will have a dedicated toilet zone which will operate a ‘one-in-one-out’ system 
  • 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 the school
  • Only teachers/teams timetabled to be in school will attend – minimal visitors

Will there be increased cleaning?    

Yes. Over half term the school will be deep cleaned.

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

  • Touchpoints, such as handrails and door handles
  • Toilets
  • Emptying of bins 
  • Tables and surfaces

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

Will students 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 a dedicated space and toilets. 

There will be a staggered start and end to the day.

How will teachers be protected?

We have PPE available for teachers dealing with medical emergencies.

What will students learn?

We will focus on UCAS preparation and subject intervention. Analysis of student progress during lockdown suggests these are the two areas needing the most support. 

How will students enter/leave school?

There will be a staggered start/end to each day. 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.
  • The end of school will be staggered so that children can be distanced when they leave the site.
  • We will contact families directly to let them know further details.

Will you provide lunch for students?

No, sessions will finish before lunch.

Will students be able to use outside space?

We are looking into this possibility but currently, this is not planned.

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.

Will you continue to look after key workers’ children?

We will continue to offer this service.

Will remote learning continue?

Yes, we will continue to deliver remote learning. The current timetable will not change and students will not be asked into school at a time that would clash with their lessons.

What should I do if I have questions?

If you have questions, please email the school using: